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Family Week at Castlewood

Castlewood Treatment Center hosts Family Week every six weeks for our Residential and PHP clients and their support systems. Family Week is a three day long intensive experience involving group, individual and family therapy. The staff provides psycho-educational groups for families to learn about eating disorders, the process of recovery, and co-morbid disorders such as anxiety & OCD. In addition to didactic and educational sessions, families participate in intensive group therapy sessions which help them to identify and resolve problematic family dynamics. Families also meet with our therapy staff individually and as a family to explore how they can best support…

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Understanding Binge Eating Disorder

Several recent studies on Binge Eating Disorder have found that disordered eating may be linked to attention deficit and a lack of self awareness. Translated this may mean that those that suffer from BED may need to work towards increased self awareness and develop a more cohesive self concept. For those of us that treat eating disorders, the struggle with identity and self awareness is not a new concept but having research to back it can often help with treatment. In one recent study, psychologists at Geneva University in Switzerland tested the cognitive abilities of three groups—obese individuals with BED,…

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Self-Forgiveness and Eating Disorders

In a recent update from EDReferral, the largest eating Disorder Referral and Information service, a recent study regarding self forgiveness and eating disorders was sited. This study investigated whether low levels of self-forgiveness were associated with eating disorder symptomatology. Participating women (N = 51) had diagnoses of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or no eating disorder diagnosis. They completed 3 measures of self-forgiveness. Women with eating disorders had lower levels of self-forgiveness compared with control participants. Results suggest that incorporating self-forgiveness interventions into current eating disorder treatments should be evaluated in future research as they might enhance clinical outcomes. Source: Eat…

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The Process of Therapy

Written  by Castlewood Alumni “Kelley” & Erin McGinty, LPC- Primary Therapist and Program Director From Kelley- When I entered Castlewood, I thought life would get steadily easier. What I soon realized was I was beginning to embark on a journey towards authentic feeling; not an easy task when I was numbed out from the world for so many years. Emotionally frozen for some time when I came to Castlewood, I began to slowly, very slowly defrost. I moved further away from engaging in my eating disorder behaviors, and closer to recovery. The layers and walls I built up during the…

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Binge Eating and Depression linked in Teenage Girls

According to an article on Medical News Today, a recent study was conducted on the correlation between depression and binge eating in teenage girls. The study found that adolescents who struggle with depression are 2 times more likely to develop binge eating habits than girls who are not depressed. The researchers are suggesting that “Binge eating prevention initiatives should consider the role of depressive symptoms, and incorporate suggestions for dealing with negative emotions.” This article and research illuminates a concept very familiar to those of us that have been treating eating disorders for years. Depresssion, negative self image, self hate, shame,…

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Recovery- What happens after Treatment

by Kelly Garin- Castlewood Alumni Back when I was in the grips of my eating disorder I didn’t believe there was such a thing as “true recovery.” It was so hard to imagine not being consumed daily by self-hating thoughts and disgust of my body. As I spent time in treatment I would often see recovery speakers come and tell their story, and it seemed like their stories were all the same. They came to treatment, were cured, and left to live a perfect and happy life. Hearing this I had such a hard time believing in recovery, if everyone…

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Positive Affirmations

At Castlewood we believe in the power of positive affirmations. Affirming yourself, your life, and your body before you even allow yourself to actually believe it can shift your mindset and move you toward recovery.  We encourage you to start small, with  1 positive affirmation each morning. Check out this article on positive affirmations and begin sharing your affirmations with yourself TODAY. Positive Affirmations Article    

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Action Precedes Motivation- Emily Williams, LPC

 Action Precedes Motivation Often at Castlewood we find that one of the biggest obstacles to recovery for our clients is depression. Clients have shared that depression prevents them from getting out and living life. They describe a cycle of waiting for the anxiety to remit and motivation to show up before they can go out and live life. We have found that sometimes action precedes motivation. If you are depressed and sit around waiting until you have the motivation to get out of bed and meet friends, it will never happen.  You have to take the action first, then the…

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Depression in Pregnancy and Eating Disorders

A new study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  found that many women who suffer from depression during or after pregnancy have struggled with eating disorders and are victims of physical or sexual abuse. This study highlights that screening for eating disorders and history of abuse should be standard in prenatal care. Screening for eating disorders and abuse history should be standard in many screenings for medical care. To read the full article visit this link: Pregnancy related depression and Eating Disorders The relationship between depression and Eating Disorder as well as Eating Disorder and abuse needs…

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Here in the Mirror: Finding Beauty Beyond Body Image

At Castlewood we always promote developing a healthy body image as part of the recovery process. We encourage our clients to learn to accept their body, their story, and themselves. We always say that body image is one of the last things to shift, but that you can accept and love your body for all that it has endured as well as how it has helped you survive. Below is a beautiful article about the process of shifting body image written by one of our amazing Alumni. Thanks Sarah for sharing with us! Here in the Mirror: Finding Beauty Beyond…

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