How to help someone you love who has a mental health condition like depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder

It can be incredibly difficult to watch a loved one who has a mental health condition like depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder. Mental health conditions make it hard for your loved one to experience life. No matter how much you love the person, your love alone will not help them recover. The person you … Continue reading How to help someone you love who has a mental health condition like depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder

People Who Have Experienced Trauma and Have an Eating Disorder Require Specialized Treatment Plans, by John Levitt, PhD

Estimates tend to vary, but data suggests that from approximately 68%-98% of people who attend eating disorder treatment programs report histories of sexual, and other, abuse or trauma. This suggests that when we treat eating disorders we need be prepared to treat a potentially underlying trauma history and even, possibly, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). … Continue reading People Who Have Experienced Trauma and Have an Eating Disorder Require Specialized Treatment Plans, by John Levitt, PhD

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Treating and preventing eating disorders with Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size, an interview with Brandi Koch MA, RD

In my work with parents of kids who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder, I have met a range of parents, from parents who have eating disorders themselves to parents who have no food issues and are natural intuitive eaters. Regardless of where parents fall on the spectrum, my goal is to educate them … Continue reading Treating and preventing eating disorders with Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size, an interview with Brandi Koch MA, RD

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Teenagers in Eating Disorder Treatment Programs – an interview with Zanita Zody of Clementine

There are many options available for treating a teenage daughter who has an eating disorder like bulimia, binge eating disorder or anorexia. Each family should evaluate the options available to them and determine what works best for their individual situation. We asked Zanita Zody of Clementine, a residential treatment program for adolescent girls aged 13-18, … Continue reading Teenagers in Eating Disorder Treatment Programs – an interview with Zanita Zody of Clementine

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A powerful weapon to fight eating disorders: diet science

Eating disorders are known to be complex, and many parents find that a child who has an eating disorder seems completely stuck in their misunderstanding of food and body size. There are two crucial elements to healing from an eating disorder: The first is emotional: a person must learn to process feelings and emotions in … Continue reading A powerful weapon to fight eating disorders: diet science

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

The case against antidepressants for eating disorders and depression

This article is not medical advice. It's advice for parents who have children and teens who may be prescribed antidepressants during eating disorder treatment. We are not anti-medication (antidepressants were helpful in my own recovery), but we do believe parents should have access to both sides of the discussion on antidepressants. The purspose of this … Continue reading The case against antidepressants for eating disorders and depression

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

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)

Hope Is Essential When Working With People Who Have “Chronic” Eating Disorders, by John Levitt, PhD

I never use the word "chronic" or "difficult" when describing a person who has been struggling with an eating disorder for a long time and who has required medical stabilization numerous times. These people may have been in and out of treatment, and they may require more or different care from others, but they always … Continue reading Hope Is Essential When Working With People Who Have “Chronic” Eating Disorders, by John Levitt, PhD

It is unlikely that your child's regular physician has specific training in eating disorder treatment. Provide this letter to help your doctor understand

Do no harm. A letter for parents to give medical doctors when their child is in recovery from an eating disorder

Very few medical doctors are trained in eating disorder recovery, and it is unlikely that your child's regular physician has specific training in eating disorder treatment beyond identifying the minimum weight threshold that indicates anorexia. This means that many doctors inadvertently trigger eating disorder behaviors due to a lack of knowledge about how to treat … Continue reading Do no harm. A letter for parents to give medical doctors when their child is in recovery from an eating disorder