Understanding and working with your child’s brain when battling an eating disorder – thoughts from the book The Whole-Brain Child

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, by Daniel J. Siegel M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., is a book by a neuropsychiatrist and parenting expert offering advice for integrating a child’s brain to transform the natural struggles of raising a child into opportunities for growth and expansion. Learning how the brain is wired can be …

Four reasons why eating disorders are so hard to treat in adolescents

Treating anyone with an eating disorder is complex, but when an eating disorder strikes your teenager, it can be even more challenging based on the following factors: 1. There are numerous psychiatric and medical comorbidities in someone with an eating disorder. Since many of these conditions may not have been previously identified in a teen, diagnosis and treatment is more …

Let’s try something different this Thanksgiving! No diet or binge talk – let’s focus on gratitude instead

Hey! Here’s an idea! How about instead of talking about dieting and bingeing during this thankful holiday, we focus on gratitude! No talk about getting stuffed or having to starve yourself for a week after Thanksgiving. No talk about “saving up” for the Thanksgiving feast and then devouring everything in sight to the point of groaning discomfort. No swapping diet techniques in …

Intuitive eating is a great tool for people with eating disorders, but it should be carefully monitored for possible distortions – with Christy Harrison, RD

When a brain is hijacked by an eating disorder, thoughts often revolve around the body. Feeding and not feeding the body, and worrying about the weight gain associated with eating, are constant companions when you have an eating disorder. One path out of eating disorders is learning Intuitive Eating, a practice in which your child will learn how to feed her/his body on …