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eating disorders not limited to women

Eating Disorders not Limited to Women; Men also Struggle

Women are not the only ones who gaze at photos of models and movie stars, wishing they, too, could have the seemingly perfect body. Men have desires for ideal bodies, too, and they can suffer from eating disorders as a result. Women are also not the only ones fighting with problems of self-esteem, guilt and shame. These feelings can contribute to the development of an eating disorder. Though not as commonly discussed, eating disorders – anorexia, bulimia and binge eating – also occur among men. Body image concerns Statistics show that more than 10 million men in the United States…

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Reclaiming My Story

Written by L.M- Castlewood Alumnus “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” ― Brené Brown I’ve spent most of my life running from my story, using an eating disorder as a way to disconnect from feelings of fear, shame, and worthlessness.  Recovery never made…

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Advanced-level Webinar (with CEUs) for Professionals March 12th

Nancy Albus, LPC, NCC, CEDS, Castlewood’s CEO and a nationally recognized expert on eating disorders, will present a webinar for professionals this month titled “A Treatment Approach Directed toward Identity Development, Relationship Transformation and Sexuality in the Eating Disorder Client.” This advanced-level seminar is based on current research suggesting that those with eating disorders often experience difficulties in intimacy, relationships and identity development. Case studies will be presented, and participants provided with interventions that may be useful in helping clients in relapse prevention strategies. Professionals who work with clients struggling with all type of eating disorders are invited to attend…

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New Study Support’s Castlewood’s Evidence-based Treatment Approach

Evidence-based treatment is a big buzzword not just for eating disorder therapy but for all medical and mental health practitioners. More than just a trendy idea, evidence-based treatment means that it is research evaluated and documented as being effective. A recent study by a collaborative team from Oxford University and the University of Copenhagen establishes that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is more effective that psychoanalytic psychotherapy (PPT) in patients with eating disorders. The important overall point made in this research study, published last month in the American Journal of Psychiatry, is that CBT is more effective than PPT, as well…

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Impact of Communication on Interpersonal Relationships

Effective communication is the cornerstone to satisfying, healthy relationships. Very often in eating disorders, a client’s communication is silenced, or there is little or no real communication going on. This is extraordinarily problematic from the perspective of building and creating satisfactory personal intimacy. It may also leave a person feeling unattached from anyone in the word. This lack of attachment and connection causes the eating disorder to be more heavily relied upon. The importance of communication in interpersonal relationships just can’t be overstated. This is the reason why every aspect of treatment at Castlewood includes the development of formal and…

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The Mission of Connection and Community

Mission of Connection and Community

Castlewood’s mission isn’t just to provide eating disorder care during the time that our clients are in active treatment. We also believe that we have a mission and commitment to support the cause of recovery locally, and across the nation. Actively sponsoring and taking part in the professional and community events of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) are important ways that we do this. Winter Gala’s held on December 7, 2013, at iaedp chapers across the nation bring professionals and those in recovery together to celebrate the message of hope for recovery from eating disorders. Castlewood is…

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Prioritizing Recovery during the Holidays

When a young adult with an eating disorder heads off to college in August for their freshman year, many parents hope that this new environment will provide a degree of change that will allow their child to step away from their eating issues. But when their loved one returns home for the holiday season, they are often shocked to see that their child isn’t doing as well as they’d hoped, and in many cases is doing much worse. Parents have the best intentions for their children, and invest a lot of time and expense into helping them pursue higher education.…

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Castlewood Family Week

Castlewood will be hosting one of our regularly scheduled Family Weeks starting November 6th. We are excited to welcome families into Castlewood Treatment Center to help them gain the tools necessary to be effectively involved in their loved one’s recovery. At Castlewood, we know how important family is to recovery. Family members can become strong advocates for the patient and assist them in navigating through the process of recovery and life integration. Healthy family communication and boundaries are important to insure lasting recovery. In order to incorporate families into the treatment process, we host events like family week, where we…

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Developing Healthy Relationships

Castlewood Treatment Center will be hosting three Lunch and Learn sessions this October. The educational presentations will take place October 10, 22 and 23, and will be held at various locations throughout Texas. The topic of the discussions will be Helping clients with Eating Disorders Develop Healthy Intimacy, Relationships and Sexuality. As the presenter of these sessions, there are two main goals I hope to accomplish. First of all, I want to help clinicians who treat eating disorders in their practice to better understand the treatment philosophy of Castlewood. At Castlewood, we do not look at an eating disorder as…

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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., 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 Wednesday afternoon as part of BED Awareness Week. Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder, afflicting…

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