Before and After

By Hannah Hammond, LCSW My social media has recently been bombarded with friends who are posting their “before/after” pictures.  It is that time of year, you know, where you are expected to have the beach body, to have the results of the New Year’s Resolutions and Intentions you set up at the beginning of the…

CURE STIGMA – MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

By Quinn Nystrom Americans observe the month of May as Mental Health Month, to assist with raising awareness about the one of five Americans who are affected by a mental illness. This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chose to promote the theme of “CureStigma”. Stigma is defined as, “a mark of disgrace…

4 Simple Ways to Encourage a Healthy Body Image in Your Teen Daughter

By Stephanie Thomas As the parent of a teenage girl, you know one thing: No one’s more beautiful, inside and out, than your daughter. If only she felt the same way. Studies show that 81 percent of 10-year-old girls worry about their weight.1 Add a few more years of body anxiety, puberty and interest from the…

Using Self-Compassion to Heal

By: Cindy Coloma “I hate you,” Dusty whispered. She glared at her own dark eyes in the mirror, searching for signs of anything worth fighting for. Dusty’s stomach rumbled as venomous thoughts flowed through her. Her chest ached, and her head throbbed with hopelessness. Disgusted, she turned and headed for the back door, stepping out…

How Becoming an Activist Helped my Mental Health

By Quinn Nystrom, MS, National Diabetes Ambassador at Center for Change This past month I had the incredible opportunity in participating in my first protest, as well as an annual diabetes advocacy event called Call to Congress in Washington, D.C. I often say to people that being an activist is one of the best things…

Why We Need to be Talking About Eating Disorders AND Type 1 Diabetes

By Quinn Nystrom I’ve struggled with an eating disorder since I was 12 years old. I was a competitive figure skater and remember back to the year when I started comparing myself to the other skaters, equating my weight to how good I’d be at the sport, and putting myself on a strict diet regimen….

Too Much of This and Not Enough of That! How to Help Teens Feel Good About Themselves and Their Bodies

By Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT I’m too short! I’m not thin enough! My nose is too big! My hair isn’t straight enough! I’m not smart enough! I’m too awkward! Most of us have either heard these phrases uttered by a teenager in our lives or remember having been a teenager with our own version of…

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Why It’s Important and How to Get Involved

By Becca Owens Eating disorders are common in the US — it’s estimated that 20 million women and 10 million men in America will suffer from an eating disorder at some point during their lifetime.1 The term eating disorder is a collective term for several specific disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, among…

Planning Your Way Toward Wellness One Meal at a Time

By Christa A. Banister There are all kinds of misconceptions about men and women diagnosed with anorexia. Some people may simply chalk up behaviors to extreme dieting, a zealous preoccupation with fitness or a phase that’ll pass. Considering that 0.6 percent of adults in the United States will be diagnosed with anorexia — with women…

“New Year New You”: Untangling the Web of Extreme Resolutions

Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT So, here we are… it’s the middle of January and there is a good chance that whatever resolutions you have made have already proved a struggle. Perhaps you feel totally caught in the web of “New Year New You” that seems to be floating around all over social media and you…

What Is Body Dysmorphia and How Do You Know If You Have It?

By Wesley Gallagher We all have insecurities about our looks. Our focus may change from our weight to our skin, or we may have one particular feature that always bothers us. No one is perfect, and we can often be our own worst critic. While it’s normal to experience insecurity and low self-esteem due to…

Eating Disorders and Romantic Relationships: How to Cope When Your Partner Has an Eating Disorder

By Wesley Gallagher Eating disorders are often a silent disease, hidden in the shadows and closets of life. Unfortunately, however hard someone tries to keep it secret and separate, an eating disorder inevitably ends up affecting almost every aspect of a person’s life. If you’re in a romantic relationship with someone struggling with an eating…

7 Resolutions Worth Keeping in the New Year

By Christa Banister After all the holiday fanfare has drawn to a close and the calendar flips to January, it’s natural to start reflecting — dreaming even — about what the New Year might look like for you. But what if your ambitions, your resolutions of sorts, weren’t the same tired and superficial aspirations peddled…

When Holidays Aren’t the Most Wonderful Time of Year

by Quinn Nystrom In our American culture, I think it’s easy to buy into the sense that holidays should be the most joyful and wonderful time of year. But then if we don’t feel that way, there’s something wrong with us, and/or we’ve become Scrooge! There are a lot of reasons why research has shown…

Living Strong Through Yoga: Hope for Healing from Eating Disorders

By Christa Banister While it’s occasionally been dismissed as a little too hippy-dippy for some or decidedly low-impact for others, it’s no secret that yoga has a huge number of health benefits. Not only can it help significantly improve strength and flexibility and promote serenity in our increasingly hectic lives, but yoga can also be…

Handling the Holidays Through Recovery

It’s the day after Halloween and you’ve managed to avoid the bags of leftover candy for now. Then you turn on the radio, and before you can manage to change the channel you hear it: “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go!” In less than 24 hours, the world jumped from…

Too Much of a Good Thing: How to Recognize an Exercise Addiction

By: Cindy Coloma Many of us prefer to start our day with exercise. Taking care of our health is important, and exercise undeniably plays a crucial role. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to be healthy. Whether you are…

The Very Real Eating Disorder You’ve Never Heard Of: Explaining OSFED

By: Taylor Davis When most people hear the term “eating disorder,” they think of women who either don’t eat at all or regularly binge eat and purge. While clinical anorexia and bulimia are well-known eating disorders that threaten the lives of those who deal with them, there is another type of eating disorder that has…

Think Your Friend May Have an Eating Disorder? Here’s What You Can Do

By Stephanie Thomas Some situations in life are just hard. There’s no prettying them up, no filter to cover the pain and no looking without seeing. When you suspect a friend may be struggling with an eating disorder, well, you’ve found yourself in a really tough spot. It can be tricky to balance the tender…

BED: The Forgotten Eating Disorder

By Wesley H. Gallagher Over the past several years, eating disorders have gained much needed exposure as real and often life-threatening health conditions. Thin is no longer “in,” as more awareness is raised about anorexia and bulimia and the unhealthy lengths celebrities and models go to in order to maintain their figures. The body positivity…

Why Therapists Ask About Your Family

By Kathryn Millán, LPC/MHSP Eating disorders are complicated conditions that quickly take over an individual’s life. When obsessive anxiety about food and body appearance begin, daily thoughts and activities often focus on food issues to the point that normal life becomes difficult, if not impossible. Eating disorders often require dedicated treatment because eating is a…

Men Have Eating Disorders Too

By Tom Tjornehoj “Bulimia destroyed my body when I mixed it with drugs and alcohol for 17 years,” shares MK at HeroesInRecovery.com. “My second DUI and my [failing] health made me realize how bad I’d become. I chose to stay clean and figure out what I was afraid of.” “I saw a yoga teacher share…

How Does Media Impact Body Image and Eating Disorder Rates?

By Patti Richards The World of Psychology describes body image as the way a person perceives herself when she looks in the mirror. In today’s media culture, there are more types of “mirrors” than ever before. Young people see thousands of images on a daily basis through social media sites and use them as personal…

What We Refuse to Work On Is Working On Us

Okay, this is how life works: It’s a surprise party, and the invites are in the mail. What you thought was going to come knocking or would never arrive at your front door may be interesting but not entirely relevant. Not only will the unexpected come knocking, it will in some cases kick down the…

The Double-Standard of Mental Illness and Physical Illness

by Quinn Nystrom I was flying home from attending my very first National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) Conference in Washington, D.C. It was sitting in those sessions that I got really revved up about the disparities in our societies’ differing viewpoint about mental illness and physical illness. See, after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes…