Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center is dedicated to those who are affected by eating disorders, and in providing expert preventative and interventional education to the general public. Our blog covers new treatments and trends, statistics and public initiatives, inspirational successes, therapeutic trends and solid science. Visit often and comment!
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The Dietitian as Part of an Integrated Treatment Team

For August’s Tuesday’s with Tammy community question, Tammy tackles a question we often hear, “How often does a client at Castlewood interact with the dietitian as part of the treatment team?” At Castlewood, the dietitian plays an integral part of the treatment team in both individual and group settings.  In residential care, a client meets individually with his or her dietitian twice a week after the initial assessment has taken place. This frequent contact allows the client and dietitian to address personal concerns and struggles that the client is experiencing and ensures that any adjustments in meal plans are done…

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Preparing Your Body for Sleep

It is often said that one of the simplest yet most meaningful things you can do for your mental health is simply to sleep—getting at least eight hours of real rest each night. This provides you with the energy and the optimism you need to face new challenges each day, including the obstacles that sometimes accompany the recovery process. For some of us, falling to sleep is a breeze, and getting in those eight hours is no big deal. Others are not so lucky. In fact, there are many who wrestle with sleeplessness each and every night, and for whom…

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Eating Disorder Awareness is Urgent. Here’s Why.

Frequently, we talk about the concept of stigma as it relates to eating disorders. Though countless men and women, boys and girls struggle daily with eating disorders—and some of them lose their lives because of it—there remains much misinformation about what eating disorders are, and how they affect body and mind. People do not feel comfortable speaking honestly or openly about eating disorders. As such, those who struggle often feel like they must do so in silence, never seeking the treatment they deserve. This breaks our hearts, because we know how dangerous eating disorders are, but also how much treatment…

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Learning to Be Okay With “Not Knowing”

By Annie Wittenberg, Castlewood Alumnus Subtext: I Don’t Always Have to Have an Answer… (And that is such a relief!) “I don’t know!!!” I said vehemently. “What is it you don’t know?” Laura Wood asked, after the second expressive session of alumni weekend. “I don’t know what I don’t know!” I exclaimed frustrated with myself. I was hoping Laura was about to give me homework that would clarify my confusion. Laura smiled and told me my “homework” for the night was to listen to the Beatles’ song Let it Be. I was like seriously Laura?! That’s my homework? (I may…

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Alcohol Abuse and Eating Disorders

Struggling with an eating disorder can be difficult and at times, it might even feel hopeless. Unfortunately, those who have an eating disorder often grapple with a number of other issues. One of the most common of these is substance abuse. By some estimates, half of those who have an eating disorder also have a struggle with addiction—a rate that is five times greater than that of the general population. The connection between eating disorders and substance abuse can be seen in both women and men, though it is a bit more common among men. Understanding the Connection What’s the…

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Eating Disorders in the Transgender Community

Eating disorders are equal opportunity offenders; they affect individuals from all age groups, genders, ethnicities and lifestyles. Though none are exempt from eating disorders, it is also important to point out that some populations have a higher risk factor than others. One community that is at an especially high risk for eating disorders: The transgender community. Sobering New Research Such is the finding of new research from Washington University in St. Louis. This is not completely surprising, as previous studies have confirmed that others in the LGBT community have higher-than-normal odds for eating disorders. For example, gay and bi-sexual men…

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Avoid Stress on Your Summer Vacation

In theory, summer vacations are all about relaxing, recreating, reconnecting with family members and friends—basically just having some fun, allowing your body and mind to recharge, and ridding yourself of the stress that’s pent up during your work or school life. In actual practice, summer vacations do not always turn out this way. Whether you are road tripping with your family or flying cross-country with some friends, summer travel can often cause as much stress as it alleviates. It does not have to though. The important thing is to consider your summer vacation strategically. Be intentional about keeping it low-stress,…

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How do we Determine Goal Weight Ranges?

Each 2nd Tuesday of the month, Tammy Beasley answers questions we receive from referral partners, potential clients and others. Our goal for Tuesday’s with Tammy is to answer any questions you might have and make you more comfortable with treatment at Castlewood Treatment Centers. How does Castlewood determine a client’s goal weight range for nutritional rehabilitation? When a client is admitted to Castlewood, our dietitians will determine each individual’s goal weight range by using three forms of assessment. The most important assessment? What the client’s outpatient dietitian recommends, since it is the outpatient treatment team that knows the client best…

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Lobbying for Eating Disorder and Mental Health Reform

Too often we hear from insurance companies “Residential Eating Disorder Treatment isn’t a covered benefit on this policy.” When faced with the need for life-saving treatment, what is a person or family to do when their insurance will not cover the treatment needed? The Residential Eating Disorder Coalition (REDC) held a Fly-In Lobby Day last month in Washington DC. I had the opportunity to represent Castlewood Treatment Centers and ask Congressmen, Congresswomen and Senators from Missouri and Kansas that exact question. We were there to request support for legislative clarity and enforcement of the Mental Health parity law. In the…

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Male Eating Disorders: More Common Than You Think

Eating disorders are equal opportunity offenders—prevalent in both female and male populations. Unfortunately, that truth may come as a bit of a surprise to the public. Despite plenty of clinical literature showing eating disorders to be gender-blind, the common misconception is that it is primarily women who battle these destructive diseases. A recent study in Psychiatric Times confirms this. “Eating disorders are often thought of as a ‘female problem,’” the article states. “Even researchers, advocates and treatment providers who are aware that these disorders affect men and boys are plagued by misinformation.” The study provides an example: It is often…

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