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Identifying Eating Disorders in Athletes: It’s Okay to Say You’re Not Okay

August generally marks the start of school, back to hectic schedules and anticipation of what the new year might bring. To some this may bring about memories of triumphs; however, for others it could serve as a reminder of how far is left on…
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What I Wish I Knew About Eating Disorder Treatment

Yes, eating disorder treatment involves all the wonderful things that are delicately spelled out in pastel pamphlets. Yes, there can be yoga mats and Rumi and more gentle nodding than the normal neck could take. There are a few things that…
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Eatings Disorders vs. Disordered Eating: What’s the Difference?

One of the most common questions I’ve received as both a clinician and an eating disorder survivor is how to know whether someone truly has an eating disorder. In this day and age, when food fads and diets come and go quickly and people so…
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Recognizing, Treating, and Coping with Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common, but least understood, eating disorder in the United States. Intuitive eating and Health at Every Size® may be helpful tools for those in recovery, but public understanding of these concepts is…

“If This Were My Daughter”: An Adolescent Psychiatrist’s Perspective

This blog post was sponsored by Monte Nido (Clementine).I can recall first wanting to become a physician when my mother would take me to the pediatrician’s office when I was feeling sick as a child. Oftentimes, my doctor would sit next to…

How to Compliment Someone With an Eating Disorder

When people hear that I have an eating disorder, they usually don’t know what to say. It’s awkward on both ends, I’m sure. I sometimes feel the need to apologize for making the other person uncomfortable. It doesn’t have to feel that…
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Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders

Substance abuse problems may begin before or during an eating disorder, or even after recovery. Those struggling with co-occurring substance use and disordered eating should speak with a trained professional who can understand, diagnose, and…

What Are the Warning Signs of Eating Disorders?

The chance for recovery increases the earlier an eating disorder is detected. Therefore, it is important to be aware of some of the warning signs of an eating disorder. An individual with an eating disorder generally won’t have all of these…

Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Eating Disorders

Traumatic events are events that cause psychological, physical and/or emotional pain or harm.  Traumatic events, especially those involving violence between people, have been found to be significant risk factors for the development of a…

6 NEDA Writers Share What It’s Like to Live with Co-Occurring Conditions

An eating disorder diagnosis can be challenging enough on its own, but many individuals also have other psychological issues that can accompany the eating disorder. Sometimes, the other disorder may be a result of eating disorder behaviors,…