Understanding therapy for eating disorders – an interview with Colleen Reichmann, Psy.D.

We interviewed Dr. Colleen Reichmann to find out more about what it's like to be a therapist who specializes in eating disorders.  Q: Why did you become a therapist? I became a therapist because, quite simply, I wanted to give back! I have struggled with my own mental health issues, and have seen first hand … Continue reading Understanding therapy for eating disorders – an interview with Colleen Reichmann, Psy.D.

How to pay for your child’s eating disorder treatment

Eating disorders are chronically underfunded, both from a research and a treatment standpoint. Many healthcare providers are ill-equipped to diagnose and treat eating disorders, and many insurance companies will severely limit treatment or deny treatment altogether. This is seriously depressing, especially since we know that eating disorders that are caught and treated early are less … Continue reading How to pay for your child’s eating disorder treatment

Our family’s story of our 13-year-old daughter’s recovery from anorexia with Family Based Treatment (FBT)

By Anonymous My daughter had a brain tumor at age 2 that caused morning vomiting through age 6.* She survived due to early intervention that included craniotomies and physical therapy. She was diagnosed with social anxiety at age 6. She refused to drink water at school because she did not want to use the bathroom … Continue reading Our family’s story of our 13-year-old daughter’s recovery from anorexia with Family Based Treatment (FBT)

What to do when your teenager refuses to get treatment for their eating disorder

Teenagers are biologically driven to differentiate and individuate from their parents. This is the main reason why parenting a child from ages 10-20 can be especially tricky. Adolescent brains are working very hard to prune childhood neural connections while building powerful new adult connections that will stay with them for life. This work can fundamentally … Continue reading What to do when your teenager refuses to get treatment for their eating disorder

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