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When Your Recovery Friend is in Relapse!

Eating disorder treatment is the first step to recovery, but it is not the end. Follow-up treatment is essential for relapse prevention and to catch and treat relapse. Relapse during recovery is common. Approximately one-third of people fluctuate between recovery and relapse, according to the Eating Disorder Coalition. Eating Disorder Victoria estimates that 15 to 25 percent of [...]

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How Caregiver Distress Levels Affect Eating Disorders

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 [...]

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LOVED ONES COPING WITH EATING DISORDERS…SKELETONS IN OUR CLOSET

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. [...]

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EATING DISORDER RECOVERY: IF I FELL BACKWARDS WOULD YOU CATCH ME?

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 [...]

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Mama Said Knock You Out

Mama Said Knock You Out

My parents made the Sopranos look like the Cleavers. If my father wasn’t slamming the door as he sped off in his car, my mother was taking all of his clothes and burning them in the fireplace, or breaking into his place of business and doing her own CSI investigation on his bank statements.

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Despicable Me!

Despicable Me!

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”

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The Wrong Type of Encouragement

The Wrong Type of Encouragement

The Internet can be a useful tool for individuals seeking information on eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating disorder. For the most part, online research is conducted by those persons either suffering with an eating disorder, or their friends and family, who want some authoritative information on causes, symptoms and treatment options. Mental healthcare providers and numerous professional organizations and treatment centers…

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‘Til Death Or Eating Disorder Do Us Part

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…

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Time to Try on a New Pair of Shoes!

I remember the first time I decided to enter treatment for my eating disorder, I was a sophomore in college and I had run out of options. I had tried for years to hide the fact that I was sick, even though everybody around me knew I was. I had basically become the way too “Thin Pink Elephant” in the middle of the room that nobody said anything about.

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I Found a Pair of Genes that Fit Perfectly!

So I was going through a box of old family photographs today, and I found a picture of my grandmother when she was my age. I did a double take because I almost thought it was me. As I looked at the picture some more I realized that I had a body very, very similar to hers. I had her legs, her feet, her hands, and yes even her smile. My grandmother was one of my best friends and I was so blessed to have had her in my life for as long as I did.

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