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Leann Rimes Enters Rehab for Stress and Anxiety Treatment

September 1, 2012

Singer LeAnn Rimes checked herself into a 30-day stress and anxiety treatment program shortly after her 30th birthday to deal with stress and anxiety issues. Although there have been rumors circulating about the possibility of Rimes seeking eating disorder treatment, her spokesman has denied that Leann Rimes will be receiving any treatment for an eating disorder or substance abuse, only that she has entered rehab for stress and anxiety treatment. Tabloids and magazines have questioned Leann Rimes' body image in the past several months, questioning whether the popular singer is suffering from an eating disorder.  Although Leann Rimes has never…

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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week Highlights Need for Treatment

March 2, 2012

Mental health treatment is at the forefront of the news again thanks to this week being National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. The mission of the founders of awareness week is “to ultimately prevent eating disorders and body image issues while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment.” A great aspect of how they get their message across is by focusing on educating the public that eating disorders are not a choice, but in fact are serious, complicated, life-threatening illnesses that require focused mental health treatment to recover from. They also urge individuals to “recognize the pressures,…

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Christina Ricci Discusses Her Struggle With Anorexia

January 25, 2012

Anorexia nervosa is the deadliest of all the eating disorders that plagues our society today. It causes those who suffer from it to obsess about their weight and the amount of food they eat to no end. People with anorexia typically weigh far less than the recommended weight for someone of their age and height and they’ll achieve this through starvation, excessive exercise and often times substance abuse. Anorexia typically plagues females as 85 to 95 percent of those diagnosed are women, and it’s classified as a mental health disorder that does not discriminate based on wealth or education. Just…

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Eating Disorder Treatment and the Holidays

November 30, 2011

No doubt that eating disorder treatment in some form of jest crosses every American’s mind around the holiday season when the never-ending gorge that is Thanksgiving rolls around. If your family is like so many others and has a large Thanksgiving, then you’ve almost certainly spent the last several days overindulging and eating until your stomach feels like it’s going to burst. That said, contrary to a popular and misinformed belief, eating too much at Thanksgiving or any of the surrounding holidays does not mean you qualify for having an eating disorder. Treatment is not necessary as you are not…

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Anorexia and Addiction “Joined at the Hip”

October 25, 2011

Anorexia and addiction are a common occurring dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis occurs when someone has both a mental health disorder as well as an alcohol or drug problem. These illnesses are referred to as co-occurring and have a track record of influencing the symptoms of one another greatly. Research suggests that up to 35 percent of individuals suffering from a substance abuse disorder also have a co-occurring eating disorder. Conversely, as many as 50 percent of individuals who suffer from an eating disorder also have problems with drugs or alcohol abuse. It is because of the strong link between anorexia…

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Compulsive Eating

September 30, 2011

Compulsive eating is an eating disorder that unlike anorexia and bulimia, affects both sexes in high proportion. It goes by several other names such as compulsive overeating and food addiction and is characterized by an individual who has an obsessive relationship with food. Sufferers tend to be overweight as a result of their uncontrollable eating habits. These individuals use food as a way to deal with stress, emotional turmoil and everyday issues. Similar in nature to the way an addict will abuse drugs or alcohol to block out negative emotions they experience, a compulsive eater will find that resolve in…

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Eating Disorder Treatment

September 23, 2011

Eating disorder treatment is something that every quality drug and alcohol treatment facility should provide due to the frequency eating disorders occur with addiction. An additional dual diagnosis, eating disorders and substance abuse can be so intertwined that they will often feed off of each other and exacerbate the other’s symptoms. The most important thing to remember when treating all dual diagnosis is that the co-occurring illnesses must be treated simultaneously in order for treatment to be effective. Treating one of the illnesses and not the other will often turn out to be fruitless, or at the most a temporary…

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Binge Eating Disorder & Addiction

September 7, 2011

Binge eating is something that almost everyone is guilty of doing at some point during their lives. Whether it’s having that 2nd and 3rd helping of food during the holidays or pigging out at an all-you-can-eat buffet, we’ve all overeaten and paid the price with overly full bellies and stomach aches afterwards. Binge eating disorder however takes things much farther than just the occasional overeating. Binge eating disorder is a very common eating disorder that is thought to affect almost 4 percent of all women in the United States. Chronic binge eaters will have these episodes of overeating two or…

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