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Eating Disorders and Empty Nesters – Nancy Albus Interview with Local News Station

Eating disorders can affect individuals at any age. This was the message Nancy Albus, CEO of Castlewood Treatment Center, wanted to get across in a recent interview. Nancy was featured on St. Louis’ KPLR11 this week, where she talked about eating disorders among empty nesters. Many people think of eating disorders as being a young person’s issue, but according to Nancy, “More women in their 40s and 50s are now seeking help for eating disorders.” Eating disorders occur for many reasons, and among empty nesters it is largely due to the big changes and conflicts these women are experiencing. Women…

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Infertility Caused by Eating Disorders

An eating disorder can leave lasting effects on a woman, even long after they have recovered from the disease. Many women with a history of eating disorders suffer from infertility, as one recent study showed. Eating Disorders’ Physical Impact on Ability to Conceive Researchers from King’s College London and the University College London published their report in the International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, BJOG. They found that women with a history of anorexia or bulimia have more fertility problems and more unplanned pregnancies than other women. This is due to the fact that when a women’s body fat decreases to unhealthy levels,…

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Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2013

Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2013

National Weight Stigma Awareness Week is scheduled for September 23-27, 2013. This week-long event creates awareness for the unfair discrimination that occurs in society regarding people’s weight. Also called weight discrimination, weight stigma happens any time someone is judged because of their size. Weight stigma takes place when overweight individuals are thought of as lazy or incompetent, when movies or TV shows portray overweight characters as bumbling idiots, and when kids on the playground make fat jokes. Weight stigma also occurs on the flip side, when thin people are categorized as hard working or driven, and when thin individuals are…

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First In CARF Accreditation For Eating Disorders

Castlewood Treatment Center is the first facility to be awarded a three-year accreditation for eating disorders from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This accreditation is the highest level of accreditation a service provider can receive. Earlier this year, CARF, International released new standards for accreditation of programs that treat individuals with eating disorders. The new application process is more rigorous and has about 2,500 standards designed to ensure that treatment programs offer the highest quality of carer and  protect patients and families seeking behavioral healthcare treatment. Fulfilling these new standards show extraordinary effort in meeting the needs of…

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New Facility Opens in Birmingham, Alabama

On Aug. 12, the Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders announced the opening its newest facility, Highlands Treatment Center, in Birmingham, Ala. This new facility will offer clients a safe haven for healing under the leadership of Ronda Cannon. Highlands will offer partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient that will be accessible to both men and women, ages 18 and older for not only all types of eating disorders, but also co-occurring issues. “We are grateful to bring our state-of-the art, individualized treatment approach to more people in need with this new facility,” said Nancy Albus, CEO of Castlewood Treatment…

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Castlewood CEO Speaks Out about Thigh Gap Trend

A current trend on social media involves young women taking photos of their bodies as they try to achieve a gap between their thighs. This trend, called the “thigh gap” has many young women crash dieting, excessively exercising and trying to attain a body ideal that simply is unrealistic for most women with a health body weight. This past week St. Louis’s NBC affiliate- KSDK shared the story with viewers and interviewed Castlewood Treatment Center’s CEO, Nancy Albus regarding the trend. The story was also picked up nationally by The Today Show and USA Today. Ms. Albus shared that “the pursuit of…

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Attachment: Otherwise Known as Love

Guest Post by Tamara Blum, MSW, LCSW In her book on case examples from her psychotherapy practice, Deborah Luepnitz (2002) paraphrases Arthur Schopenhauer’s fable on the dilemma of intimacy: A troop of porcupines is milling about on a cold winter’s day. In order to keep from freezing, the animals move closer together. Just as they are close enough to huddle, however, they start to poke each other with their quills. In order to stop the pain, they spread out, lose the advantage of co-mingling, and again begin to shiver. This sends them back in search of each other, and the…

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Staff Spotlight: Vanessa Curran, MA- Research Coordinator

Vanessa Curran is the Research Coordinator for Castlewood Treatment Centers in St. Louis Missouri. She obtained both her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Webster University.  Vanessa has published a research study on the topic of eating disorders and sexual identity. Since joining Castlewood Treatment Center in 2009, Vanessa has worked in Direct Care, Anxiety Services, and now as the research coordinator. “In my current position, I work to integrate evidence-based testing with treatment planning and program improvement,” said Vanessa. Vanessa shared that she “loves working at Castlewood because Castlewood is the only facility that I…

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Binge Eating Disorder Awareness Week

This week May 27-31, 2013 in recognition of the APA’s DSM 5 including Binge Eating Disorder (BED) as a Diagnosis, several groups have come together to celebrate Binge Eating Disorder Awareness Week. BingeBehavior.com, Beutiful Magazine, Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) and Kari Adams, host of the Killer Confidence with Kari Adams show, will be hosting Binge Eating Disorder (BED) Week. Castlewood is excited to contribute to this great week and help bring awareness to Binge Eating Disorder. Castlewood’s own Katie Thompson will post a new article on bingebehavior.com Wednesday afternoon as part of BED Awareness Week. Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder, afflicting…

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Castlewood Staff Support MOEDA Gala

The Missouri Eating Disorder Association hosted its annual fundraising gala event this past Saturday evening in St. Louis, Missouri. Castlewood Treatment Centers was the presenting sponsor for the event which was attended by supporters from across Missouri. The Missouri Eating Disorder Association (MOEDA) is the Missouri chapter of the National Eating Disorder Association. The Gala was a huge success, raising funds for eating disorder education, advocacy, prevention, and treatment in the state of Missouri. Attendees enjoyed a wonderful evening of dinner, dancing and a silent auction. MOEDA’s mission is to bring hope, compassion and understanding to the fight against eating disorders. MOEDA…

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