Parents Of Children With Eating Disorders: What You Can Do To Prepare
After recently processing and working through the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” with many of my clients, we are set to open up a another mental health can of worms with the new Netflix movie “To the Bone”. Set to be released July 14th, this drama highlights the struggles and life of Ellen, a young woman battling with Anorexia Nervosa. Played by actress Lily Collins, Ellen experiences the psychological, physical, and emotional turmoil of having an eating disorder and the difficult task of working towards recovery. After multiple hospitalizations and treatment centers she enters a residential group home led by an eccentric doctor played by Keanu Reeves. (more…)
Questions To Ask A Psychologist During An Initial Consultation
So you’ve decided to seek outside, professional help…now what? First of all, kudos to you for being willing to accept professional help to deal with your life’s stressors. Even getting to this point of acceptance can be challenging, especially if you’re typically someone who has considered themselves capable of solving your own problems—and have been effective thus far, without outside intervention! Many people can find choosing a psychologist to be initially overwhelming, and that’s normal. Listed below are some things to consider when choosing a psychologist: (more…)
Help Your Teen Recover From an Eating Disorder Today!
Family Based Treatment (FBT) is a short-term treatment that focuses on utilizing each family member to support the recovery of your child to overcome Anorexia Nervosa or Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders where there is significant food restricting or weight loss. Therapy consists of 10-20 sessions within an outpatient setting, hoping to alleviate the need for hospitalizations or residential treatment. It is a cost-effective alternative to higher levels of care that is considered the most effective treatment for anorexia nervosa in children and teens. (more…)
Understand the signs and symptoms of eating disorders within children or teens…and take action today before it’s too late!
In our last blog, we discussed the differences between some of the most common eating disorders. Noticing the signs and symptoms early on can greatly improve long-term outcomes for those suffering with an eating disorder. With more than 70% of adolescents being dissatisfied with their bodies and wanting to lose weight, an average of 35-57% of adolescent girls engaging in crash dieting, fasting, self-induced vomiting, diet pills or teas, or laxatives – it is no wonder why eating disorders are on the rise. Between 1988 and 1993 the incidence of bulimia in 10-39-year-old women TRIPLED! And don’t let the media convince you that this is a girls/women’s only issue – the rate of eating disorders in boys and men is growing at an alarming rate. (more…)
Understand the signs and symptoms of eating disorders within yourself or your child
Most people can understand what an eating disorder looks like in extreme cases – such as those we’ve seen on TV or on documentaries. However what is important to know is that the majority of people with eating disorders do not look like they have an eating disorder. You simply cannot tell by looking at someone if they have anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder. The cases we see on the media are one there because they are extreme cases– not because they are typical.
How to stop emotional eating, stress eating, or binge eating by learning to listen to your body!
If you have a heartbeat you’ve probably had an ‘emotional eating’ episode sometime in your life. You know, the kind where you open up a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and eat in front of your TV while binge watching Say Yes To The Dress. All because you may have failed an exam, had a stressful day at work, or experienced a major event or loss.
Emotional eating is part of our culture because our families and society teach us that food is to be used as a source of comfort. (more…)
Self-injurious behaviors, what they mean, and why you should take them seriously
More and more we hear about teenagers cutting themselves. Often, parents or adults will express that they feel that cutting is just a “fad,” or it’s something all teens seem to experiment with nowadays, or a just a cry for attention that should not be acknowledged. Cutting – or engaging in self-injurious behaviors – can mean a lot of different things. But the chances that your teen’s cutting means nothing is 0%, guaranteed.
Don’t believe the jokes you hear about art therapy being some “hippy-dippy” nonsense. Turns out, it can really help. Beyond that, it can really help your teen express their feelings, when they can’t find the right words.
There is a lot of misinformation out there in relation to art therapy. Often in media, it tends to be referred to, but as the butt of a bad joke. However, art therapy is proven to be very effective and helpful. For teens in particular, art therapy can be a safe way to engage in the therapeutic process.
While the signs of depression can vary from person to person, there are several common signs and symptoms, such as the following:
Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness: You may feel as if you can’t do anything right and that things will never get better.
Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed: It might seem as if you struggle to find motivation to do anything or you don’t enjoy former hobbies, social activities, sex, etc. Perhaps you’ve lost interest in (more…)
It’s important to have an open conversation around the TV show 13 Reason Why with your teen. Before you have that convo, take a moment to read reasons why suicide is becoming a bigger issue with teens.
You might be thinking, “Really, all this buzz for a TV Show?” Yes. While the goal of the series was to spark conversation around depression and suicide so as to break the stigma, there are a number of concerns to consider, especially if your child or teen is struggling with depression.