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PTSD Awareness Day

Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, is an ongoing healthcare crisis, a condition that affects Americans of all ages and walks of life. At the same time, it’s something that is widely misunderstood. Many are not quite sure of what the condition is, whom it affects or how pervasive it truly is. That’s why June 27 has been set aside as National PTSD Awareness Day—a time for us to talk more openly and candidly about what the condition is and what it really means. This is something that is near and dear to our hearts at Castlewood. The reason for this…

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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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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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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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OCD and Eating Disorders

It is all too common for eating disorders to be accompanied by co-occurring conditions—and one of the most serious of all is obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD. While OCD is well known, it is not necessarily well understood. Much of what passes for conventional wisdom is in fact caricature and stigma, so it is worth looking at OCD with some clear, accurate details. Essentially, in order to receive a diagnosis of OCD, you have to meet a narrow set of criteria: You have to have obsessions and compulsions; Those obsessions and compulsions must have a big impact on your day to…

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Eating Disorders and Self-Harm

Eating disorders often present with co-occurring conditions—one of the most common of which is self-harm. Self-harm is characterized as the deliberate injury of the body, and may manifest as cutting, burning, hair pulling, or even overdosing on medications or elicit drugs. Contrary to popular myth, self-harm is not a “cry for attention.” Often, self-harm is secret and private. Why does self-harm so often co-occur with eating disorders? There are multiple factors. For one, those who struggle with eating disorders have increased risk for engaging in self-harm behaviors. In addition, those engaging in self-harm behaviors may also exhibit symptoms of eating…

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Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating

When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it is likely that their appetite can become suppressed due to the abuse of these types of substances. After an individual receives treatment for their substance abuse and is clean and sober, it’s possible for them to develop an eating disorder like binge eating in order to fill the void that the absence of drugs or alcohol have left in the brain’s pleasure center. However, it’s important to know the difference between having developed an eating disorder, or if you have disordered eating; the distinctive difference between the two being the level…

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Health, Wellness, and Recovery

Your overall health is so important in recovery. Not just your physical health, but your mental health as well. You want to try and always make informed, healthy choices that positively support your overall well-being. Every aspect of your life affects your welfare; your job, your living situation, your friends, family, hobbies – it’s imperative that all of these things are a positive influence throughout your recovery. While every day won’t be rainbows and roses, if there is a constant negative in your life, you know you need to make a change in that area. Everyone knows the saying, “Insanity…

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Why Are Eating Disorders a Concern in Early Recovery From Addiction?

Did you know that we have a reward pathway in our brain called the mesolimbic dopamine system which detects rewarding stimulus? True story – we all have it and the way you know you have it is it controls your responses to natural rewards, being in love, getting praised or exercising. Without getting too scientific and losing you with a ton of medical jargon, basically, when this pathway is activated, it tells you to repeat whatever reward you just engaged in that triggered the pathway. And not only that, but according to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,…

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