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Eating Disorders, Transfer Addiction, and Body Image

June 28, 2017

Whether it’s overcoming an eating disorder, conquering an addiction, or both, the general assumption is that once a person receives treatment, they will be “cured.” However, there is a danger of trading your addiction. Addiction replacement, or transfer addiction, occurs when an individual in recovery substitutes one addiction for another. The transfer occurs as a person substitutes one addiction for another to compensate for some perceived absence, either an emotional or psychological one. Similar to addiction, the abuse of food can create a false sense of happiness or relief. Some studies suggest that the same pleasure centers in the brain…

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Can Apps Help Women Stay Clean & Sober?

June 13, 2017

The world continues to move online, so it should be no surprise that those in recovery are finding outlets online that will help them in their journey. As more and more people turn to their mobile devices to stay connected, apps have become increasingly popular in helping those in recovery. Below are some of the apps that could help you in your journey.* 5 Apps to Assist in Your Recovery Journey Rise Up + Recover Rise Up + Recover is an app that is geared toward helping those recovering from an eating disorder. The app uses cognitive behavioral therapy to…

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Eating Disorders Among Women

September 27, 2016

Eating disorders are not a fad. They’re not a phase or even a lifestyle choice. They are serious and complex illnesses that affect both physical and mental health, and they're potentially life-threatening. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), 20 million women suffer from an eating disorder, generally stemming from body dissatisfaction.1 NEDA points out that up to 60 percent of girls between the ages of six and 12 are concerned about their weight or worried about becoming too fat, and 46 percent of girls aged nine to 11 are "sometimes" or "very often" on a diet. Of elementary…

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Societal Pressures Contribute to Eating Disorders

September 6, 2016

Eating disorders are a growing problem in today's society. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia involve distortions in body image and self-esteem that drive women to use food to express a variety of inner conflicts. These disorders generally occur in women, but some men are affected, as well. A number of societal pressures can be linked to the development of eating and food issues. The Psychology of High Achieving Women often experience the pressure to achieve excellence on a number of levels. The family may have a strong internal scripting for achievement that can put tremendous pressure on individuals to do well…

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Four Eating Disorder Treatment Myths

February 13, 2015

Eating disorder treatment and recovery are often misunderstood by the general public. There are many misconceptions and half-truths around that hide the reality of the situation for the millions of women (and, to a lesser degree, men) who are battling with the most life-threatening of all mental health disorders. According to recent statistics, approximately 10% of individuals with an eating disorder (such as anorexia nervosa) will die from it within ten years. With this in mind, it is incredibly important that we clear up any misconceptions about eating disorders and their treatment so that those who need help can have…

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Can Eating Disorder Treatment Be Successful?

January 16, 2015

Eating disorder treatment can be successful. There are many clients of eating disorders, ranging from anorexia nervosa to binge-eating disorder, now leading healthy and balanced lives in recovery. A successful recovery requires hard work, dedication and commitment to getting better, in addition to the tried-and-true treatment methods for recovery. Eating Disorder Treatment Eating disorder treatment utilizes treatment methods that have proven to be effective and have helped many, many clients reap the benefits of leading healthier and more balanced lives in recovery. These treatment methods are psychotherapy, counseling and attending support group meetings. Psychotherapy sessions help clients to uncover the…

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Eating Disorder Treatment: Beyond Anorexia

August 4, 2013

Eating disorder treatment is not just for women with anorexia. It is reported that almost half of all Americans personally know someone with an eating disorder, a behavioral health disorder that affects about eight million Americans. Although an estimated one in 200 US women struggle with anorexia, nearly three in 100 are living with bulimia. Eating disorder treatment addresses a range of conditions, and can be effective if administered early. Sadly, only one in ten people with eating disorders receive the treatment they need. Eating Disorder Treatment: Beyond Anorexia Bulimia 64 percent of women with bulimia are actually at an…

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Treatment for Eating Disorders: 4 Common Tips

June 21, 2013

Treatment for eating disorders is a multi-faceted process. It generally involves attention to all parts of one's wellbeing and lifestyle, including therapy for the emotional aspects of the disorder, nutritional education, and family counseling. Treatment for eating disorders also commonly co-occurs with substance abuse treatment. While you may hear many pieces of advice during your treatment, the details of each person's treatment will differ. Today we’ll cover four tips that can help anyone on their way to recovery, regardless of each specific situation. Tips for Successful Treatment for Eating Disorders 1. Find support Living with an eating disorder can be…

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Understanding Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa

October 24, 2012

Anorexia nervosa is one of the most common eating disorders, but there are many others.  From binge eating to bulimia to anorexia, many women struggle with body image and self-esteem issues that lead to unhealthy eating patterns.  Eating disorders don’t harm everyone in the same way, and adults and teens are often affected in different ways. Treatment for eating disorders like anorexia nervosa can help a woman regain control over her life and her body.  In fact, many Hollywood actresses and celebrities have come out to speak about their struggles with anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders, paving the way…

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Understanding Mental Illness in Women

September 12, 2012

Mental illness in women is something that used to be a taboo topic a few decades ago.  Today, we know that mental illness affects men and women throughout the world.  We know that mental illness affects people differently and that like other health conditions, men and women have different risks, symptoms, and even different treatments. For example, while it is possible for men to develop breast cancer, the disease is exponentially higher among women.  This is the same for mental illness.  While men are at higher risk for certain mental illnesses, women are more likely to develop depression, anxiety and…

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