compassion eating disorder recovery

How compassion can help your child in eating disorder recovery

Are you looking for ways to help your child recover from an eating disorder? If so, learning compassion is a great way to support eating disorder recovery. Compassion for your child or loved one, and compassion for yourself will go a long way to helping everyone during the recovery process. 1. Giving compassion to your child in eating disorder recovery …

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Emotional repression, the gateway to eating disorders

Emotional repression can be considered the gateway to eating disorders. Parents who are interested in preventing and healing eating disorders can help their kids feel their feelings. For the first time in history, our kids are more actively stressed than we (their parents) are. Our kids are living with high levels of anxiety, fear. They worry about everything from their …

A recipe for soothing your child with love instead of food

When your child is upset, sad, anxious, depressed, or any other negative feeling, it’s perfectly natural to think about food as a way to make them feel better. Who hasn’t thought about offering ice cream, a favorite meal, or a visit to Starbucks as a cure for the blues? Most of us have used food as a form of soothing …

cognitive distortions and eating disorders

10 cognitive distortions that support eating disorders

People who have eating disorders often exhibit 10 common cognitive distortions that are well known in psychology. In fact, many therapists begin with an assessment of these 10 cognitive distortions: All-or-nothing thinking Overgeneralization Mental filter Disqualifying the positive Jumping to conclusions Magnification and minimization Emotional reasoning Should statements Labeling and mislabeling Personalization Cognitive distortions are a hallmark of anxiety, depression, …

Self-esteem, body image, and eating disorders – what parents can do to help

Eating disorders are strongly associated with low self‐esteem and poor body image. [1, 2] Self-esteem and body image must be improved in order to heal fully from an eating disorder because we can’t change a behavior until we change the predisposing factors that drive that behavior. [3] If we tell a child that she’s beautiful and doesn’t need to starve …

why is my child emotionally withdrawn?

Why is my child emotionally withdrawn from me?

Have you noticed that your child has become emotionally withdrawn? Are they spending less time with you, and not sharing their life with you? When a child is emotionally withdrawn, it is often a sign that their parents need to learn some new parenting skills. Emotional withdrawal in the parent-child relationship can be a red flag for eating disorders and other …

dangers of a too nice family

The dangers of a “too-nice” family culture

Your family may appear to be very happy. Everyone sees you as a cohesive and loving family unit. But, believe it or not, families can be “too nice.” Families that are “too nice” tend to raise kids who: Struggle with their individual identity Feel pressure to conform Repress their emotions Find out how to spot a “too nice” family, why …

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Getting angry in recovery for an eating disorder

If your child has an eating disorder, it’s very possible that they feel angry while recovering. Most parents do everything they can to support their child, and they do not anticipate the anger that often comes with recovery. Almost all parents have done the absolute best job they possibly can in raising their child to be whole, confident and strong. …