Tuesday, May 26, 2009

California Conference: Mending the Mind, Minding the Body: A one day conference exploring innovative approaches to treatment

Valencia, CA (Hyatt- Valencia)* - Mending the Mind, Minding the Body: A One-Day Conference Exploring Innovative Approaches to Treatment, June 27, 2009, hosted by iaedp Los Angeles, Biofeedback Society of California, and the Santa Clarita Valley Psychotherapeutic Network(SCVPN) featuring Keynote by Stan Tatkin - Addiction To "Alone Time" --Avoidant Attachment, Narcissism, And A One-Person Psychology Within A Two-Person Psychological System, two concurrent tracks with three workshops per each track: Psychotherapeutic (featuring presenters: Buck Runyan, MFT, LPC, CEDS; Michele Tamarkin, MFT; and William Randle, LCSW) and Biofeedback (featuring presenters: Cynthia Kerson, PhD; Margaret MacDonald, MD; and Gary J. Schummer, Ph.D), a Keynote Panel on Couples Therapy featuring, Terry Eagan, MD; Waverly Farrell LCSW and Steve Kassel, MFT, and a Networking Reception hosted by SCVPN, $60 per person (lunch included), 6 CE Hours PhD, PsyD, MFT, LCSW, CADAC, RD, *Special Room Rates $119. Please RSVP to Christina Weiss by Friday, June 19 at 562.457.7373 or iaedpla@gmail.com. For more information please go to www.iaedpsocal.com

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Overweight Teens and Suicide Correlation

Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries

Even those who only think they're fat face higher risk, study finds


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Experiential Therapies at Remuda Ranch

As you know, anxiety and eating disorders are found in every segment of the population: young, old; men, women; boys, girls. And though people may share a similar disorder, they are still individuals, which means they integrate information and embrace change differently. That’s exactly why the experiential therapies at Remuda Ranch are such an important component of our intensive treatment program.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Astonishing Case of the Shrinking Muslim Woman

May 14, 2009
Posted by Alicia in Culture/Society, News.

It’s become common belief that Muslim women, particularly those wear the hijab, are liberated from the media-driven standards of beauty that values the thin and the willowy. But it’s a belief that couches on the idea that head-coverings and modest clothes provide little incentive for showing off a great looking body in public. In other words, Muslim women are supposed to live blissfully unaffected by media and social pressures that both distorts our body image and damages our self-esteem. So when levels of anorexia amongst teenage girls in the U.A.E. were reported to nearly double those in the U.K., the phenomenon was described to be “astonishing”.

The news report I refer to is something Fatemeh had posted up on the Friday Links last week. It revealed that the occurrence of anorexia nervosa amongst young women aged 13 to 19 years old in the Emirates were found to be around 1.8 percent, compared to the 1.0 percent in Britain. Although the article does not explain what drives Emirati teenagers into self-starvation, it does attempt to highlight a little known fact: that women and girls outside the West also suffer from eating disorders, and that the global nature of the disorder is partially attributed to Western influences. According to one psychiatrist, these influences infiltrate in foreign-made films and other forms of media:

“We have so much influence from other countries, we have the same movies and [the same] messages in the media like in the UK and USA, however there is not any form of understanding about the meaning of the illnesses which are said to be linked to these.”

But it’s not as clear-cut as that. A thought-provoking study led by Tracy Mann, a professor of health psychology at the University of California of Los Angeles, showed that women do not have to be bombarded by imported media to aspire to thinness. In her experiment, she compared the attitudes to beauty and body image of female Iranian university students in Tehran with those studying at the UCLA campus and found that, startlingly, the female students in Iran were just as obsessed with their weight as their American counterparts. And not only that, the number of students in Tehran who desired an empty stomach, went for long periods without food, and vomited to control their weight were significantly higher than those in the U.S.

Problematising the issue of self-induced starvation further is the news media’s portrayal of women on hunger strike as heroines. Although hunger strikes are not anything like anorexia, young and beautiful women like Roxana Saberi have resisted food in what is perceived by many to be a heroic act of protest. Inadvertently, she, like other women in the media and in the fashion industry who may or may not have eating disorders become role models to young women who follow their path to meaningful self-deprivation.

Though the causes for anorexia are notoriously complicated, the one major causal factor (other than physical and psychological trauma) appears to be the dangerous effects of unrealistic media imagery. Without a counterculture that celebrates alternatives to thin Western media ideals, women are made to believe that it’s not okay to be a size 12 or have flabby arms if they want to be successful in romance and life. Ironically, the exemplary models of counterculture that offer hope to women of all body shapes and sizes emerge from the West as well. By this I mean stuff like the Dove Campaign For Real Beauty, among other things. (Although I find Dove’s problematic use of naked women and women in their underwear to uplift the diversity of female bodies does a sad disservice to the dismantling of the male gaze, but you know that they’ve at least got their heart in the right place).

But back to the U.A.E. Psychiatrists at Al Ain University have proposed for a campaign to raise public awareness about how harmful both extreme dieting and binge eating can be. Just as important is pointing out to the public that eating disorders are not as rare as it looks, as many who suffer do not recognise that they had a problem to begin to with. Personally, I think it would be interesting to see if campaigning efforts aim to tackle the media into getting these disorders on their agenda and deal with them in a sensitive and effective way.

Source: http://muslimahmediawatch.org/2009/05/14/the-astonishing-case-of-the-shrinking-muslim-woman/

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What keeps you in the eating disorder? What does this cost you?

Male with anorexia says men need more help

Anorexic says men need more help

A teenage man from Cornwall treated for an eating disorder has spoken out to tell other sufferers that there is "life beyond anorexia".

Nineteen-year-old Chris Hardy said controlling what he ate had given him a sense of achievement.

But when he realised he needed help, he sought treatment for seven months at the specialist Haldon Unit in Exeter.

He said: "I hope men don't think they will show themselves up because they want help for this problem."

Chris Hardy said that he was not sure when his disorder started, but he thought several things led to it.

Perhaps it's a way of trying to understand and control the world that's going on around them
Vanessa Ford, Haldon Unit

He said: "A lot of stuff happened at 11 or 12 that was quite traumatic. My parents divorced, I moved school, moved house. And then you also start to become more aware of body image at that age anyway."

When he moved to Cardiff to study medicine at university, his food intake dropped dramatically.

He said: "I would count out the exact number of pieces of cereal to eat to have each morning, have a cracker lunchtime, and then maybe a few bits of pasta in the evening.

"It was nothing really, but even that seemed too much and I would work on reducing it the next day. That was how I got a sense of achievement."

At one time his Body Mass index (BMI), which the Department of Health defines as the most common method of evaluating to see if people are under or overweight, was 15.

The range described as normal is 18.5 and 24.99.

When he could no longer concentrate in lectures, he got help. Staff at the unit supported him with therapy while getting him to eat properly again.

'Traumatic things'

According to national support charity B-eat, more than 11,000 male patients are receiving treatment nationally. But it is thought this represents only a small proportion of those who have the condition and are keeping it hidden.

Haldon Unit service manager Vanessa Ford said the unit had seen a rise in the number of male patients, and that the reasons for men suffering from eating disorders were the same as those for women.

She said: "Perhaps various traumatic things have happened in their lives, and perhaps it's a way of trying to understand and control the world that's going on around them."

Chris Hardy said he felt that control was taken away from him when he first started treatment.

But he added: "I had to have faith that the care team knew what they were doing."

Now leaving the unit, Chris Hardy said he was planning to return to university and that he wanted others in his position to seek help.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2009/05/12 07:31:51 GMT