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Binge Eating vs. Stress Eating

Many of us know what it is like to eat because we are feeling stressed out; in fact, for a lot of people, stress eating is a fairly common occurrence. Stress eating is not the same thing as binge eating, and it’s certainly not the same thing as having binge eating disorder (BED). It’s important to understand the distinction here, and to be aware of the signs and symptoms of true binge eating disorder. Stress Eating Stress eating is also known as emotional eating, and indeed it can have a big impact on the way we feel. Stress eating can…

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Bullying and Binge Eating

Last month, we unveiled a new social media campaign that we’re all excited about: The #1LifeAtATime campaign. The role of this campaign is to build awareness and foster a more open and honest dialogue about the ravages of eating disorders, the efficacy of treatment, and the hope of recovery. The basic premise is simple: We believe that empowering even one person with knowledge about eating disorder recovery can make a big difference, and create a ripple effect that touches countless other lives. This month, the #1LifeAtATime campaign has a particular focus: Bullying. Bullying and eating disorders are often talked about…

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Weight Stigma and Eating Disorders

Prejudice is an all-too-real, all-too-tragic hallmark of our culture. There are many individuals who experience prejudice and discrimination on the basis of their skin color, their gender, their sexual orientation, or their expressions of religious belief. There are also those whose experiences with prejudice hinge on their weight, and their failure to conform to culturally prescribed body ideals. This is what’s called weight stigma. It’s a very real and very dangerous part of our culture, and in fact, it can sometimes lead to the development of an eating disorder. That’s why the clinical staff at The Highlands is passionate about…

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For Eating Disorder Awareness, Change Happens #1LifeAtATime

As children, we are taught that a single person can make a big difference. That’s a good lesson, but it’s one that often proves hard to retain as we hit adulthood. In this big, scary world, it can be hard to really believe in the power of one—especially in the face of something as difficult as an eating disorder. Yet, even with regard to eating disorders and other mental health crises, a single life can make all the difference in the world. In fact, it is our belief at Castlewood at The Highlands that if we can educate a single…

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5 Tips for Going Back to School After Eating Disorder Recovery

Heading back to school can often bring a combination of excitement and trepidation. In some cases the trepidation may decidedly outweigh the excitement, particularly for those who have spent their summer in eating disorder recovery. After all, when you’re just out of treatment, you’re still very much finding your footing—and returning to the daily social and academic stresses of school can complicate things significantly. Should you choose to go back to school, there are a few things you can do to make the back-to-school season as smooth as possible. We’ll recommend a few strategies for preparing yourself for a return…

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Eating Disorders and the Summertime

We have reached the point in the summer where many kids are starting to seriously dread the first day of school—if they are not already back. They dread it because, when you are a kid, summer is a lot of fun, chock full of happy things, and seeing it fizzle out is always a little depressing. Summer isn’t always so special for grown-ups, though—and in fact, many of us may be perfectly happy to see summer come to a close. That’s especially true among those who struggle with eating disorders. For those in eating disorder recovery, summer can be a…

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Eating Disorder Recovery: Focus on the Problem, Not the Symptoms

Consider this analogy. You come down with a sinus infection. You’ve got sniffles, a headache, and a bit of a cough. Obviously, you want to do something that will alleviate the sniffles, get rid of the headache, and sooth the cough—but you don’t just want to do those things. Ultimately, you want to treat the sinus infection itself. If you only treat the symptoms, and not the underlying cause, you won’t actually get better—and the symptoms will surely return. All of that’s to say that, when dealing with any kind of a disease, it’s critical to identify the root cause…

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How to Beat the Summer Blues

You may have big plans to spend the summer soaking up sunshine, spending time with friends, travelling the world, or simply enjoying a break from school. While you may be on summer vacation, though, there’s no guarantee that your depression will be likewise. Indeed, for mental health disorders such as depression, there is no such thing as a break. The symptoms of depression can rear their head at any time, and it is imperative to be proactive in your recovery every day and in every season. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to keep the effects…

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PTSD Awareness Day

All of us experience things that scare us, things that leave us feeling horrified or helpless. Many of us experience things that actually qualify as trauma, at some point in our lives. In some cases, though, that trauma lingers with us—not just as a series of unpleasant memories, but as an actual mental health disorder. The name for this is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD—and it can be a chronic, debilitating condition. Now is a good time to talk openly and honestly about PTSD. Though there remain many myths and misconceptions about this mental health disorder, it’s something that impacts…

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Be a Recovery Ally

Do you need personal experience with an eating disorder for you to be an effective advocate for recovery? That is a question that many people have asked themselves. To be sure, those who have dealt with an eating disorder firsthand can bring powerful stories and potent testimonies to the discussion. They can do much to defeat stigma and to raise awareness. Simply sharing what recovery has done in their lives can offer a witness of hope to those who may be struggling. To say that only these people can be advocates or awareness-raisers would be incorrect. There are countless people…

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