One of the hardest parts of getting over an eating disorder is earning back people’s trust. Lets face it, this disease does nothing to gain any friends, but rather enemies. When you truly decide in your heart that you want to get better, it is truly a gift. So how do you earn that trust [...]
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient/Alumni Coordinator on May 06, 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 May 07, 2012
I was driving to work today, and I saw something that gave me a quick flashback of my childhood. It was a station wagon, and in the back were 3 little girls. My two younger sisters and I spent more time in the back of my Mom’s Blue Ford Station wagon then I can remember. [...]
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient/Alumni Coordinator on Aug 27, 2011
I couldn’t do math to save my life, but I love to surprise people, do special things for them, and be there for them through thick and thin. I can engage somebody in a conversation for hours just based off personal experiences in my life, most of which are nothing less then an “I love Lucy episode”
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient/Alumni Coordinator on Aug 01, 2011
I used to hate the word FAT – It was as vile to me as poison. It was what I have run from most of my entire life. I didn’t want to be it, I didn’t want to see it, I didn’t want to eat it. I would have probably rather been called the most disgraceful words on the planet rather then be called those three letters.
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient/Alumni Coordinator on May 18, 2011
So if you would have told me six years ago, that I would be putting on a ‘Black Swan’ inspired outfit and stoking myself up for a Lady Gaga Concert, I would have told you that you were off the map crazy! Yet, here I am lacing up some black shiny over the thigh boots and getting ready to go Monster it up!
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient/Alumni Coordinator on May 14, 2011
To find someone you love is quite lucky. To find somebody you want to walk down the aisle with and spend the rest of your life with is even better. Marriage has its challenges, ask any of my married friends. The Statistics say that fifty percent of marriages now end in divorce. The reasons are pretty much across the board with the obvious ones being infidelity, finances, and boredom. However there is a hidden reason that marriages can also crumble…
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient/Alumni Coordinator on Apr 20, 2011
I hate problems! I hate confrontation! And I hate uncomfortable situations! For a little girl who grew up in a very unstable family life, I learned a long time ago how to escape. I would spend hours in my room playing dress up, trying to make my little sisters laugh by putting on shows, or I would daydream of…
by Dr. Jonathan Rader on Jan 11, 2011
Mental health professionals have long noted a higher likelihood of a child of an anorexic parent developing the eating disorder. In the medical community there have been many theories ranging from environmental influences to genetics to explain the statistically significant number of familial cases of anorexia nervosa.
by Dr. Jonathan Rader on Aug 12, 2010
It is typical for brothers and sisters of patients with eating disorders to feel overwhelmed by how the disease is affecting their sibling. This frequently instills fear and, rather than seeking answers, siblings tend to retreat or respond with anger and resentment.