Thursday, February 25, 2010

Federal Lawsuit: National Insurance Company Denied Wisconsin Woman Critical Treatment for Life-Threatening Eating Disorder

Contact: Joe Kelly, joe.kelly@emilyprogram.com; 651.645.5323 ext 202; cell: 651.332.0275
Kitty Westin, kitty@emilyprogram.com; 952-240-5761

(Saint Paul, Minn.) A complaint has been filed in federal court alleging that a National Health Insurance Company repeatedly denied critically needed residential eating disorder treatment for a Wisconsin college student covered by her mother's health insurance plan.

Discussion of the lawsuit and other important issues related to access to care for people struggling with eating disorders will take place during The Emily Program Foundations We Speak UP! Time to Talk about Eating Disorders Treatment & Recovery,rally on February 26 in St. Paul.

The plaintiff, Jane Doe,will speak publicly about her experiences for the first time and will be joined by her attorney, Elizabeth Wrobel; Eating Disorders Coalition past-president Kitty Westin; and University of Minnesota eating disorders researcher Scott Crow, MD.

The We Speak Up! rally is part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week and will also feature:
* Forum for participants to write their insurance companies and state insurance regulators.
* Opportunity for participants to add their insurance stories to those being gathered across the U.S. by the National Eating Disorders Association.

Where: In Person: The Emily Program Foundation, 2265 Como Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108
Online: Live streaming webcast @ http://www.ustream.tv/channel/time-to-talk-rally-2010
Noon EST / 11 AM CST / 10 AM MST / 9 AM PST
Webcast viewers are full participants; they can submit questions, chat with each other and Twitter throughout the event.

The lawsuit involves a 23-year-old woman who developed life-threatening health issues (including cardiac complications) as a result of eating disorder symptoms she has battled for over half of her life. Her psychiatrist and physician agree she had a critical need for residential care due to deteriorating mental and physical health. She has been trying, since July of 2008, to obtain authorization for such treatment from her insurance company. Her requests have been repeatedly delayed, ignored and denied.

WHO SHOULD DECIDE? Who is most qualified to decide about an individual's mental health needs: insurance companies or a treatment team composed of medical experts who have personal experience with the individual? We believe it is the latter. And we believe that in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and across the nation, people are suffering and dying when medically-recommended care is denied.

The Emily Program Foundation (http://emilyprogramfoundation.org) is a Twin Cities nonprofit that promotes eating disorder awareness, education, advocacy, research, and community support.

Creative Therapies are integral component of Rader Programs treatment

Creative therapies are an integral component of Rader Programs treatment. For many individuals, the spoken word may not be enough to completely express what they have been experiencing. Fear of not being understood or reluctance to speak what has been viewed as unspeakable can damper self-exploration. Through creative therapies, individuals are provided an opportunity for expression, explanation and resolution in a non-verbal format. In addition, creative therapies often open up a window to awareness and insight into areas that the individual may not already understand. Through different mediums such as art, dance, music, movement, role-playing and recreation, our clients experience alternate methods of self-expression in a safe and non-confrontational manner.

"Why I Want Recovery”

I want life, not this death
that I have lived in
I want peace, and not anxiety
I want health and strength,
not weakening and decay
I want to receive what I am given,
and not regurgitate
be it food, friends, compliments
gifts or gaiety
I want to nourish my body
and nourish my soul
I want to love myself
so that others I can love
I want to clearly see myself
so the world I can make out
I want to tell the truth
and stop living in this lie
I want to stand up for myself
and not to compromise
I want to feel to dream, to try
and not hold back, restrict
and die
No longer wish I to deny
myself the chance to learn
to fly
I want to be free just to be me
to comprehend serenity
That's why I want recovery


View more artistic expressions of eating disorder sufferers at: http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/recovery-tools-artistic-expression.html

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Simplify your search for eating disorder treatment

Eating Disorder Specialist Library

The new Eating Disorder Specialist Library features detailed overviews and pictures of eating disorder treatment centers and providers. Simplify your search for specialized treatment today!

Many eating disorder sufferers and families find that reviewing the online ‘virtual brochures’ offered in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library greatly simplifies their search and puts them in touch with some of the best treatment centers and providers for their loved one suffering from anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder.


This new and rapidly expanding eating disorder specialist library is an excellent tool for eating disorder sufferers, families, friends and treatment providers who feel overwhelmed with where to begin in the search for appropriate care for the eating disorder sufferer.

Finding highly skilled professionals specialized in the field is key to successful recovery. Begin your search here...

Monday, February 22, 2010

EDAW Rally for Insurance

(forwarded to publicize the vital work of the Eating Disorders Coalition)

EDAW Rally for Insurance Coverage

Join us in-person or via webcast for “We Speak UP! Time to Talk about Eating Disorders Treatment & Recovery,” The Emily Program Foundation’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) event.

The rally will feature:

* Action steps to increase access to benefits and treatment for eating disorders and other mental illnesses.

* Announcement of a federal lawsuit against a large national insurer for denying eating disorders treatment coverage to a Wisconsin woman.

* Forum for participants to write their insurance companies and state insurance regulators.

* Opportunity for participants to add their insurance stories to those being gathered by the National Eating Disorders Association.

When: Friday, February 26 at 11:00 AM Central time

Who: Kitty Westin, M.A., L.P., past president, Eating Disorders Coalition for Policy, Research & Action

Scott Crow, M.D., University of Minnesota professor of psychiatry & eating disorders researcher

Elizabeth I. Wrobel, J.D., attorney, Wrobel & Smith, PLLP

“Jane Doe,” plaintiff in the federal lawsuit

Where: In Person: The Emily Program Foundation, 2265 Como Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108 or

Online: Live streaming webcast @ http://www.ustream.tv/channel/time-to-talk-rally-2010

Noon EST

11 AM CST

10 AM MST

9 AM PST

Webcast viewers are full participants; they can submit questions, chat with each other and Twitter throughout the event.

Speak UP for Eating Disorders Treatment & Recovery by advocating for adequate insurance coverage.

Rally with us in St. Paul or on the web for this exciting, inspiring, and free event!

Sponsored by The Emily Program Foundation. info@emilyprogramfoundation.com

Please share this announcement widely with friends and colleagues. Share on list servs, email, etc.

Also: share the following status update on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks:

Rally for access to eating disorders treatment: Feb. 26 in St. Paul or via live webcast. Details @ http://theemilyprogram.blogspot.com

Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders Sponsors A Special Edition of the Award-Winning Documentary America The Beautiful

PHOENIX (February 22, 2010) ­ In the spirit of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 21- 27, 2010, Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders (http://www.remudaranch.com) has sponsored the PG-13 version of the award-winning film, America The Beautiful (http://www.americathebeautifuldoc.com).

America The Beautiful is a feature length documentary about the beauty industry directed by Darryl Roberts. In the film, Roberts embarks on a five-year journey to examine America's new obsession ­ physical perfection. The documentary shows how increasingly unattainable images contribute greatly to low self-esteem, body dysmorphia and eating disorders for young women and girls.

Remuda Ranch's involvement will help get the film seen by more people, said Darryl Roberts, director of America The Beautiful. In addition to a wider viewership, Remuda Ranch will serve as a central place that we can direct individuals to go to that are looking for help with an eating
disorder.

Remuda Ranch is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, said Dena Cabrera, PsyD, staff psychologist at Remuda Ranch. We felt it was important to sponsor this film because we need to create awareness of all the negative messages and illusions out there that can negatively impact
body image, self esteem and self worth among women and girls. In a culture saturated with images of thinness, glamorous celebrities and diet ads, eating disorders are affecting girls younger and younger.

Eating disorders now affect 11 to 13 million Americans of all ages. Many of those suffering do nothing about it. The film¹s outreach will include special screenings at college campuses around the country. The film will speak to those who need help, have gone through treatment, and will seek to stop many from ever having to travel down the difficult road of recovery from an eating disorder.

Although the media's voice is loud, there are actions and positions we can take as a society to combat the illusions and messages being sent, adds Cabrera. We need the focus to be on developing healthy and self-accepting behaviors.

About Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders Remuda Ranch offers Christian inpatient and residential programs for individuals of all faiths suffering from eating or anxiety disorders. Each patient is treated by a multi-disciplinary team including a Psychiatric and a Primary Care Provider, Registered Dietitian, Masters Level therapist, Psychologist and Registered Nurse. Caring and dedicated professional staff equips each patient with the right tools to live a healthy, productive life. For more information, call 1-800-445-1900 or visit www.remudaranch.com.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Eating Disorder Services of Rogers Memorial Hospital is now featured in the Eating Disorder Hope Specialist Library

Eating Disorder Services
of Rogers Memorial Hospital

Rogers Memorial Hospital is nationally recognized for its comprehensive, effective treatment of eating disorders.

Board-certified adult psychiatrist Theodore E. Weltzin, MD, leads a team of more than 80 professionals specializing in the treatment of eating disorders.

We offer specialized treatment programs for children and teens, men and women, and adults with co-occurring anxiety disorders.

Prior to admission, prospective patients complete a free screening that is reviewed by the program’s medical director to determine what level of care will meet the needs of each individual.

Three levels of care, inpatient, residential and partial hospitalization, are available for individuals struggling with:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Eating disorder not otherwise specified (NOS).

Theodore E. Weltzin, MD

Our first priority for patients is medical and nutritional stabilization, followed by identifying and changing errors in thinking as well as addressing any obstacles to recovery.

We invite patients, families and referring treatment team members to contribute to developing the individual’s treatment plan. Family members and friends are also encouraged to participate in our monthly family and friends program.

Three levels of care for eating disorders treatment

Residential:

Long-term intensive residential treatment is provided at The Eating Disorder Center, offering a home-like environment for medically stable individuals ages 12 and older. The focus of residential treatment is recovery. An average length of stay is 60-90 days.

Our treatment team provides separate small groups for:

  • Adolescent girls (ages 12-18)
  • Young adult women (ages 18-29)
  • Older adult women (ages 30 or older)
  • Males
  • Adults with co-occurring anxiety disorders

Residential treatment components include:

  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Nutritional therapy
  • A variety of experiential therapies

Experiential therapies include:

  • Art therapy
  • Recreation therapy
  • Movement therapy

Residents also participate in therapeutic challenges and outings in the community to practice the healthy coping skills they are developing.

Structured school time in our education center allows adolescents to communicate with their schools and keep up to date with their school work.

Inpatient Hospitalization Programs

Inpatient hospitalization treatment for eating disorders is available for children, adolescents and adults. Treatment is provided in an acute, non-medical setting and focuses on decreasing the patient’s eating disordered behaviors. These behaviors include:

  • Restrictive eating
  • Binge-eating
  • Purging

The primary goals of inpatient care are:

  • Nutritional improvement
  • Medical stabilization
  • Transition to a structured but less intensive level of care

Adult Inpatient Hospitalization

Inpatient hospitalization is offered at our Oconomowoc campus under the direction of Nicolette Weisensel, MD, a board-certified adult psychiatrist.

This program provides treatment for both male and female adults who require intensive stabilization for eating disorders in an acute, non-medical setting.

The primary goals of inpatient care are:

  • Nutritional improvement
  • Medical stabilization
  • Transition to a structured but less intensive level of care

The average length of stay is 10-14 days.

Child and Adolescent Inpatient Hospitalization

Rogers Memorial Hospital - Milwaukee is home to one of the nation’s only specialized child and adolescent focused eating disorder inpatient units.

Under the direction of Tracey Cornella-Carlson, MD, a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, this program’s initial goal is to begin decreasing eating disordered behaviors including restrictive eating, binge-eating or purging.

Partial Hospitalization Programs

Our partial hospitalization programs allow patients to receive an intensive level of therapy while remaining involved with their family and employment or school activities.

Adult Partial Hospitalization

For males and females 18 years or older who are affected by eating disorders, Rogers Memorial Hospital offers up to five-day per week intensive programming for eating disorders at our Oconomowoc campus.

This program is for patients transitioning from acute inpatient or residential treatment to a reduced level of care or from outpatient treatment to a more intensive level of care.

The focus of partial hospitalization is recovery using proven, evidence-based treatment components including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

An average length of stay is 4-6 weeks.

Partial Hospitalization for Preteens to Young Adults

Rogers Memorial Hospital offers partial hospitalization at its Milwaukee campus for preteens to young adults who are affected by anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other eating disorders.

The treatment program meets weekday afternoons and offers supported two meals and a snack.

The focus of partial hospitalization is recovery, using proven, evidence-based treatment components including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and family-based therapy (FBT) using the Maudsley Method.

An average length of stay is 4-6 weeks.

Location/Contact Information

34700 Valley Road, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
11101 W. Lincoln Ave. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

For more information call: 800-767-4411

Visit our website: www.rogerseatingdisorders.org/

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Figure Skating Standards Foster Eating Disorders Too Many Unhealthy Practices Are Sanctioned By Sports Officials And Coaches


Press Release
Media Contacts: Danielle Bickelmann, Susie Lomelino, Michael Burns & Associates
214-521-8596
dbickelmann@mbapr.com
slomelino@mbapr.com

Figure Skating Standards Foster Eating Disorders
Too Many Unhealthy Practices Are Sanctioned By Sports Officials And Coaches

CHICAGO (February 17, 2010) – The control and perfectionism that sets Olympic athletes apart from their peers at lower levels of competition often have a darker side, according to Kimberly Dennis, M.D., a leading psychiatrist specializing in eating disorder treatment.

Dr. Dennis, Medical Director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, discusses this problem in detail in the first of a two-part column on DailyStrength.org, where she serves as a medical expert. Dr. Dennis takes a fresh look at the sport of figure skating from a medical perspective, citing comments from a former national champion estimating that greater than 80% of national level competitors suffer with eating disorders or serious body image issues.

Dr. Dennis believes that aesthetic sports like figure skating and gymnastics often sanction behaviors more consistent with eating disorders than healthy living. The result impacts more than just the athletes themselves, who often risk injury to compete at unhealthy weights, and who may suffer life-long physical and psychiatric complications. Olympic athletes also project an unrealistic body image that influences younger competitors and the public watching on television.

“It’s a unique coincidence that the Ladies’ Olympic figure skating competition will take place next week, during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDA Week),” noted Dr. Dennis. “Olympic figure skaters will get lots of attention for their artistry and technical skill, and much will be said about their stories of hard work and sacrifice. Viewers should also realize how unrealistic the images they see on TV are, and how severe are the costs paid by many of those women to achieve those results. The effects of an eating disorder will be with many of these women for life.”

Dr. Dennis believes that over the last decade, figure skating officials have increased the likelihood of competitors developing anorexia or bulimia by implementing scoring standards that increasingly emphasize technically complex jumps and spins, which defy the laws of gravity. These changes inevitably favor younger competitors with pre-pubescent body shapes, and create an unlevel playing field for more mature women with fully developed hips and breasts.

“It’s no surprise that skaters with more womanly shapes have responded with unhealthy dieting and exercising. It’s also not shocking that coaches and loved ones have encouraged many of these practices, or at least fostered a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ climate around eating disorders,” Dr. Dennis said. “These athletes have often dedicated much of their life to pursuing a spot in the Olympics. Skating officials should expect that many would respond in unhealthy ways, going to unhealthy extremes.”

Dr. Dennis is available for interview and comment.

The full text of part 1 of Dr. Dennis’ article can be viewed online at: http://www.dailystrength.org/experts/DrDennis/articles/does-Olympic-figure-skating-foster-eating-disorders

About Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

Timberline Knolls is one of the leading private residential treatment centers for eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, and mood disorders, with or without a co-occurring disorder or addiction. Expert treatment staff offers a nurturing environment of recovery for women and girls (ages 12 and older) on a 43-acre campus in suburban Chicago. For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, visit our website or call us at 877.257.9611.


About NEDAwareness Week

NEDAwareness Week,
sponsored by The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), is a collective effort of primarily volunteers, eating disorder professionals, health care providers, educators, social workers, and individuals committed to raising awareness of the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment. NEDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA campaigns for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Walden Living Opens in Wisconsin


Walden Living Opens in Wisconsin
Dr. Ted Weltzin announces the opening of Walden Living, a supportive living option for patients with anxiety and eating disorders.

Walden Living offers affordable housing and an on-site Personal Coach for those transitioning from 24- hour care or during day treatment or intensive, outpatient therapy. Located in the quaint, historic town of Delafield, Wisconsin, housing options include new, one and two-bedroom apartments. With easy access to a nationally recognized specialized treatment center—Rogers Memorial Hospital, Walden Living is a place where individuals have the ability to develop effective living skills in an independent yet nurturing environment.

"For patients needing specialized medical and/or behavioral health treatment, we feel Walden Living is an ideal choice for the adjustment back to independent living," says Dr. Ted Weltzin, Walden Living’s founder and Medical Director of Rogers Hospital Eating Disorder Services. "It also gives parents the option to be near their children who are receiving specialty care and practice lifestyle challenges with them prior to returning home."

Walden's Personal Coach provides five hours coaching, per week, per individual. The Personal Coach also helps orientate individuals to the community, schedule their appointments, assist with transportation, participate in meal planning and provide overall guidance.

For more information, visit www.waldenliving.com or e-mail: info@waldenliving.com

Monday, February 15, 2010

Eating Disorder Hope Newsletter - Feb/2010

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~Contents~News, Events, Free Book Drawings, Articles, Treatment Center Information, Editorial Column, Research, Blogs & Announcements.



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Rader Programs

The treatment staff at Rader Programs has been providing high-quality clinical programs for over 20 years. We specialize in the treatment of eating and related disorders. It is our mission to help save the lives of those suffering from eating disorders. The primary purpose of Rader Programs is to treat the dysfunctional behavior in a supportive environment.

A staff of caring and experienced professionals, many who are recovering themselves, assist the affected individual and their family in developing a life long program for recovery. We recognize the complexity of the disorder and understand the medical, psychological, physical, and nutritional aspects of eating disorders. Our treatment approach is centered around the special needs of each individual and we are completely committed to help individuals achieve recovery.

View Rader Programs in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library at:
http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/eating-disorder-specialist-rader-programs

***Generous Partnering Platinum Sponsor of Eating Disorder Hope ~ Making our Work Possible!

Rader Programs


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Timberline Knolls ~ Our new 2010 Platinum Sponsor!

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center provides eating disorder treatment for women on 43 beautiful acres just outside of Chicago. We offer a nurturing environment of recovery for women ages 12 and older struggling to overcome eating disorders, with or without other co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse/drug addiction, mood disorders or anxiety disorders.

A leader in eating disorder treatment, Timberline Knolls provides real and lasting help for anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders. Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center has helped hundreds of women and their families achieve long-term recovery, including many who have suffered repeated relapses because of previously unidentified or under-addressed co-occurring disorders.

Timberline Knolls recognizes that each woman has a unique story, and we are committed to helping her harness her own distinctive strengths. Our expert treatment staff forms a collaborative partnership with the resident, her loved ones and outpatient treatment providers. Together, we craft an individualized eating disorder treatment plan for each woman so she may develop the skills she will need to experience the joys of lifelong recovery.

***Generous Platinum Sponsor of Eating Disorder Hope ~ Making our Work Possible!

Timberline Knolls


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Walden Living Opens in Wisconsin
Dr. Ted Weltzin announces the opening of Walden Living, a supportive living option for patients with anxiety and eating disorders.

Walden Living offers affordable housing and an on-site Personal Coach for those transitioning from 24- hour care or during day treatment or intensive, outpatient therapy. Located in the quaint, historic town of Delafield, Wisconsin, housing options include new, one and two-bedroom apartments. With easy access to a nationally recognized specialized treatment center—Rogers Memorial Hospital, Walden Living is a place where individuals have the ability to develop effective living skills in an independent yet nurturing environment.

"For patients needing specialized medical and/or behavioral health treatment, we feel Walden Living is an ideal choice for the adjustment back to independent living," says Dr. Ted Weltzin, Walden Living’s founder and Medical Director of Rogers Hospital Eating Disorder Services. "It also gives parents the option to be near their children who are receiving specialty care and practice lifestyle challenges with them prior to returning home."

Walden's Personal Coach provides five hours coaching, per week, per individual. The Personal Coach also helps orientate individuals to the community, schedule their appointments, assist with transportation, participate in meal planning and provide overall guidance.

For more information, visit www.waldenliving.com or e-mail: info@waldenliving.com
Walden Living

News from Eating Disorder Coalition

ImageGet active! Capitol Hill is the place for eating disorder advocacy in April! The Eating Disorders Coalition is hosting its first Lobby Day and Congressional Briefing of 2010. Join us as we advocate for the the inclusion of mental health in health care reform, and treatment for eating disorders specifically.

This Lobby Day will build even further momentum around FREED - the first eating disorders legislation to comprehensively promote research, treatment, education, and prevention programs - and demonstrate why it is vital in the larger context of health care reform.

Learn More About the EDC's Lobby Day



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Eating Disorder Services of Rogers Memorial Hospital
Rogers Memorial Hospital
800-767-4411
34700 Valley Road, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
11101 W. Lincoln Ave. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

As the largest nonaffiliated, behavioral health provider in Wisconsin, Rogers Memorial Hospital offers specialized eating disorder treatment. Rogers Memorial provides 24-hour inpatient care, residential treatment and partial hospitalization for men, women, adolescents, and children. We also offer specialized care for co-occurring anxiety disorders and were the first organization to offer a male-specific residential program. Treatment is comprised of small, age-specific groups yielding the most individualized treatment possible. The treatment team uses a number of therapies that take place mostly in a group setting, where individuals get feedback not only from the therapist but from their peers as well. Rogers Memorial uses evidence-based treatment components including: Family therapy,Nutrition therapy, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Pharmacotherapy, Art therapy, Movement and fitness therapy (yoga), Experiential therapy, Substance abuse counseling, Spiritual counseling, One-to-one support, Daily living responsibilities, Community outings and therapeutic passes and a Specialized family and friends program. Rogers Memorial Hospital has treated thousands of patients and families affected by eating disorders. The staff of over 70 professionals, approach each patient, family, and referring outpatient treatment team with dignity and respect, and invite them to be contributors to the treatment plan. Rogers Memorial is a specialty not-for-profit hospital that has contracts with most major insurance providers in order to provide the best treatment options to the most people. In January 2009, Rogers opened a specialized inpatient eating disorder program for children and adolescents, ages 8 and up. Call Rogers Memorial outreach staff today at 1-800-767-4411 ext. 1310. to learn more or to schedule a tour.

***Generous Platinum Sponsor of Eating Disorder Hope ~ Making our Work Possible!

Rogers Memorial Hospital


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Linden Oaks at Edward
801 S. Washington Street
Naperville, Il 60540
www.lindenoakshospital.org
(630) 305-5500

The Eating Disorder Program at Linden Oaks is led by an exceptional team of psychiatrists and psychologists who effectively blend evidence based treatment with empathic, individualized care. Linden Oaks is able to safely manage complex medical and nutritional needs in the inpatient program while helping patients identify core issues behind the eating disorder behavior. In the partial hospitalization programs, patients learn skills that teach them how to manage and cope with day to day issues that trigger eating disorder behaviors. Experiential outings and family groups allow patients to practice skills along the way while still in a supportive environment. For those patients who need additional support, there is Arabella House, a residential care home for up to eight women who are seriously motivated but still need a therapeutic living environment while they continue the recovery journey. Linden Oaks at Edward is a 110 bed behavioral health facility that provides comprehensive services to adults and adolescents. We are proud to provide patient and family centered care by involving patients and families in program planning and facility design. Linden Oaks was acknowledged by the Joint Commission as a center of excellence and is one of the only behavioral health hospitals in the country to receive disease specific certification in the treatment of eating disorders, self injury, chemical dependency, and geriatrics.

***Generous Silver Sponsor of Eating Disorder Hope ~ Making our Work Possible!
Linden Oaks

Eating Disorder Specialist Library ~ simplify your search for treatment

ImageThe new Eating Disorder Specialist Library features detailed overviews and pictures of eating disorder treatment centers and providers. Simplify your search for specialized treatment today!

Many eating disorder sufferers and families find that reviewing the online ‘virtual brochures’ offered in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library greatly simplifies their search and puts them in touch with some of the best treatment centers and providers for their loved one suffering from anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder.

This new and rapidly expanding eating disorder specialist library is an excellent tool for eating disorder sufferers, families, friends and treatment providers who feel overwhelmed with where to begin in the search for appropriate care for the eating disorder sufferer.

Finding highly skilled professionals specialized in the field is key to successful recovery. Begin your search here...

contact info@EatingDisorderHope.com for consideration of listing your treatment center or practice in our exclusive library!

Visit the Eating Disorder Specialist Library



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Oliver-Pyatt Treatment Centers ~ Opening in Miami & New York!
866-511-HEAL (4325)
www.oliverpyattcenters.com

The Oliver-Pyatt Centers’ programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of each client, addressing the core issues driving the eating disorder while providing the tools needed to live a meaningful life, free from food and weight preoccupation.
We believe that one-to-one therapy is the cornerstone of effective eating disorder treatment, and it is the primary reason to choose the Oliver-Pyatt Centers. Each client receives a minimum of six individual therapy sessions per week. Our comprehensive, naturalistic, and highly individualized approach to treatment is provided in an intimate environment with a high staff to client ratio. We have a maximum of eight clients in each of our programs.
Our innovative protocols are grounded in a thorough understanding of eating disorders, incorporating state of the art approaches, outcome data, research, and current medical knowledge, all with the support of our compassionate multi-disciplinary treatment team.


View Oliver-Pyatt Treatment Centers in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library at: http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/eating-disorder-specialist-oliver-pyatt.html

Oliver-Pyatt Treatment Centers

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EVENTS CALENDAR...
February 5- 6, 2010
Eating Disorder Awareness Week” Conference in Petaluma, CA
Timberline Knolls is pleased to serve as a platinum sponsor of the Eating Disorder Recovery Services’ “Eating Disorder Awareness Week” Conference in Petaluma, CA. TK will also be exhibiting at this event, which is open to local community members and health professionals. For more information, contact (949) 413-6945 or kmiller@timberlineknolls.com.

February 9, 2010
Timberline Knolls Hosts Austin Eating Disorder Professionals Networking Breakfast: 8:30 am
For more information, please contact Shannon DeVilbiss at 214.862.8040 or sdevilbiss@timberlineknolls.com

February 11- 13, 2010
Reframing Disordered Eating ~ 1st Annual Southeastern Eating Disorder Conference
Kimberly Dennis, medical director for Timberline Knolls, has been selected to speak at the 1st Annual Southeastern Eating Disorder Conference in Atlanta, GA. She will present on the use of mutual support groups in treating women with eating disorders at this 3-day workshop, of which Timberline Knolls is a sponsor and exhibitor. For more information, contact (224) 829-6949 or rhuber@timberlineknolls.com

February 18, 2010
Evening Lecture with Kathryn Zerbe, MD: What's Your Best Friend Not Telling You? Eating Disorders in Adolescence, Adulthood, Middle Age and Beyond. Professional and community members are encouraged to attend. CEUs offered.
Hockaday School, 11600 Welch Road, Dallas, TX 75229
For more information, visit our website at www.theelisaproject.org
or call our office at 214.369.5222

February 21- 27, 2010
NEDAwareness Week 2010 Theme: It's Time to Talk About It
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/programs-events/nedawareness-week.php

February 27, 2010
America The Beautiful ~ A documentary by Darryl Roberts
Special guest appearance by filmmaker Darryl Roberts
The Art Theatre of Long Beach @ 7pm, Ticket Donation: $50
More info: shoreline-eatingdisorders.com or americathebeautifuldoc.com
Contact: 562-434-6007

March 3, 2010
ESTEEM ~ A Fashion Show by The Elisa Project - A celebration of positive body image that will be held in conjunction with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
The Grand Pavilion of the Dallas Trade Mart
2100 North Stemmons Freeway | Dallas, Texas 75207
www.theelisaproject.org
or call our office at 214.369.5222

March 4-6, 2010
2009 BEDA National Conference
Baltimore, Maryland
Registration and details to come
www.bedaonline.com

March 11-14, 2010
International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Symposium
Walt Disney Swan Resort, Orlando, Florida
Register Here or visit www.iaedp.com to learn more

March 11-13, 2010
Eating Disorders International Conference 2010
Kensington Conference and Events Centre, London, UK
Information or registration at: www.EDIC2010.ukevents.org

March 18-19, 2010
Timberline Knolls Professional On-Site Tour
Timberline Knolls will host its first On-Site of the year, where mental health and addiction professionals from around the country will be invited to tour our campus and learn more about our leading clinical program. For more information, contact (630) 343-2387 or mdevries@timberlineknolls.com.

April 15, 2010
Timberline Knolls Medical Director Dr. Kimberly Dennis speaks at MHA of Greater Dallas Adolescent Symposium
Topic: Eating Disorders as an Addiction Spectrum Disorder in Athletes. For more information, please contact Shannon DeVilbiss at 214.862.8040 or sdevilbiss@timberlineknolls.com

April 16, 2010
Timberline Knolls Medical Director Dr. Kimberly Dennis speaks at Dallas Professional Networking Luncheon
Topic: Eating Disorders as an Addiction Spectrum Disorder in Athletes. For more information, please contact Shannon DeVilbiss at 214.862.8040 or sdevilbiss@timberlineknolls.com

May 14, 2010
3rd Annual Midwest Conference for Eating Disorders Treatment Professionals: "Replenishing Our Toolbox: Innovative Therapies for Eating Disordered Clients"
Skokie Conference Center, Skokie, IL
"When your only tool is a hammer, all problems start to look like nails." – Abraham Maslow

June 10-12, 2010
Academy of Eating Disorders 2010 International Conference on Eating Disorders
Clinical Teaching Day ~ June 9, 2010
Salzburg Congress and Sheraton Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria
Learn more at: http://www.aedweb.org/conference/index.cfm

June 22, 2010
FREE, annual Dawn Farm Education Series; 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197.

October 8-10, 2010
National Eating Disorders 2010 Conference: Building Bridges to Recovery
Marriott New York, at the Brookly Bridge
New York
information at: www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/programs-events/annual-neda-conference.php

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News from the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

Image“It’s Time to Talk About It!” National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2010 is February 21-27, and registration is FREE! NEDA invites you to do just one thing to raise awareness about eating disorders in your community. Register today to access NEDA’s free online resources and networking group; download the electronic Educator Packet; sign up to be or host a Volunteer Speaker; post your event on NEDA’s Website; and get discounts on the NEDAwareness Week Kits and Resource and Planning Guide CD-ROM by visiting our website.

NEDA Laugh? Everyone does! “NEDA Laugh” will be a night of comedy bringing laughter and joy to a rather serious topic – eating disorders. Join us for entertainment provided by comedians Jay Hitt and Stephanie Wichmann and a silent auction and help raise eating disorders awareness in Seattle. The event takes place Thursday, February 18, 2010, 6:00 – 8:30 pm at the See Sound Lounge (115 Blanchard St.) in Seattle. Purchase tickets at firstgiving.com/neda or contact Jessica Silye: jsilye@myneda.org, 206-382-3587, ext. 22.

“It’s Time to Talk About It” Benefit Dinner in New York City. Wednesday, March 31, 2010. For more details, contact Kristina Handley, NEDA@trustaffairs.com.

Speak at the NEDA Conference in NY! NEDA’s Annual Conference for Families and Professionals is entitled “Building Bridges to Recovery” and will take place in NYC, October 8-10. Submit your presentation proposal online by February 15, 2010. Visit our home page for more info.

NEDA’s STAR Program (States for Treatment Access and Research) advocates across the country are actively fighting back against eating disorders by working with state legislators to improve access to treatment and to promote early intervention and prevention programs. To find out about the current initiatives, or how to start advocating for change in your state, visit our website and click on Programs & Events to find out more or email star@myneda.org.

Get Help Today. Call NEDA’s toll-free helpline (1-800-931-2237) or visit our website to get confidential referrals to treatment providers, advice on how to navigate the insurance system and more. If you are a treatment provider and would like to be listed on the NEDA website and in treatment referrals that are emailed, faxed and mailed to clients, visit our website or contact Jessica Silye (above) for more info.

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Plan Now to Attend the 2010 International Conference on Eating Disorders

The International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED) is coming to Salzburg, Austria, for the first time ever, June 10-12, 2010. Join the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) at the Salzburg Congress and Sheraton Salzburg for a truly global gathering of eating disorders professionals. The ICED will offer a packed program of outstanding plenaries, workshops and poster sessions focused on the most vital topics in eating disorders today.

Kelly M. Vitousek, PhD, will deliver the conference’s keynote address, “Coming Together Without Losing Our Way: Pros and Cons of Consensus in the Eating Disorder Field.” Dr. Vitousek is the co-director of the Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy at the University of Hawaii, and director of the Eating Disorder Program. Her recent work includes the assessment and enhancement of motivation for change in anorexia nervosa, development of modified CBT approaches for the eating disorders, therapist training in CBT, and caloric restriction for longevity. Dr. Vitousek’s address is sure to be one of many conference highlights.

A Stunning Locale
Salzburg is one of the most breathtaking cities in the world, and will provide the ideal setting for learning, networking and experiencing every facet of the International Conference on Eating Disorders. AED has negotiated discounted rates at several convenient hotels located in close proximity to the Salzburg Congress. Visit the AED Web site at http://www.aedweb.org/conference/travel.cfm for more detailed hotel and travel information.

Earn Continuing Education Credit
The International Conference on Eating Disorders is an ideal opportunity to earn CME credit conveniently and affordably. Earn up to a maximum of 21.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. ICED offers credits for physicians and non-physicians alike.

Clinical Teaching Day — June 9, 2010
AED's Clinical Teaching Day, held immediately prior to the start of the conference, is an essential educational forum for treatment providers. These vital, intimate sessions are smaller, "how-to" workshops designed to increase knowledge of accepted treatments and expand clinical skills.
This year’s Clinical Teaching Day workshops include:
• Collaborative Care: The New Maudsley Model
• Treatments of Obesity and Binge Eating Disorder: Psychotherapy, Behavioral Therapy, Psychopharmacology and Bariatric
• Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders: Core Skills to Help Your Patients Recover
• Medical Complications of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia and their Treatment
• Multidisciplinary Team Working to Facilitate Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders and Their Families
• Everybody Has Won and All Must Have Prizes? How to Improve the Treatment of Eating Disorders? (Jeder hat gewonnen, und Alle sollen Preise haben? Wie kann man die Therapie von Essst√∂rungen verbessern? – presented in German)
• Media Training -- Working Effectively with the Media
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Puente de Vida - "Bridge of Life"

A Place for Hope, Recovery and Healing from Eating Disorders
P.O. Box 86020, San Diego, CA
858-581-1239 or 877-995-4337
www.puentedevida.com
info@puentedevida.com

Puente de Vida treats Anorexia and Bulimia; males and females, adolescents (ages 15 and up) and adults who live locally, nationally and internationally. Offering individual therapy, nutritional counseling, family therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, support groups, inpatient, residential treatment center. Puente de Vida is a place where therapeutic services are offered to those ages 15 years and older with eating disorders, including those with co-occurring substance use and other disorders. A private six bed, home-like facility, located in beautiful San Diego, provides an excellent setting for the sensitive, inner work that takes place. Puente de Vida's treatment philosophy addresses not just the symptoms but also the underlying issues beneath the surface of eating disorders. An individualized treatment approach includes traditional treatment interventions as well as experiential treatment by our multidisciplinary treatment team. Puente de Vida recognizes that every recovery journey is different and complex and assists the individual in finding their unique path and support in recovery.

View Puente de Vida Programs in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library at: http://clixtrac.com/goto/?10330

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La Bonne Maison
202 Lake Miriam Drive Suite E13
Lakeland, Florida 33813
800-824-8580
Email
www.mylabonnemaison.com

~Offering National & International Care~

Hi my name is Lisa Hatten. I opened La Bonne Maison after a twenty year battle with Bulimia and Binge eating disorder. I am living Proof that it is possible to recover and live a fullfilled life. HOPE is what i bring to my program. La Bonne Maison is a restorative living home for women suffering with Bulimia and Binge eating disorders set in sunny Florida. My program offers a 30-120 day intense program for women ages 18 and up. Please visit my website at www.mylabonnemaison.com.

View La Bonne Maison in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library at:

http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/eating-disorder-specialist-la-bonne-maison.html

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Research

Klarman Family Foundation Grants Program in Eating Disorders Research
Klarman Research Grant for Eating Disorders

The Klarman Family Foundation is interested in providing strategic investment in translational research that will accelerate progress in developing effective treatments for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. The Program's short-term goal is to support the most outstanding science and expand the pool of scientists whose research explores the basic biology of eating disorders. The long-term goal is to improve the lives of patients suffering from these conditions.
Learn more at: www.tmfgrants.org/klarman


Do you Binge Eat and Purge?
Females (ages 21-45) with this eating disorder needed for a research study testing the effects of common medications and alcohol on mood and performance. 7 sessions (8:30 am-3:30 pm).
FREE TREATMENT available after study. Cannot be on hormonal contraceptive. Call (212) 543-5125, -5707, -5126 -6623. Confidential. Earn $800-1,100. New York, NY Near Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (168th & Broadway) P.I. Suzette Evans, Ph.D. (P.I. IRB #6062R)

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Cedar Springs Austin
Cedar Springs Austin
4613 Bee Caves Road, Suite 104
Austin, TX 78746
877-755-2244
512-732-2400
www.CedarSpringsAustin.com
info@CedarSpringsAustin.com

Cedar Springs Austin is a day treatment center specializing in the care of anorexia, bulimia, and related eating disorders affecting males and females from adolescence through adulthood. The programs at Cedar Springs Austin are specially designed to provide individualized levels of support and structure in a comfortable and healing environment. We offer partial hospitalization programs and an intensive outpatient program which are grounded in our mission to provide the highest quality of comprehensive care. Guided by a leadership team comprised of specialists in the eating disorders field, Cedar Springs Austin's physicians and staff provide integrated medical and psychiatric care, daily group and individual psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, meal support, art and movement therapy, and fitness retraining. Cedar Springs Austin also offers a unique specialty program designed to treat the recreational and competitive athlete. Please call our admissions staff to learn more about our programs and the admissions process at 1-877-755-2244.

Cedar Springs Austin

Free Book Drawing: 100 Questions and Answers about Anorexia Nervosa

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Please complete the contact form, enter book drawing in message, and you will automatically be entered into our March 15th, 2010 drawing to win one of two copies of this book!

100 Questions and Answers about Anorexia Nervosa
By Sari Fine Shepphird, Ph.D.
(Jones & Bartlett, 2009)
(225 pages, paperback)

An invaluable resource for understanding anorexia nervosa, this book is a straightforward, reader-friendly guide that answers key questions about the eating disorder, including: What is anorexia nervosa? What causes anorexia nervosa? What are available treatments? Do people with anorexia get better? Where can I go for help? And much more! Patients, their families and loved ones, as well as interested professionals will gain a wealth of knowledge from the clear answers provided in this empowering resource. Written by a psychologist and eating disorders specialist with 20 years of experience in the eating disorders field. Eye-opening patient commentary and a helpful list of patient resources are also included.

Visit www.drshepp.com

purchase here: 100 Questions & Answers About Anorexia Nervosa

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Remuda Ranch Eating Disorders Program

Remuda offers a multi-disciplinary team approach. Each resident is treated by a team of professionals, including a psychiatric and primary care provider, psychologist, registered dietitian, registered nurse and masters-level therapist. Remuda Ranch provides intensive inpatient programs for women and girls suffering from anorexia, bulimia and related issues. Our Biblically based programs offer Hope and Healing to patients of all faiths.
Since 1990, Remuda Ranch has provided excellent care to women and girls with eating disorders. Today, 95% of our 9,000 patients remain in good recovery, due to the Remuda Model of Treatment.
Recognizing a growing need for treatment options, Remuda has developed a program exclusively for boys. ReddStone offers Christian intensive treatment for boys, 17 and under, struggling with anorexia, bulimia or binge-eating disorder. Utilizing the proven Remuda Model of Treatment, this inpatient program is designed to give boys the solid foundation needed to be free from their eating disorder and help prepare the way for them to become strong, independent and capable young men.
If you know a boy who may be struggling with anorexia, bulimia or binge-eating disorder, make sure he gets the treatment he needs. Call 1-800-445-1900 today.

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Eating Disorder Jobs
EatingDisorderJobs.com – Looking for a job? We have everything dedicated to careers in the field of eating disorders. Find current job openings, career opportunities, continuing education, advice from the experts… everything eating disorders all in one site. For recent grads, seasoned professionals and students. Our mission: to connect job seekers with employers, to keep current professionals enthusiastic about the field and what it has to offer, and to guide students into careers where they can make a difference.
Visit Eating Disorder Jobs website

Free Book Drawing: Cardboard: A Woman Left for Dead

ImagePlease complete the contact form(click on "enter drawing" below), enter book title in message, and you will automatically be entered into our March 15th, 2010 drawing to win a copy of this book!

Cardboard: A Woman Left For Dead
by Fiona Place
(Local Consumption Press, Australia, 2010)

Cardboard: A woman left for dead is a fictionalized account of one woman's life-threatening eating disorder and her eventual hard-won recovery. Author Fiona Place has created Lucy, a narrator who is capable of taking the reader inside the dark and often puzzling experience of anorexia nervosa.

A university student, Lucy falls ill while on a coach trip in Europe. Ashen, thin and with a thready heartbeat, she cannot understand what is wrong with her. The tour leader decides she is homesick. And lying on her bed, she is left to fend for herself. In her tiny hotel room Lucy wonders what she should do? Is she really sick or just homesick? Reluctantly, she decides to fly to an English speaking country. And to her embarrassment is taken off the plane in a wheelchair.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Binge Eating Disorder National Conference

Image 2010 National Conference: March 4-6, 2010

Renaissance Harbor Place Baltimore
Enlightenment. Education. Empowerment.

Keynote Speaker: Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, FAED.

Information and Registration @ www.bedaonline.com/2010conference

Don't miss this important event!


Women of Substance Feature Story: Nicole Siegfried

ImageMy story isn’t anything glamorous, sensational, or extreme. I didn’t almost die. My family didn’t have to perform an intervention. I didn’t even have to be hospitalized. In fact, like many people with eating disorders, I don’t think anyone would have known I had an eating disorder just by looking at me. I did well in school; I had Nicole Siegfried a lot of friends; I had a boyfriend and a supportive family. On the surface, I didn’t seem to “have a reason” to have an eating disorder, which actually made me feel more guilty for my secret. I was bulimic. I was empty and fragmented. I was concerned more with what people thought about me than who I really was. I was a charlatan I lied to my friends and family, stole money from my roommates, and lost my “self” to the eating disorder. I was miserable.

Finally, my parents found out, so I began treatment. I thought that beginning treatment would be the “turn around” - that once I came clean, I wouldn’t want to do it anymore. This didn’t happen. So I began pretending to recover. I worked hard to develop the facade of recovery to overlay my charlatan mask. I kept waiting to feel better, waiting for it to be easier to fight the binge or fight the purge. That time never came. I never “felt” like recovering. I told myself every night that “tomorrow will be another day”- a new day where I would feel like recovering. Instead, every day brought with it another spoke in the wheel of the cycle of the disorder.

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New Columnist Announcement: Alexis' Column: New Year and Recovery

Image I love meeting new people.

I love sitting down to a conversation with someone I don’t know and walking away not only informed but befriended. I love hearing people’s stories: where they’ve been, where they are, and where they’re going. I love reaching that point of conversation where I can share my odd peculiarities (like my dream of ordering Chinese take-out in one of those boxes you see in the movies), and not have my sanity on the line. To sum it up, I just love meeting people.

However, I also hate it.

I hate the awkwardness of meeting people for the first time. I hate trying to figure out where to look when I’m talking to them. I hate not being able to ask personal questions, and I hate the way I feel when I hear someone say, “You need to meet...”

The truth is, meeting people is awkward. Half the time you don’t know what to say, and- in the rare instance that you hit it off with someone- there is always the possibility of saying something you shouldn’t say. Without a foundation to build on, you’re pretty much just throwing words out there, hoping not to offend (or scare off) your new friend.

It can be intimidating.

Want to know what else can be intimidating? Freedom. Taking that first step of freedom from your eating disorder can be the scariest thing you have ever done. It’s unknown. It’s awkward. It’s a risk.

And there is no instruction manual.

Stepping out into the real world is scary when all you know is the eating disordered world. It takes some adjusting. Your thoughts will be challenged. Your actions will be altered. Your world will be turned upside down and inside out.

But it is so worth it.

Just like that first meeting with a new friend, the first step (or any subsequent step) can seem daunting. It’s uncharted territory. You will more than likely fall down a couple of times, but don’t let that stop you from pursuing freedom. Everything within you may be fighting against it, but keep the commitment. Maybe your first step is to sit down and eat dinner with your family. Maybe it’s to go one full day without bingeing and purging. Maybe it’s challenging one negative thought a day. Whatever step you currently find yourself on, take it. Step forward. Shake a hand. Meet the challenge.

Don’t let the fear of “what if” stop you from making the change you need to make. You have your whole life to hide behind what’s comfortable. It’s time to take the risk and initiate the first step.

Take it from someone who has spent way too much time running from first handshakes.

Check out Alexis' new blog


Article: Feelings Matter

by: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC

Feelings matter. Our emotions give us valuable information about ourselves and our perceptions of our environment. Failing to acknowledge and appreciate feelings means missing out on important ques about what we need and want. It often seems easier to push aside our feelings and forge ahead with the demands of the day, our life, and our responsibilities. This may be practical in the short term, but deep feelings of grief, anger, abandonment and a whole host of other uncomfortable feelings need to be honored and appropriately expressed in order to be a well adjusted person. Choosing to ignore feelings often leads to tension, stress, addiction, eating disorders, and worse.

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Thank you for being a friend of Eating Disorder Hope. We will continue to provide you with important information, resources and encouragement regarding eating disorder recovery in our newsletters.

Sincerely,

--Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC
Director @ Eating Disorder Hope

www.EatingDisorderHope.com

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Free Book Drawings

Free Book Drawing

ENTER DRAWING
Please complete the contact form, enter book title in message, and you will automatically be entered into our March 15th, 2010 drawing to win one of two copies of this book!

100 Questions and Answers about Anorexia Nervosa
By Sari Fine Shepphird, Ph.D.
(Jones & Bartlett, 2009)

An invaluable resource for understanding anorexia nervosa, this book is a straightforward, reader-friendly guide that answers key questions about the eating disorder, including: What is anorexia nervosa? What causes anorexia nervosa? What are available treatments? Do people with anorexia get better? Where can I go for help? And much more! Patients, their families and loved ones, as well as interested professionals will gain a wealth of knowledge from the clear answers provided in this empowering resource. Written by a psychologist and eating disorders specialist with 20 years of experience in the eating disorders field. Eye-opening patient commentary and a helpful list of patient resources are also included.

Visit www.drshepp.com

purchase here: 100 Questions & Answers About Anorexia Nervosa

Free Book Drawing

ENTER DRAWING
Please complete the contact form, enter book title in message, and you will automatically be entered into our March 15th, 2010 drawing to win a copy of this book!

Cardboard: A Woman Left For Dead
by Fiona Place
(Local Consumption Press, Australia, 2010)

Cardboard: A woman left for dead is a fictionalized account of one woman's life-threatening eating disorder and her eventual hard-won recovery. Author Fiona Place has created Lucy, a narrator who is capable of taking the reader inside the dark and often puzzling experience of anorexia nervosa.

A university student, Lucy falls ill while on a coach trip in Europe. Ashen, thin and with a thready heartbeat, she cannot understand what is wrong with her. The tour leader decides she is homesick. And lying on her bed, she is left to fend for herself. In her tiny hotel room Lucy wonders what she should do? Is she really sick or just homesick? Reluctantly, she decides to fly to an English speaking country. And to her embarrassment is taken off the plane in a wheelchair.

purchase here: Cardboard: A Woman Left For Dead