Sunday, March 29, 2015

Childhood Anorexia and P.A.N.D.A.S. – A Missing Link?

New evidence suggests some cases of childhood anorexia nervosa may be caused by a treatable syndrome called PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections). When I started researching PANDAS I came upon hundreds of stories of healing. Some were heartbreaking to read and learn what the children and families went through. But most end with […]

How Online Support Improves Your Relationship with Food

I’ve always believed that my Yahoo Food and Feelings message board and Facebook “Normal” Eating page help troubled eaters feel better about themselves and their relationship with food. Now an article entitled “A burden shared” in the 1/31/15 issue of The Economist (page 72) gives me hope that what I’ve assumed might be true. Although […]

Stop Competing with Others, Compete with Yourself

A major characteristic of people I treat for eating problems is that they frequently compare themselves to others. Sometimes they do this consciously but, honestly, most of the time I don’t think they have a clue that they’re doing it. There’s nothing wrong with a healthy dose of competition, but there’s everything wrong when you […]

Interview with the Queen of Hearts, Sariah: Love Yourself First

Please tell us about yourself and what you do? I am a Pop Recording Artist, an actress, and a dancer! I follow my dreams and create music in hopes to connect with dreamers around the world Can you tell us a bit about any upcoming projects or events that you are working on? I JUST released […]

Asha Dahya from GirlTalkHQ.com interviews Cami Julaine for “We Are The Real Deal”

November 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Body Image, Eating Disorders, Recovery, Treatment

I first met Cami Julaine in the fall of 2011, at the X Factor USA premiere in Hollywood. We had initially connected on Twitter as we shared some common interests and knew we were both going to the event. Despite our huge age gap (I am 31, she is 18) we just clicked and hit […]

Positive Self-Talk with a Twist

Who doesn’t know that it’s better to speak positively than negatively to yourself as a foundation for transformation? Hopefully all of you. Now here’s a new twist: when speaking to yourself, replacing the “I” word with “you” or your own name. Studying “the pronouns people use when they talk to themselves silently, inside their minds,” […]

Emotional Re-Activity

One thing I have noticed working with eating disorders is how much the emotional re-activity of someone affects their thoughts, actions and their body sensations.  The eating disorder behavior whether it be through restricting, purging, over exercising, or binging is usually an emotional reaction to a triggering event. I often hear stories of people or […]

Eating disorder recovery: using inspirational guides

Inspiring quotes and images can open your mind, invigorate your heart, refresh your soul and inspire your creative path.  You need all this to stay courageous and committed on your path to your eating disorder recovery. Here are some quotes to help you on your way.  Use them in your journal and in your meditations. […]

An Exclusive Interview with Feminist Patricia Leavy about Receiving a National Creativity Award

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is an independent scholar and novelist (formerly Associate Professor of Sociology, Founding Director of Gender Studies and Chairperson of Sociology & Criminology at Stonehill College). She has published sixteen books including the best-sellers Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice (Guilford Press, 2009, 2015) and novels American Circumstance (Sense Publishers, 2013) and Low-Fat […]

What’s Your Normal?

If you’re being emotionally, verbally, physically or sexually abused by your partner, you’ll likely have difficulty becoming a “normal” eater because of what you accept as “normal” in your domestic life. Several points about such misperceived normalcy were made in Time magazine (9/22/14) after the release of the video of NFL player Ray Rice beating […]

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