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How we treat complex eating disorders at Castlewood

Eating disorders are not one-size-fits-all . . .  and treatment shouldn’t be either. At Castlewood, clients are accepted, supported and seen. Explore how we treat complex eating disorders to build independence and restore hope. Defining complex eating disorders At Castlewood, we believe that every eating disorder is a complex eating disorder. “Eating disorders are a manifestation of a person trying to cope with other issues and problems in their lives,” says Jim Gerber, M.A., ATR, Ph.D. “Our team engages clients in personalized treatment. We dive into their in-depth history to understand how these problems developed in their life.” Complex eating…

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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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Men, Depression, and Stigma

Depression is more than just a feeling of sadness or melancholy. It’s a true mental health disorder, and the effects can be both pervasive and extreme; that’s why depression is a leading factor in suicide. Treatment for depression is readily available, and recovery is attainable—but many people, especially men, choose instead to suffer in silence, never seeking the help they need or allowing themselves to hit rock bottom before they admit to a problem. There are a number of reasons why men might not seek treatment. Misinformation about depression is one major culprit; some men may not realize its seriousness,…

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Trauma Resolution and Eating Disorder Recovery

All of us have experiences with anxiety and stress, and even with painful situations. For some of us, those painful situations can cause real trauma and lingering pain, sometimes even manifesting in post-traumatic stress disorder. Those who struggle with PTSD, or with any form of ongoing trauma, often seek tools for coping—in some cases turning to substance use and addiction, but in other cases developing eating disorders. It is no coincidence that many of the people who seek eating disorder treatment are also diagnosed with trauma. That’s something we want to draw attention to during the month of December, as…

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Practice Gratitude Daily

It sounds almost platitudinous to say that we should all be more grateful, yet the daily practice of gratitude is more than an empty cliché. Being thankful, as an active state of mind, can have far-flung effects on our mental health, all of them positive. When we make ourselves grateful, it helps us to mitigate anxiety, stress, and internalized negativity; it allows us to be more open to the good things in this world. For those in recovery, it can be an invaluable tool. Practicing gratitude can also be surprisingly easy. Essentially, it boils down to making a mental record…

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Getting a Mental Health Diagnosis in College

Mental health disorders can impact people of all ages, and the symptoms may begin at any point in life—including while the individual is in college. Unfortunately, receiving a mental health diagnosis can cause many young people to end their college experience prematurely. “A recent survey reports that 47 percent of adults living with schizophrenia drop out of college, compared to the 27 percent college dropout rate in the U.S. overall,” says a recent blog post from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Another study reports that students diagnosed with bipolar disorder are 70 percent more likely to drop out of college…

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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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Exposure Therapy at Castlewood

Recovery from an eating disorder is a journey, with different phases and stages along the way. While not everyone has the exact same journey, it’s certainly not uncommon for our clients to begin in an intensive, residential program before transitioning into a partial hospitalization program (PHP). Ultimately, as clients make these transitions, our treatment approach encompasses more and more exposure therapy, wherein clients are asked to identify some situations that cause them anxiety—situations that they might normally either avoid or have trouble tolerating without ritualizing or doing harm to themselves. We gradually and repetitively place clients into these situations, offering…

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A Closer Look at Eating Disorders and Suicide

Talking openly about eating disorders is never easy; it can be a difficult topic, and its implications can make us uncomfortable. In addition, we come to one of the most challenging—and most necessary—conversations to be had about eating disorders, and that is the connection between eating disorders and suicide. Eating Disorder Mortality Rates It is no secret that eating disorders are associated with significantly elevated mortality rates. Sometimes, eating disorder-related deaths come about due to medical complications, but a substantial percentage are due to suicide. To offer just one sobering example: Individuals with anorexia are about 31 times more likely…

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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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