Parents should use caution and conduct extensive research before agreeing to antidepressant medication for kids

The case against antidepressants for eating disorders and depression

It is extremely risky to write an article against a commonly-prescribed treatment. Taking medication for mental illness has become a "sacred cow," protected without question. The most common analogy is that if we had a child who had diabetes, we wouldn't hesitate to treat with insulin. But the data surrounding antidepressants is nowhere near as … Continue reading The case against antidepressants for eating disorders and depression

Weight gain is often a natural and healthy part of eating disorder recovery. Parents must accept their child's weight gain to support recovery

Why is my child gaining weight in eating disorder recovery?

While not everyone gains weight during recovery, many of us do gain weight as a natural and healthy part of eating disorder recovery. It is very important that parents wholeheartedly accept their child's recovered weight. To help you understand what may happen with your child's weight during and after eating disorder recovery, we must take … Continue reading Why is my child gaining weight in eating disorder recovery?

When your child is diagnosed with an eating disorder, you need four types of professionals to make healing faster and easier

Four professionals you need on your team when your child has an eating disorder

If you suspect your child has an eating disorder, if your child has admitted that she or he has an eating disorder, or if your child has been diagnosed with an eating disorder, you should know that eating disorder recovery is 100% attainable and frequently occurs. Most of us who have eating disorders recover and … Continue reading Four professionals you need on your team when your child has an eating disorder

Family therapy is an excellent way to recognize and address deep family dynamics, especially when a child has an eating disorder

Have an eating disorder in the family? Then this is the one gift that everyone deserves

The holidays bring so much joy and laughter and wonderful gifts ... at least, that's what they are supposed to bring. But for many of us, eating disorders darken the holiday spirit, adding stress, concern and a sense of deep unease. If you have a child who has an eating disorder, then it's very possible … Continue reading Have an eating disorder in the family? Then this is the one gift that everyone deserves

Parental criticism is strongly correlated with numerous psychological disorders, including eating disorders. We must learn to stop criticizing our children

You can complain, but you can’t criticize if you want your child to heal from an eating disorder

Do you find your child lacking in certain areas? Do you roll your eyes when you talk to others about your child? Do you say "what is wrong with you?" when your child does something wrong? If so, it is likely that you are providing your child with "parental criticism," an extremely dangerous behavioral habit … Continue reading You can complain, but you can’t criticize if you want your child to heal from an eating disorder

Rosewood Center for Eating Disorders in Santa Monica, California provides outpatient care for adolescents/teenagers/teens who have eating disorders

What happens when you send your teenager to an outpatient treatment center for an eating disorder (Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders, Santa Monica)

There are many options for treating an eating disorder like anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and associated disorders. Which treatment plan you choose for your child depends mostly on your child's individual situation and your family situation. Not every child will need to attend a treatment center. If you determine that attending a treatment center … Continue reading What happens when you send your teenager to an outpatient treatment center for an eating disorder (Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders, Santa Monica)

body image and eating disorders ted talk with dr. lindsay kite of beauty redefined

We suffer when we believe we are bodies first and people second – watch this awesome TED Talk by Dr. Lindsay Kite

Our children who have eating disorders need to separate their souls from their bodies. This is extremely difficult, because they are surrounded by loud messages stating that their bodies drive who they are as people. We must educate our children about the media agenda that objectifies our bodies and turns them into the single most … Continue reading We suffer when we believe we are bodies first and people second – watch this awesome TED Talk by Dr. Lindsay Kite