A new treatment option for eating disorders and other body image related problems involves the use of virtual reality. Individuals are able to face food and body image related fears in a safe environment and with lower activation of the stress hormones that would be released in a real life situation.
by Rader Programs on Jun 13, 2014
About 40% of our happiness is determined by us and us alone, according to one psychologist; and generally speaking, there are three types of happiness factors. Using this information in eating disorder treatments to deliver more effective outcomes is the goal. So how can a sense of self-control over one’s happiness level help to combat commonly-encountered eating disorder issues?
by Rader Programs on May 28, 2014
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is quite common amongst individuals with eating disorders, and there are many theories behind this apparent correlation. A three-phase treatment guideline created by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies helps provide enhanced therapy and recovery results for those impacted by PTSD.
by Rader Programs on May 23, 2014
An effective treatment regimen for any eating disorder must utilize a multi-dimensional approach to wellness. Psychological treatment and support, nutritional counseling, medical evaluations, exercise routines, and laboratory diagnostics all contribute to a 360-degree treatment philosophy.
by Rader Programs on Mar 07, 2014
Recently, therapists and health care professionals have begun to examine the complex web of factors that influence eating disorders. These go far beyond the genetics and personality of the patient and include the influence of the interpersonal environment where the person lives. Researchers are just beginning to look at eating disorder treatment and prevention through […]
by Alisa Morrison - Alumni Coordinator on Sep 20, 2013
So you want to know about eating disorders? Let me guess you have been lurking on websites in your private time because—god forbid—someone see you “researching”. Whether it be a Pro Ana/Mia site or a Google self-test, only you know the motives behind this. I know when I was “researching” it was “top secret.” What […]
by Alisa Morrison - Alumni Coordinator on Sep 16, 2013
Stress is such a challenge to manage. But I think there is such a thing as “good stress.” I think all stress can be good stress if you know how to manage it. Learning how to manage stress while recovering from an eating disorder can be especially difficult. When I used to get really stressed the […]
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient on Jul 15, 2013
An old friend from high school called me yesterday, quite upset. He was almost crying and said he thinks his wife of fifteen years needs to get help for anorexia and bulimia. He asked me what he should do? “Well,” I asked, “how long has she been struggling with it?” “I believe since we were married,” he said. […]
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient on Jul 08, 2013
Food. What is it? Or more importantly, what does it mean to you? What does it represent? Since the beginning of time, food has been something that represents a union or bond with people. It is what has been seen in history as a sign of richness and luxury, and separated the wealthy from the poor. It […]
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient on Jun 06, 2013
I have been surrounded by coffee from a very young age. Before you could throw a rock and hit a Starbucks, my father opened up a gourmet coffee and tea store. It was a beautiful idea, just rotten timing. It was the early 80′s and people hadn’t quite yet gotten the buzz in their blood […]