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Posts Tagged “Eating Disorders”

February 13, 2024

Life Beyond the Disorder

**Content warning: This is one person’s story; everyone will have unique experiences in recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors, and symptoms. Please use your discretion when reading and speak with your support system as needed.

Katie Mazzarelli (she/her) is a 23-year-old Registered Nurse who battled anorexia nervosa in her final years of college. With a little bit of hope and a whole lot of support, she seeks to motivate and inspire those struggling with the promise that there is a life worth fighting for beyond the disorder.

January 25, 2024

Understanding the Connection Between Eating Disorders & Body Dysmorphic Disorder

You look in the mirror for what feels like all hours of the day. You cannot stop fixating on your perceived “flaws,” frequently examining your face for blemishes and picking at your skin to try to make it look “smooth.” These near-constant thoughts about your appearance are taking over your life, affecting your relationships, passions, school, and work. 

You may be experiencing more than commonplace appearance insecurities. Symptoms like yours could indicate an eating disorder, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), or both. There are ways in which BDD and eating disorders overlap, but they are two distinct mental health conditions. 

January 23, 2024

Living Life Freely and Fully

**Content warning: This is one person’s story; everyone will have unique experiences in recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors, and symptoms. Please use your discretion when reading and speak with your support system as needed.

Adriana Freitas is in her final year of high school, burdened with chronic senioritis. She has conducted research at the Cleveland Clinic and hopes to major in a STEM-related field during college. Adriana’s arms are open to the world: writing, reading, making music. An artist in her soul, she hopes to make the world more beautiful.

January 16, 2024

Learning to Love Life Again

**Content warning: This is one person’s story; everyone will have unique experiences in recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors, and symptoms. Please use your discretion when reading and speak with your support system as needed.

Tara Perrotti (she/her) is a 20-year-old in Western New York, pursuing her bachelor’s degree while working and loving life in recovery! While this blog post has the largest audience Tara has shared her story with thus far, she hopes to have more opportunities to do so in the future, and to continue advocating for finding balance and happiness within life in recovery.

December 29, 2023

Choosing the Right Treatment Center: 5 Factors to Consider

You’ve reached a pivotal moment—the decision to seek treatment for your eating disorder. It’s a courageous step, and we understand the fear and uncertainty that often comes with it. Now, as you embark on a path toward healing, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the task of finding the right place to begin. 

We know that choosing the right treatment program is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It’s about finding a program that truly understands the complexities of eating disorders and recognizes your unique needs. That’s where we come in—to provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary to find the treatment center that’s just right for you. 

Let’s explore five essential factors to consider when searching for eating disorder treatment: evidence-based interventions, individualized care, a collaborative approach, a continuum of care options, and comprehensive support. 

December 21, 2023

5 Signs Your Patient May Be at Risk of an Eating Disorder Relapse

It’s arduous work to unlearn the negative self-beliefs and destructive patterns of an eating disorder. Even with robust, specialized treatment, a caring support system, and a firm personal commitment to recovery, many individuals will encounter lapses or relapse as they recover.

Eating disorders are highly recurrent by nature, meaning that relapse can be a normal part of the recovery process. Longitudinal cohort and treatment follow-up studies estimate that 20% to 50% of those with eating disorders will relapse. The risk of relapse is exceptionally high in individuals who are recovering from anorexia nervosa, especially those within the first year of their discharge from treatment.

Given the significant rates of relapse and their associated burdens—cognitive, emotional, social, financial, and physical/medical—effective relapse monitoring and assessment are vital. As a provider, you are an invaluable ally in helping your patient keep the path of recovery. By being prepared to intervene at the warning signs of a relapse, you can set your patient up for a strong and resilient recovery.

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