Posts Tagged “For Providers”
The Health Benefits of Loving Yourself
Valentine’s Day may be commercialized and over-hyped. For some it’s an obligatory gift-giving day, for others it’s a reminder of a broken heart or an unclear relationship status. But for those who do choose to celebrate, the holiday is an occasion to recognize love in all its forms.
This Valentine’s week, we’re exploring love in the context of the relationships we have with ourselves. Like other types of love, self-love is an action we practice and develop, one cultivated through self-compassion. And self-compassion bestows physical and mental health benefits worth celebrating in this season of love and beyond.
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.
How to Identify Eating Disorders This Holiday Season
The holiday season is upon us, and while it often brings joy and celebration, it also presents challenges for individuals with eating disorders. With food-centric gatherings, disrupted eating routines, and a surge in diet conversations, it’s no wonder this time of year can be particularly tough for those struggling with food.
As a provider, you have the power to recognize the symptoms of disordered eating and eating disorders and connect them with the care they need. In this blog, we’ll explore the challenges faced by those with eating disorders during the holidays and discuss ways providers can offer support to those struggling.
Supporting Students: School in Eating Disorder Treatment
The fear of slipping behind in school shouldn’t be a barrier to connecting with lifesaving eating disorder care. While this concern is common and valid, your child or patient’s health must come before any outside commitments or responsibilities—including their education. The good news? Prioritizing health does not have to adversely affect academic progress.
At The Emily Program, we are committed to helping our clients stay on track with school while getting the vital eating disorder support they need. The process of navigating your child’s education and treatment may feel like an impossible balancing act, but we are here to help.
The Impact of Eating Disorders on Athletic Performance
The benefits of athletics are well-established. Participating in organized sports can help you build self-esteem, recognize the value of teamwork, set the foundation for a lifelong physical activity practice, improve mental health, promote social connections, open the doorway for scholarships or even a career, and teach important life skills, such as goal-setting and leadership.
However, these positive outcomes come with an important caveat. The pressures of athletic competition and the emphasis many sports place on body weight, shape, and size can contribute to psychological and physical stress. For individuals naturally predisposed to eating disorders, these stressors can be a tipping point into disordered territory.
Athletes frequently experience diminishing returns from disordered habits like restrictive dieting and over-training. Although it can be difficult for an athlete to step away from their sport, pursuing treatment increases their likelihood of safely returning—and can be lifesaving. Coaches, parents, teammates, and providers have a critical role in ensuring athletes are prioritized over the sport. Understanding the risks athletes face is key to providing preventative support.
A Day in the Life of a Client in PHP/IDP and IOP Care
Seeking support for an eating disorder is not only okay, it’s necessary. The longer care is delayed, the longer disordered thought patterns and behaviors have to take root and complicate recovery.
Eating disorder treatment and recovery can (and do) look different for everyone. Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, race, or background, there is a recovery path for anyone. The Emily Program’s day treatment programs are ideal for many individuals with eating disorders because they allow clients to practice recovery skills in their everyday lives while receiving comprehensive, evidence-based treatment at a higher level of care and structure.
The Emily Program is committed to providing evidence-based treatment that meets you at any stage of life. Breaking free from these all-consuming illnesses is possible. Read on to learn how our day treatment programs promote lasting recovery from an eating disorder.