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!

Eating Disorder Action Day

Eating disorders are common—impacting individuals of all ages, genders, and lifestyles—they remain clouded in stigma. There is neither enough open dialogue about eating disorders, nor enough understanding of what an eating disorder truly entails. We’ve got to take action to change all of that—and soon, there will be an opportunity to do exactly that: June 2, 2016, has been declared the first annual World Eating Disorder Action Day—a prime chance for all of us to raise the dialogue, fight back against the stigma, and increase awareness for the eating disorder community. So what is this day all about? According to…

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Developing a Stress Management Plan

All of us encounter stressful situations from time to time. There is not much we can do to avoid it—but what we can do is make sure we are ready. When stress ambushes us, catching us off guard and pulling the rug out from under us, it can cause us to react poorly, unhealthily. For those with an eating disorder, it might even trigger relapse. When we have a stress management plan in place, though, it empowers us to respond to stressors more thoughtfully and constructively. Taking the time to formulate a stress management plan is a key part of…

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Let’s Talk More About Eating Disorders

Struggling with an eating disorder can feel lonely. It can feel isolating—especially when you are not part of a good support group (which you really need to be). It can feel like nobody else in the world knows what you are dealing with, or could possibly have real empathy or understanding for your battle. The thing is, there is something we can do to help people understand—to cut through some of that stigma and help develop real empathy for those in the eating disorder recovery community. It all starts with conversation. When we open ourselves up a little bit and…

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Relapse Prevention

Recovery is not something you achieve and then forget about. Rather, it is a process, a journey—something you cultivate over the course of a lifetime. On any recovery journey, there will be bad days and tough times. There may even be moments of relapse. There are many factors that might cause or exacerbate an eating disorder relapse; many of them tied to external stressors in your life or are biological, psychological or social factors The question is, what do you do in the face of relapse? First and most importantly: Show yourself some compassion. You have not failed, and relapse…

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Summer Body Image Concerns

Body image is a struggle for countless Americans—including men and women, boys and girls, people from all age groups, ethnicities, and walks of life. Of course, body image struggles can be especially intense and harmful for those who have an eating disorder. The summer months—bathing suit season, that is—can pose the greatest challenges of all. What makes body image such a big problem? A big part of it is media saturation. As our summer body image infographic shows, an overwhelming number of magazines and blogs regularly publish articles devoted to weight loss. “Summer body” articles are some of the most…

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Serotonin, Fluid and Probiotics

Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD shares her answers to two questions we received in response to her March Webinar. Join us the 2nd Tuesday of every month for her insightful updates about nutrition and dietetics in the field of Eating Disorders. “Does serotonin increase or decrease fluid in the gut?” This is another great question from a participant in Castlewood’s “The Gut Brain and Eating Disorders: Nutrition Therapy in the Healing Process” webinar but one without definitive answers in relationship to eating disorders specifically. Fact #1: Most of the body’s serotonin is found in the gastrointestinal tract and is known to…

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National Women’s Health Week

May 8 through May 14 has been designated as 2016’s National Women’s Health Week—a great opportunity to elevate the dialogue regarding the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of all the ladies out there. This dialogue must include a frank discussion of eating disorders, which continue to pose a lethal threat to women of all ages and backgrounds. Eating disorders are all too common among women. In fact, it is estimated that some 20 million American women struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their life. There are many different types of eating disorders that impact women—anorexia, bulimia, binge…

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Mental Health Month

It’s always a good idea to consider your mental health, and to do what you can do to preserve your own wellbeing. This month is an especially great time to think through these issues, however, because it’s Mental Health Month. All of May has been set aside to raise awareness about mental health and related issues. One of the best ways you can honor Mental Health Month is to take care of your own mental wellbeing—but how? Consider some of these important steps: Get screened for depression, anxiety, and other potential mental health disorders. You have nothing to lose. Screenings…

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Exercise: From Obsession to Enjoyment

Guest Post by Paul Beuttenmuller, Castlewood Alumni When you hear the word “exercise,” what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Do you feel anxious? Stressed? Do you feel irritable or guilty because you didn’t go to the gym today? Or maybe you even did go but didn’t push yourself hard enough? Is exercise an obligation, something that you have to do as part of a rigid, structured, no-holds-barred routine? Your gut reaction to that word says a lot about your relationship with it. An Eating Disorder (ED) is a sneaky disease. Yes- I used to binge and purge,…

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National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week

The first week in May—technically May 2 through May 8—is this year’s National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week. This is a real blessing for those who may struggle with these mental health conditions—a blessing, and an opportunity. Anxiety and depression disorders are common, yet they also remain mired in stigma. Simply put, most of us are afraid to talk about them. Awareness Week, though, provides an invaluable opportunity to speak up, to tell your story, to break the stigma, and to start the conversation. The question is, what could you do for National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week? What should…

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