Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Invitation to join Jena Morrow, Author of Hollow: An Unpolished Tale, at Texas Christian University



August 18, 2010
Presentation and Book Signing by author of Hollow: An Unpolished Tale, by Jena Morrow

Wednesday evening at 7 pm
TCU Kelly Alumni Center ~ The Cox Banquet Room
2820 Stadium Dr., Fort Worth, TX
Sponsored by Meier Clinic, Timberline Knolls, Eating Disorder Hope
Hosted by TCU Counseling Center
Questions call Shannon DeVilbiss at 214.862.8040 for more information

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Importance of Addressing OCD and Other Anxiety Disorders Symptoms in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

By Theodore E. Weltzin, MD
Nicolette Weisensel, MD
Tracey Cornella-Carlson, MD
Bradley C. Riemann, PhD
Pamela Bean, PhD.
Rogers Memorial Hospital - Eating Disorder Center

Eating disorder symptoms can be more severe for those also struggling with a co-occurring anxiety disorder like obsessive-compulsive disorder. Rogers Memorial Hospital has recently developed a residential program that specifically uses evidence-based treatment for both eating disorders and anxiety disorders. While effectively addressing anxiety disorder symptoms in eating disorder patients can be challenging, preliminary results show a significant reduction in both anxiety and eating disorders symptoms. In the spring of 2008, Rogers Memorial Hospital will open a new residential treatment center that features a specialized program for those with co-occurring anxiety and eating disorders.

A substantial number of those diagnosed with anorexia or bulimia present with at least two co-morbid psychiatric illnesses at admission to treatment (Bean et al., 2005; Blinder, Cumella & Sanathara, 2006). The presence of anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) , have been consistently found in patients who were already being treated for eating disorders in an outpatient or an inpatient setting (e.g., Bean, 2006; Kaye, Bulik, Thorton, Barbarich, & Masters, 2004; Rabe-Jablonska, 2003). Findings indicate that OCD is present in a low of 10% (Lucka, 2006; Rabe-Jablonska, 1996), a median of 20-37%, (e.g., Bean, 2006; Rubenstein, Pigott, L'Heureux, Hill & Murphy, 1992; Thiel, Broocks, Ohlmeier, Jacoby & Schussler, 1995) and a high of 56% (Blinder, Cumella & Sanathara, 2006) of all eating disorder patients. Both conditions have a peak age of onset during adolescent years and interestingly, OCD prevalence is increased in both anorexic and bulimic eating disorder subgroups. OCD was found to be two times more common in patients with a diagnosis of anorexia (Blinder, Cumella & Sanathara, 2006; Lucka, 2006) compared to bulimia...finish article

Monday, July 26, 2010

EDC LOBBY DAY, SEPTEMBER 29-30, 2010

EDC LOBBY DAY, SEPTEMBER 29-30, 2010
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

The Eating Disorders Coalition is hosting its second Lobby Day of 2010 and we will be honoring Congressman Kennedy at a free reception on September 29th and 30th. We would love if you could come join us as we Lobby the Hill in support of the FREED Act. Below you will find a link to registration and the Lobby Day Schedule.

Wednesday, September 29th

Basic Training
2:30PM - 4:30 PM
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Parish Hall
3rd & A St SE, Washington DC 20003

Basic Training is required for all first-time advocates. You will learn what lobbying is, how to do it effectively, and the role of advocates in creating sound public policy. If you have participated in a previous EDC Lobby Day, this session is optional.

We invite you to our EDC Reception honoring Congressman Kennedy after EDC Lobby Day Basic Training. There is no fee to attend the reception but please register all guests who plan to attend.

Reception Honoring Congressman Kennedy
6:30-8 PM
Rayburn House Office Building
Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street
Gold Room 2168
Washington DC 20003

Thursday, September 30th
Message Training
9-11 AM
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Parish Hall
3rd & A St SE, Washington DC 20003

Message Training is REQUIRED for everyone joining us at EDC Lobby Day. We will review talking points for the day and our overall message with other EDC Lobby Day team members. A light breakfast will be served prior to Message Training.

EDC Lobby Day
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
U.S. Capitol Complex

Congressional Briefing
Tentative to be Scheduled 4-5pm

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Real Women Recovered From Eating Disorders Share Their Stories

Want some eating disorder recovery inspiration? Read stories of real women who have overcome eating disorders and are now leading productive and fulfilling lives @ http://eatingdisorderhope.com/resources-women-of-substance.html


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Friday, July 23, 2010

Mommy Not Always Dearest During Treatment For Eating Disorders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(July 22, 2010) – One underlying cause that surprises many women during treatment for an eating disorder is the relationship an adolescent girl has with her mother, according to Catherine Weigel Foy, a family therapist at Timberline Knolls, a leading eating disorder treatment center for women.

Young girls suffering with eating disorders often think the physical aspects of their disease call for the most healing, but in most all instances, girls have to recognize the psychological and emotional damage caused by anorexia or bulimia, too. It’s during this process that they often uncover unexpected root causes of their disease.

“The mother-daughter relationship can be a complicated one. While relationships with friends and husbands begin in adolescence and adulthood, a mother's love begins before a child is born, and can create an unrealistic expectation that the connection between mothers and daughters will be as strong and free from limitations in adulthood as it was in early infancy,” said Weigel Foy, LCSW, LMFT. ...finish reading press release

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Art Exhibit Featuring Portraits and Stories of Eating Disorder Sufferers

Skeleton in the Closet at San Francisco's RayKo Photo Gallery

This month, RayKo Photo Center, in San Francisco, will be featuring images from the Fritz Liedtke Skeleton in the Closet series in their show Por(trait) Revealed.

The artist, Fritz Liedtke will be there for the opening on July 28, so if you are in the Bay Area, please join him.

(Por)trait Revealed:
A juried exhibition of portrait photography
Reception: Wednesday, July 28th, 6-8p
Show Dates: July 28 - Sept 10

Featured artists: Mark Menjivar & Fritz Liedtke
RayKo Photo Center presents the final selections from an open call for photographic work exploring the genre of portraiture and varying characteristics of us humans.

Fritz Liedtke’s Skeleton in the Closet is a series of intimate portraits and stories of those who struggle with eating disorders. In a society saturated with shallow, narrow definitions of beauty, anorexia and bulimia are an increasingly prevalent trend. Movie stars, magazine ads, fad diets, internet pornography, fashion models, MTV…the pressure to look thin and attractive is an oppressive force that is difficult to resist. Everyone wants to be an American Idol. But obsession with appearance is not the only motivation for restrictive eating. Dancers, gymnasts, wrestlers, models, and others, find themselves in unhealthy eating patterns in order to stay competitive. Ultimately, the disorder is really a means for controlling one part of a person’s world–-a world which may, in the end, be destroyed by the disorder itself.

You can also read more about the Skeleton in the Closet exhibit and about artistic expression and eating disorders here.

Please contact Eating Disorder Hope here if you would like to submit material to be published on the Artistic Expression and Eating Disorders page of our website.

Jenni Schaefer's inspiring new video just released!

Check out Jenni Schaefer's inspiring new video. Reminding us all that full recovery is possible, worth the work to attain, and deserved by all ED sufferers!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eating-Disorder-Hope/83317933683?ref=sgm#!/video/video.php?v=450292110309

Jenni continues to be an inspiration to all who have suffered from eating disorders. She gives hope to so many because of her authenticity and willingness to open herself up to others - so that we might learn from her hard won experience in overcoming ED. This video depicts her positive, encouraging and loving message well!

Monday, July 19, 2010

July 23rd Workshop for ED Professionals Reminder

July 23, 2010
Workshop for Professionals. An Inside Look: Working with the Resistant Eating Disorder Patient and the Pharmacological Treatments for Addictive Disorders
Bethesda, MD

co-hosted by Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Promises Treatment Centers, with presentations from Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt and Dr. David Sack.

Eating disorders and addictive disorders often go hand in hand. This workshop will provide information and guidance on state of the art treatments as well as information on the identification of co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Topics include treatment resistance, FDA approved treatments for drug and alcohol dependency, and a review of novel treatments currently in development. This workshop will equip professionals with the most current approaches on the treatment of these disorders from a medical, psychological, and pharmacological perspective. 4 CEC's. For more information or to register, visit http://workshops.promises.com, or call 866-825-1104.

Read about this event and others at our frequently updated 2010-2011 Calendar of Events

Adult anorexia: the forgotten tragedy of lives lost to illness


The Sydney Morning Herald
@ STACEY MOSELEY
July 18, 2010
"Pregnancy was very hard for me" ... June Alexander has had an eating disorder for years.

WOMEN in their 30s, 40s and even older are the new breed of anorexia nervosa sufferers, with a study showing that the disease is not only a condition of the young.

Stephen Touyz, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Sydney, conducted the first study of its kind in the world, examining women from Sydney and London who have had the disease for seven years or longer...finish article @ http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/wellbeing/adult-anorexia-the-forgotten-tragedy-of-lives-lost-to-illness-20100717-10f5j.html

Learn more about anorexia @ http://eatingdisorderhope.com/resources-anorexia.html

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Treating Children with Eating Disorders

Julie Lesser, MD
Eating Disorders Institute

Ah, the middle school years. For most kids, this is a time for hanging out with friends, exploring new boundaries and becoming a full-fledged teen. But what happens when this period of development is hampered by an uncontrollable fear of gaining weight?

"Eating disorders may take a significant toll at any age, but they're especially dangerous for children ages 13 and younger," says Julie Lesser, MD, Methodist Hospital Eating Disorders Institute. "Changes in diet may impact health more rapidly in children than in adults. Not only are they still growing, but children require adequate fuel to be active, especially if they are participating in organized sports. If they develop an eating disorder, they may become malnourished very quickly." ...finish article

Friday, July 16, 2010

Great article about body image and pre-teens or teens

Fostering Healthy Body Image And Weight In Your Pre-Teen Or Teen

By Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD
Founder, Oliver-Pyatt Centers
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Nevada
www.oliverpyattcenters.com

Puberty is a tumultuous time in a child's life: the first giant step into the unknown world of adulthood, with its excitement and fears. And no area of puberty and adolescence is more fraught with both promise and worry than a child's changing body image.

Suddenly, after growing slowly and steadily for years, a child approaching puberty rapidly begins to shoot up and round out. In addition, sexual characteristics make their appearance, as hormones trigger breast development, pubic hair growth, and a host of other changes including that hallmark of the teenage years: radical mood swings.

To help your teenager through this exhilarating but also frightening time, it's important to begin by understanding normal pubertal changes.

As children's bodies undergo these changes, they also develop a new image of their own sexuality and attractiveness. In addition, as they add weight and round out, their casual relationship with food and eating becomes more complex.

Children who navigate these changes successfully can mature into confident, healthy individuals who value their own bodies and are in control of their eating. Those who fall prey to societal pressures or destructive dieting during their teen years, however, are targets for eating disorders or lifelong obesity. That's why parents need play an active role in understanding their children's changing bodies and feelings during puberty and adolescence, and promoting a positive body image and a healthy relationship with food and eating...finish reading article

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Are You Aware of the Quebec Charter for Healthy & Diverse Body Images?

Body images presented in the public sphere and the media influence self-image, self-esteem, and, indirectly, population health. We recognize that beauty ideals based on extreme thinness can harm self-esteem, particularly in girls and women. We believe that eating and weight-control behaviors are influenced by biology, psychology, family, society, and culture. We encourage partners from all fields—government, community organizations, and corporations—to work together to help diminish adverse social pressures so as to foster a healthy and egalitarian society.

We believe that with their vitality and creativity, the fashion, advertising, and media sectors can provide leadership and exert a positive influence upon the population. We want to follow an international current in the fashion industry towards awareness campaigns on problems related to excessive preoccupation with weight, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa. We are determined, at the instigation of the Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, to collectively contribute to drafting this charter and launching a common call to action to promote a healthy diversity of body images. We, the undersigned, therefore pledge our support for a vision of a society in which body diversity is valued and, in consequence, undertake, as part of our respective missions, to:

1. Promote a diversity of body images, including different heights, proportions, and ages
2. Encourage healthy eating and weight control habits
3. Discourage excessive weight-control practices or appearance modification.
4. Refuse to subscribe to esthetic ideals based on extreme thinness
5. Remain vigilant and diligent so as to minimize the risks of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and unhealthy preoccupations with weight
6. Act as agents of change so as to promote healthy eating and weight-control practices and realistic body images
7. Promote the Qu├ębec Charter for a Healthy and Diverse Body Image among our partners, clients and colleagues, while actively respecting and adhering to its principles

Learn more about this exciting Charter at: http://www.ijoinonline.com/en/

Learn more about body image at: http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/recovery-tools-body-image.html

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Remuda Ranch Featured in the Eating Disorder Specialist Library

Remuda Ranch provides holistic inpatient treatment for women, adolescents and children struggling with anorexia, bulimia and related issues. By using the highly effective Remuda Model of treatment and 20 years of an established treatment regimen of best practices,this intensive program is designed to eliminate eating disordered behaviors, regain patient health, and get every individual on the road to recovery.

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Children as young as 9 now anorexic

By Fiona Dillon

Monday July 12 2010

CHILDREN as young as nine are showing symptoms of anorexia.

Professor James Lock, from Stanford University in California, who was in Ireland to address health professionals at a conference, said that the average onset of anorexia is aged 12 to 15, but children as young as nine are being seen in the US.

He said: "The mean age seems to be going down for the onset of eating disorders."

Finish article: http://www.herald.ie/lifestyle/health-beauty/children-as-young-as-9-now-anorexic-2255280.html

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Body image article by one of the best in the field of eating disorder treatment

Challenging Body Distortions Through the Eyes of the Body

By Susan Kleinman, MA, ADTR, NCC

Body image is the picture in our mind's eye of how we look to ourselves. It reflects our beliefs about how we think others perceive us and captures how we experience the feeling of "living" in our bodies. Adrienne Ressler, MA, LMSW, CED

Everyone has a body-image and it develops from the moment of our birth, and it continues as we experience life and incorporate the messages of our personal and more global culture. Although we may strive to balance an inner image that is more positive than negative, we are all susceptible to finding fault with ourselves.

By feeding ourselves a steady diet of self-criticism, however, we pave the way for a deprecating self to take control. Sticking to us like glue, this negativity has an impact on our inner-self, and we often feel very small, diminished and even shamed. In a sense, we become "centered" in these thoughts, causing all of our decisions and actions to take form from our distorted perspective. This imbalance has the power to paralyze us and usually does when we let it roam freely in our minds. According to Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are standing, as in what direction we are moving". Consequently, when our distortions beckon our low self-esteem, it becomes necessary to challenge them in order to regain a more balanced perspective. It is also essential to examine what underlies these thoughts, so we can consciously decide to what degree we will allow their influence to threaten our functional mobility...finish body image article

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Seasonal Blues: Does Summer Season Increase Body Dissatisfaction and Encourage Eating Disorder Development?

Seasonal Blues - the Warmer Side of it

By Kimberly Dennis, M.D.
Medical Director of Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

It happens each year. As the weather gets warmer, we are invited to pool parties and trips to the beach. Our clothing is thinner and less substantial. We may have to wear a bathing suit or fit into that dress for a special occasion, such as a wedding. This increase in exposure can exacerbate negative body perceptions and increase feelings of inadequacy for many people.

It’s no wonder that eating disorders may surface or worsen during this time of the year. Many people begin spring and summer thinking they need to lose a few pounds to look good on the beach or in the chapel. Some people try crash diets, rigorous exercise regimens, or less commonly, a cycle of binging and purging. Positive reinforcement of weight loss by peers could cause a person to feel like he or she must maintain that type of body to feel good about him or herself. This can trigger or reinforce eating disorder behavior...finish article

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

July 7th, 2010, Early Edition of Eating Disorder Hope Newsletter just posted

News, Events, Articles, Treatment Center Information, Research and Announcements .

Featured Event: 2nd Annual Photo Contest of the National Eating Disorders Association
The theme for the photo contest is the NEDA 2010 Conference Theme: "Building Bridges to Recovery."

Deadline: July 30th.

If you are chosen as the winner of this contest, your photo may be used to promote our conference, it will be prominently displayed at the conference and you will be entered in a lottery to win cool NEDA Gear, including a NEDA T-shirt, water bottle, and more!

Thank you for your help in “Building Bridges to Recovery!”
Rules, submission forms and more information here


Eating Disorder Hope College Blog & Club just launched - become a charter member
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Eating Disorder Hope, the one stop resource for eating disorder treatment, information and recovery tools invites you to add this positive, uplifting and pro recovery blog and club to your recovery treatment plan or to further learn about eating disorders, treatment and recovery.

We also invite you to share your experience, strength and hope here. You will find acceptance, support and the encouragement you need to embark on your personal eating disorder recovery journey.

Research
Men and Women Needed for UT Southwestern Medical Center Research. Men and women with anorexia nervosa or other eating disorders are invited to participate in a study about the neurological and genetic basis of eating disorders. Inclusion Criteria: ages 8-70 years of age, males and females, all races and ethnicities, outpatient, inpatient, or partial hospitalization patients, capable of providing informed consent. Study Participation Involves: clinical interview, questionnaires and short quizzes, short blood draw if participating in DNA study For more information or to enroll in this study please email: edresearch@utsouthwestern.edu

Views on Recovery Experience Study
Recovering from anorexia is difficult and each person’s experience is very different. Deakin University is conducting a project looking at your experience. We are inviting both males and females over the age of 18 who are currently recovering from anorexia to be involved. This study involves you completing five brief confidential online questionnaires now (should take approx. 30mins) and again in two weeks. If you are interested in more information follow the link below or contact Jacqueline Woerner on (03) 52278426 or email jrwoerne@deakin.edu.au


EVENTS CALENDAR...
July 7, 2010
Jenni Schaefer, McGraw-Hill popular best-selling author of “Life Without Ed” and “Goodbye Ed, Hello Me”, presenting a FREE teleconference., at 8pm central time. All are welcome to attend. RSVP’s are required. To Register: Send an email with “RSVP for Jenni” to mc@mentorconnect-ed.org
RSVP Deadline: July 7th, 2010 at noon

July 23, 2010
Workshop for Professionals. An Inside Look: Working with the Resistant Eating Disorder Patient and the Pharmacological Treatments for Addictive Disorders
Bethesda, MD
co-hosted by Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Promises Treatment Centers, with presentations from Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt and Dr. David Sack.
Eating disorders and addictive disorders often go hand in hand. This workshop will provide information and guidance on state of the art treatments as well as information on the identification of co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Topics include treatment resistance, FDA approved treatments for drug and alcohol dependency, and a review of novel treatments currently in development. This workshop will equip professionals with the most current approaches on the treatment of these disorders from a medical, psychological, and pharmacological perspective. 4 CEC's. For more information or to register, visit http://workshops.promises.com, or call 866-825-1104.

August 13-14, 2010
2nd Annual Rocky Mountain Eating Disorders Conference
Marriott City Center, Denver, Colorado
The conference will focus on clinical advancements in the treatment of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and EDNOS, as well as innovative strategies for addressing the complexities of these disorders. Following is a brief sampling of sessions and speakers:
1. Key Ingredients for Creating a Center of Excellence: A Primer for Building a Successful Program
Kenneth L. Weiner, MD, CEDS
2. Escaping the Wilderness: Recovery from Anorexia
Emmett R. Bishop, Jr., MD, CEDS
3. Medical Complications of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia
Philip Mehler, MD, FACP, CEDS
4.The Willing and Able: Understanding the Adolescent Brain in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAM, FAED, CEDS
5.New Models of Family Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders Craig Johnson, PhD, FAED, CEDS
6. The Mindful Therapist
Carolyn Costin, MA, Med, MFT, CEDS
To receive a brochure or to register for the 2nd Annual Rocky Mountain Eating Disorders Conference, visit www.EatingRecoveryCenter.com or contact Sarah Gilstrap, Marketing and Intake Coordinator, at (877) 218-1344 or (720) 258-4008 or email sgilstrap@EatingRecoveryCenter.com.

September 2-3, 2010
If not dieting® Health Professional 2-day Training Program
The Treacy Conference Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. Email: louise@ifnotdieting.com.au Phone: 03 9482 2106
PDF Flyer can be downloaded from calendar/events page link below

September 23, 2010
A Full-day Training Seminar for Professionals on Eating Disorders, and Trauma.
Becoming an Embodied Therapist: Accessing the Language of the Body in Treatment
Brooklyn, NY
This all day seminar offers the opportunity for professionals to learn how to discover and trust their innate ability to "attend" empathically, respond authentically, and translate non-verbal experiences into cognitive insights.
This seminar is being sponsored by the American Dance Therapy Association as part of their 45th Annual Conference, Creating the Mind-Body Mosaic: Theory, Research and Practice in Dance/Movement Therapy. The ADTA ( Provider #5739) is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors ( NBCC) and will offer six continuing education hours for attendance at this seminar. For more information, please contact The American Dance therapy Association: 410/997-4040,
Email Gloria@ADTA.org or The Renfrew Center of Florida: Susan kleinman: 954/698-9222, ext 2087 or Email Skdmt2@bellsouth.net.

September 25, 2010
Eating Disorders: State of The Art Treatment
The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt’s Annual Professional Symposium
This one-day intensive training program offers attendees a rare opportunity to hear from six of the nation's leading authorities on eating disorder treatment in a single day. Offering 7 CMEs/CEUs.
Featured Presenters: Kathryn Zerbe, M.D., Kelly Vitousek, Ph.D., Scott Crow, M.D., Daniel Le Grange, Ph.D., Marcia Herrin, Ed.D., MPH, RD, and James Lock, M.D., Ph.D.,
7:00am-5:00pm, continental breakfast and catered lunch included
Location: The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore, Maryland. Now accepting registrations! Download the Program Schedule for complete event details including payment and registration information. You may also visit www.eatingdisorder.org for more information. Please contact (410) 938-4593 with any questions.
View entire calendar through May, 2011


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Sunday, July 04, 2010

Eating Disorder Treatment: What it is & How it Works

Eating Disorder Treatment: What it is and How it works

Ever wonder what the typical steps for eating disorder treatment are? Wonder how to know if a treatment center is well regarded? Not sure what level of care to recommend to a loved one or for yourself?

Research tells us that eating disorder treatment by a team of professionals, specialized in the field, is the best course of action to take when eating disorder recovery is needed. This can be supplemented with many outstanding self help resources to further strengthen and inspire recovery. Here is a quick overview of what treatment is and how it works:

Outpatient

Eating disorder treatment can be provided on an outpatient basis by a team of a therapist, nutritionist, physician and if needed, psychiatrist or cardiologist.

Typically, an individual struggling with an eating disorder will attend appointments one to two times a week with both the therapist and the nutritionist. Often, the physician, psychiatrist and/or cardiologist may require multiple appointments too, in an effort to monitor the health of the individual.

Duration of outpatient treatment can vary from three months to seven years or longer. In most cases, a long term treatment plan is needed and it is not unusual to spend five to seven years in counseling in order to recover from an eating disorder.

Intensive Outpatient

The next step up in treatment from an outpatient team approach is intensive outpatient. This often occurs at a hospital or treatment facility where the individual struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder or compulsive overeating attends a treatment clinic two or three times a week, and gains access to all the services in one location. These services generally include counseling, nutritional therapy, group counseling and more.

Inpatient or Residential Treatment

If the two prior methods of eating disorder treatment are ineffective, then residential or inpatient treatment is recommended. This generally involves a stay at a hospital or treatment center for 30 to 90 days.

These treatment centers often operate holistically and have staff and services to address the multiple needs of their patients. Art therapy, equine therapy, group counseling, individual therapy, nutrition counseling and more are typical fare at treatment centers.

Accreditation

The Joint Commission Accreditation Health Organization (JCAHO) awards certification to those treatment centers who apply for and gain accreditation. This is an arduous process that requires adherence to strict policies and procedures. The JCAHO mission is to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value JCAHO stands for.

Many consider JCAHO accreditation to be a bench mark for excellent and quality care.

Aftercare

Aftercare is very important to the ongoing recovery work of an individual released from inpatient, residential or intensive out patient treatment. It involves have a therapist and nutritionist to meet with regularly, in order to monitor behaviors and work through issues as the individual adapts back to their normal life outside of treatment.

In addition to the treatment team, it is often recommended that an individual develop an aftercare plan that also includes group support in the community. There are many organizations that provide free groups to help eating disorder sufferers stay on the road to recovery and/or recover from relapse. A few excellent organizations worth checking out are Eating Disorders Anonymous, Mentor Connect, and Overeaters Anonymous.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Eating Disorder Hope College Blog & Club just launched - become a charter member


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Eating Disorder Hope, the one stop resource for eating disorder treatment, information and recovery tools invites you to add this positive, uplifting and pro recovery blog to your recovery treatment plan.

We also invite you to share your experience, strength and hope here. You will find acceptance, support and the encouragement you need to embark on your personal eating disorder recovery journey.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Check out the Eating Disorder Hope Virtual Library with free downloadable MP3 presentations by Eating Disorder Experts

What our site visitors have to say about the Virtual Library:

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