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Grief and Eating Disorder Treatment

      Presented by Chelsea Albus, MSW, LMSW – Primary Therapist “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.”― Leo Tolstoy Loss is a universal experience that impacts us all and an individual’s beliefs and feelings about grief are largely shaped by cultural, societal and religious influences. In Latino culture for example, the perception of death is significantly impacted by Catholic beliefs and women tend to demonstrate their mourning for the deceased through crying or wailing whereas men uphold the…

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What Causes Insomnia?

Everyone needs their sleep, and those who are in mental health recovery need it most of all. A good night of solid rest will help you to tackle each day’s challenges with high spirits, creativity, and vigor—while a lack of sleep can cause mental health symptoms to spiral. Not everyone finds it easy to fall asleep, though, or to stay asleep through the night. Sleepless nights are all too common, and the causes of insomnia are numerous. If you find that insomnia is sapping your mental fortitude, or stalling your recovery, then a good first step is to think through…

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Planning for Post-Recovery

Recovery isn’t something you “attain.” It’s an ongoing process, something you work toward every single day. As such, it’s not just something you engage in while in treatment, but also after treatment, once you return to your “normal” life. This is sometimes called the post-recovery phase, and in many ways can be one of the most difficult parts of the recovery journey. Maintaining healthy habits while also dealing with the stresses of everyday life can put a strain on you, which is why it is important to have a post-recovery plan in place. That’s a big part of what the…

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National Depression Screening Day

The National Institute of Mental Health characterizes depression in this way: It’s “common but serious.” That’s a good way to describe it. Certainly, depression impacts a good many Americans, but just because it’s an everyday occurrence that hardly means that it should be taken lightly. Depression interferes not just with mood but with the ability to deal with each day’s responsibilities and its challenges. Depression can have significant ramifications, yet it can also be treated, with long-lasting recovery more than attainable. Depression is also a serious issue within the eating disorder community, as many who struggle with eating disorders also…

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The Prevalence of Eating Disorders in the LGBT Community

Often times when people think about eating disorders, they associate them with young, straight, white females as that seems to be the stereotype. However, just like drug or alcohol addiction, eating disorders affect all walks of life; especially the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Because of the stress due to discrimination, bullying, and harassment, these factors directly correlate to the many mental health issues plaguing the LGBT community. These issues include: Anxiety Depression Suicide Attempts Eating disorders Substance abuse According to the National Eating Disorders Association, the LGBT community is at a higher risk of developing an eating…

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Binge Eating Disorder

There are often misconceptions as to what differentiates binge eating from overeating. While a lot of people overeat on occasion, like during the holidays having a second or third plate of food, some people who excessively overeat feel like it is out of their control and it becomes a regular occurrence which crosses over the line into binge eating disorder. They will feel a compulsion that they can’t resist and will continue binge eating. Binge eating disorder (B.E.D) is defined as recurring episodes of eating significantly more food in a short period of time than most people would eat under…

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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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What To Do When A Client Needs A Higher Level Of Care: The Art of Referring

You have been seeing your client for a few weeks now and are noticing that he/she is continually skipping meals or continuing to binge or purge. He or She seems to be losing stability and is not making the gains you hoped for. What is the best way to approach your client? What key things do you need to know to make a decision? How do you approach your client? Discuss your concerns and recommendation for treatment Help the client make the first phone call during your session Review our materials and the website together Our skilled and compassionate team…

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Cutting Edge of Research: Neurobiology of Eating Disorders

Cutting Edge of Research: The Neurobiology of Eating Disorders

Neurobiology and eating disorders research is documenting the important link between the brain and the behaviors of individuals who have eating disorders, particularly in regard to anxiety. The link between neurobiology and eating disorders is an extremely complex subject. Simply stated, scientists are showing that there are actual brain pathways in those with anxiety and eating disorders that closely link these behaviors. This indicates that the behaviors are not of choice, but that they are kicked into gear along these pathways when exposed to either food or the absence of food, depending on the individual. While it is difficult to…

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