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Celebrating Professionals Who Treat Eating Disorders

Celebrating Professionals Who Treat Eating Disorders

Well, I know you’re not doing it for the money, the fame, or for an easy ride. Treating eating disorders is tough, and I admire those who take this up as a profession SO MUCH.

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Maudsley Myths: Look, Mom: No Therapy!

Maudsley Myths: Look, Mom: No Therapy!

Family-Based Maudsley Therapy Is Not a Do-It-Yourself Approach

There is a mistaken idea out there that Maudsley treatment for eating disorders is something parents can just decide to do without professional support. While I know families who do take on the re-feeding (weight restoration) responsibilities, I think it is important to keep in mind that this is only one part of the approach, and why it works well for so many families.

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In Charge? BE In Charge Of Eating Disorder Behaviors

In Charge? BE In Charge Of Eating Disorder Behaviors

“It’s all about control.”

Not really. In fact, eating disorders are better described as being controlled: by thoughts and compulsions that lose all relationship to reality. Eating disorders take control of the person and the family. But how does one take control away from the anorexia or bulimia or binge eating and get normal life back? First: figure out who is in charge.

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Settling for a Mediocre Eating Disorder Recovery

Settling for a Mediocre Eating Disorder Recovery

There is a sad and self-fulfilling myth out there that you can’t completely recover from an eating disorder.  We have to fight this pessimism!

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Eating Disorders Treatment: Evidence-based or Opinion-based?

Eating Disorders Treatment: Evidence-based or Opinion-based?

Good Question…Complicated Answer

As a big fan of evidence-based treatment of illness, the first question I get is “what does that MEAN?”

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Re-feeding: Not Just For Anorexia Treatment

Re-feeding: Not Just For Anorexia Treatment

A lot of people seem to think that “re-feeding” is just for treatment of anorexia. I’d like to argue for a different way of looking at weight restoration and nutrition for all eating disorders.

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When Encouragement Sounds Like Criticism

When Encouragement Sounds Like Criticism

I encourage parents to step up early and with urgency when a child has an eating disorder. Sometimes, for various reasons, this encouragement gets me into trouble.

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Parents and Eating Disorders: What Not To Do

Parents and Eating Disorders: What Not To Do

I’m an optimistic person and an activist by nature. I’d rather talk about what we, as parents, CAN do than what NOT to do. But sometimes doing less is not only best, it is lifesaving.

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Eating Disorder Treatment: Who’s the Boss?

Eating Disorder Treatment: Who’s the Boss?

What happens when a clinician tells our child to do something we don’t agree with? This is confusing for children, at times, and for us! The reality is that when we take our child to consult with a professional, we are engaging in co-parenting at some level. Another adult is telling our child what to do. But, at times, these instructions are in opposition to our guidance, and that great friend of eating disorders — triangulation — gets a boost.

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Eating Disorder Terminology Causes Confusion

Eating Disorder Terminology Causes Confusion

In this eating disorder video, I demonstrate why eating disorders treatment professionals should use common terminology.

I just came back from the Academy of Eating Disorders international conference in Salzburg. To my chagrin, one thing I discovered is that eating disorder treatment professionals around the world can’t agree on eating disorder terminology. They still use different terms to describe the same thing, and it makes discussing eating disorders very confusing.

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  • Kate
    I just discovered your blog and have spent the last hour+ reading old posts. I want to thank you for this great info...About Laura Collins
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    Bridget, I know how you feel. My daughter is also 20 years old and it is discouraging. We thought she was on the ro...Death and Anorexia
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    Bridget, It is terrible, isn't it? I am so sorry for the suffering of your daughter and yourself. What helped me a ...Death and Anorexia

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