Eating Disorders: The Internalization of the Thin Body Ideal

Research over the last two decades has indicated that the incidence of eating disorders appears to be increasing. Health care professionals have reported what some consider to be epidemic rates of these disorders in recent years, particularly among adolescents. The rate of development of new cases of eating disorders has been increasing since 1950 (Wade…

Hope for the Hopeless – Depression and Eating Disorders

Approximately 80% of all severe cases involving anorexia or bulimia have a coexisting major depression diagnosis. Depression is a very painful and all consuming disorder in and of itself. However, in combination with an eating disorder, depression is beyond devastating and is often masked within the eating disorder itself. Depression in eating disorder clients looks…

Fighting the Battle with Depression and Hopelessness

Author:  Emily A. Washburn, Recreation Therapist In this day and age, it is easy to become depressed, and lose hope. For those who struggle with depression, it is a very real thing. The feelings that accompany depression can prevent us from doing the activities we once enjoyed and can even attempt to isolate and separate…

Twelve Ideas to Help Women with Eating Disorders Negotiate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas

Author:  Center for Change Treatment Team Eat regularly and in some kind of reasonable pattern. Avoid a pattern of “preparing for the last supper.” Don’t skip meals and starve in attempt to make up for what you recently ate or are about to eat. Keep a regular and moderate pattern or self nourishment. Strive to…

Towards an Understanding of Self-Esteem and Eating Disorders

Author:  Melissa H. Smith, PhD During a session with a client who has long suffered with an eating disorder I was discussing what it would be like if she could feel positive about herself. I was shocked with the response she gave me. Instead of reporting a desire to feel better about herself, this client…

Assessment for Eating Disorders

Author:  Michael E. Berrett, PhD Center for Change desires to help any professional who is trying to help those who suffer with anorexia or bulimia. The following comprehensive assessment was developed by Michael E. Berrett, PhD, and is used extensively by professionals at Center for Change in completing initial psychological interviews, histories and eating disorder…

Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa – Diagnosis & Treatment Guide for Professionals

  A POTENTIAL SAFETY NET Medical Doctor, Minister/Clergy, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, School Nurse, Dietitian, Dentist, Orthodontist, Social Worker, Teacher (junior high through college), School Administrator, Athletic Coach, School Counselor, Dance Teacher, Human Resources/Personnel Manager, Health Club Owner/Manager, Professional Counselor. If you are a member of one of these professions, you regularly work with individuals who are…

Therapeutic Guidelines and Experiential Interventions in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

In this article we describe general guidelines as well as a few examples of the experiential and structured interventions that we use when facilitating individual, group, and family therapy with eating disorder patients. The purpose of these experiential and structural interventions is to help patients explore the emotional relationship and spiritual issues associated with their…

Anorexia and Bulimia – How Friends and Family Can Help

An Eating Disorder – What Happens Now? When you realize that someone you love may be struggling with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, naturally you want to know more about it. And because you care, you also want to understand what they are experiencing so that you can be as supportive as you can throughout…

Emotional Eating Is Not Just About Emotions

By: Guest Author, Andrea LoBue, MFT Helping our clients discover the emotions they are eating over is one very important aspect of working with compulsive eating. The clients need to safely uncover the unexpressed pain they have been masking with excess food, body obsession, restriction and/or purging. They also need to find some means of…

EDAW 2000 A Success – Awareness Week Raises Public Consciousness To The Growing Problems Of Eating Disorders

By: Denise T. Stewart As I walked through the grocery store proudly wearing my purple ribbon (although having forgotten it was even there) I was stopped by a young woman who inquired about its meaning. As I explained its significance as the symbol for eating disorder awareness, she tearfully shared the current struggle one of…

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

By: Denise T. Stewart A recent People magazine article profiled the shockingly disordered eating behaviors of several female celebrities and their “ideal” bodies. The alarming aspect of this story was the fact that none of these women seemed to recognize any kind of dysfunction in their lifestyles, and they certainly denied struggling with anorexia or…

A Commitment to Change

Author: Former Patient Change! What does it really mean to me? What makes me want to change, and why? Is it permanent? These are a few of the questions that I have been asking myself. I believe that the bottom line is: “Do I want to change?” The answer is YES! If I want to…

In the Arms of Angels

Author:  Laura Johnson “In the arms of an angel, may you find some comfort here.” To borrow words from a favorite song, Center for Change is full of angels. When Whitney’s eating disorder came to light, I called centers all over the country that spoke more of the huge amounts of money than of hope….

Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

By: Unknown A message as published in the Wall Street Journal by United Technologies Corporation, Hartford, Connecticut 06101 and Chicken Soup for the Soul, written and complied by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. You’ve failed many times, although you may not remember. You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the…

Book Review – Of Two Minds: The Revolutionary Science Of Dual-Brain Psychology

By: Fredric Schiffer, MD Reviewed by T. O. Paul Harper, PhD Some may think it odd to find a book review about a book that does not mention eating disorders in a newsletter dealing with recovery from eating disorders. But in light of the recent attention focused on the impact of the “negative mind” on…

The 12-Step Program At Center For Change

By: Bobbi Carter A former patient stated: “I wanted to go to a treatment center that addressed all aspects of my eating disorder – my mind, body, emotions, and you know, my spirituality.” In their book, SQ Spiritual Intelligence; The Ultimate Intelligence ,Zohar and Marshall write, “Many of us are spiritually stunted to some extent – some…

My Experience at Center for Change

Author: Denise My experience at the Center for Change has been the most valuable experience of my life; it’s almost indescribable. I came in with little expectation of recovery. I felt hopeless, scared, and incapable of ever getting my life back. But now I am leaving in less than a week and I feel confident…

Me Taking a Risk

Author: Allison The following is me taking a risk and stating some very personal things that help me. Some things are Christian-based and not meant to offend, but rather share the things that are closest to my heart versus me putting on a facade and conforming to what I perceive acceptable. “The greatest reason for…

Master of the Ship: Journey Through an Eating Disorder

Author: Anne It starts with just a few pounds. Then just a few pounds more. And more….. Will it ever be enough? But, I can handle this. I am the master of my ship. I am in control. Yet, all too soon, It feels so wrong. Caught in a Swirling, Downward spiral, Gasping for air….

Letter of Hope

Author: Former Client “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous’? Actually, who are you not to be?…. When we let…

It’s Been a Long Road

Author: Rachel It’s been a long road. A long, bumpy, torn up road, but I’ve made it. I have made it through the darkness and through the tunnel of despair. I am now ready to step out into the sunlight where I can see others, and most importantly, where I can see me. I can’t…

It’s Been Hell to go Through

Author: Allison It’s been hell to go through. I know – I have been there. Everyone would say to me that I am hopeless and I am lost, confused and mislead. I have felt that way and so have each of you a thousand times over again. Now is the time to prove them wrong…

How I Fought My Battle with Bulimia

Author: Karolee I was fighting a losing battle. My army reserves were depleted and I was contemplating surrendering and accepting failure. I was exhausted from the uphill struggle and I continually found myself in a dark room with no known exit or source of light. My ever-weakening body clung on to the last whisps of…

Everything Changes

Author: Mary and Cory Webster When a child comes into this world, there is nothing more wonderful. You love them from that very first moment. You spend your whole life taking care of them, providing for them, watching them grow. You think they are perfect and then one day everything changes. You discover they have…