If somebody handed you something to really yummy looking to drink, but then told you the name of it was Cancer, how quickly would you be to drink it? It’s not that the drink is actually cancer, but just associating it with a deadly disease could make it far from appetizing. This is how I [...]
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient/Alumni Coordinator on Feb 18, 2013
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient/Alumni Coordinator on Jul 25, 2012
Eating Disorder Recovery and Grief The recent tragic shooting in Denver, has left the most bitter taste in my mouth as I keep swallowing all the news. It just disturbed me greatly as I am from Colorado and my grandparents lived just a few blocks from that theater in Aurora. I used to go to that theater [...]
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient/Alumni Coordinator on Jul 24, 2012
Believe it or not there was actually a time when Facebook didn’t exist. I remember it well, and yes perhaps that makes me a bit prehistoric, but it’s true. People actually did survive, and in all honesty I think were a lot happier. Although Facebook has taken social media above and beyond what anybody [...]
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient/Alumni Coordinator on Jul 29, 2011
Now I know we were in New York, but there was no way a turkey sandwich cost 1.450 dollars. It took me a minute to realize that every single menu item had the number of calories in it posted smack next to it. Now, I have been in recovery for awhile, but at that very moment my eating disorder was tanding in front of me and had…
by Dr. Jonathan Rader on Jul 11, 2011
Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating disorder are affecting ever younger populations of individuals. Recent studies from around the world indicate a steady increase in the early onset of eating disorders with some children as young as six years old being hospitalized following bouts of binging and purging, laxative abuse and general refusal to eat.
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient/Alumni Coordinator on Mar 23, 2011
So I love how I talk to people in recovery everyday, who are constantly trying to avoid anything and everything that might spark something from their life post recovery and send them spur tailing back into the Eating Disorder world. I too sported this theme for many years… I call it “Trigger Tag”. Your disease is “it”, and it seems that people, places, and things, are constantly chasing you…
by Dr. Jonathan Rader on Dec 23, 2010
There is no doubt that the holiday season, replete with a multitude of social and familial gatherings, offering a surplus of food and numerous potentially stressful interpersonal interactions, is a time that many look toward more with anxiety than joyful anticipation. The emotional downside of this time of year is so readily recognized that nearly every winter, Hollywood offers another collection of serious…
by Dr. Jonathan Rader on Nov 23, 2010
The period from Halloween through the New Year is particularly difficult for those suffering with eating disorders, or in recovery, because most of the festivities of the holiday season emphasize the consumption of food. In addition to the stress of dealing with a constant barrage of food-oriented conversation and social events, the eating disordered must deal with exposure to the spate of advertisements for weight-control solutions that surface at this time of year.
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient/Alumni Coordinator on Nov 17, 2010
Uh Oh…it’s that dreaded time again. The time the sends fear through your veins, and panic through your heart. Yep… it’s the Holiday’s, or as I used to call it “Gonna Stuff the Turkey… Gotta starve myself” time. If you are currently struggling with an eating disorder, the festivities for the next few months can be some of the most difficult and trying times to get through.