The Highlands Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Category Archives: Eating Disorder Treatment

Staff Spotlight: Allison Burnett

Your role at The Highlands: Anything from therapy to social media (go like our pages, thanks) The thing you love most about working for Castlewood at The Highlands: It is a place where your differences and authenticity are celebrated.   What brings you joy and happiness in your life: All the animals, Saturdays in the fall, my lobster and our 3 furbabies Your favorite quote: “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu 6 Things you could never do without: Chapstick, caffeine, microwaves, laughter, college football, saying Roll Tide Your ultimate…

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Trauma Resolution and Eating Disorder Recovery

For eating disorder treatment to be effective, it has to address not only the external signs and symptoms, but also the disorder’s underlying causes. In some cases, that means addressing trauma, or even PTSD. While not all individuals who struggle with eating disorders also struggle with trauma, these conditions are commonly linked. Here at Castlewood at The Highlands, many of our residents receive treatment for both of these conditions in conjunction. Trauma also happens to be the focus of December’s #1LifeAtATime campaign, which is why we are devoting a little bit of space today to explain the intersection between trauma…

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If Not Now… When? by Paul Beuttenmuller Castlewood Alumnus

“Somewhere in the archives of crudest instinct is recorded the truth that it is better to be endangered and free than captive and comfortable” – Tom Robbins For the longest time, I thought I was comfortable with where I was in life. I gave off the impression that I was happy and satisfied. But after some time, I came to realize that I was really just settling because I did not believe (and I was too afraid) that life could get any better. I was too set in my beliefs and my comfort zone to really open up and admit that…

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Eating Disorder Recovery: Get Refocused for the Holidays

Some people really look forward to the holiday season; for them, it’s a season of fun and frivolity, of camaraderie and cheer. For others, the holidays season isn’t something to anticipate at all. It’s a time of the year that is characterized by stress, anxiety, and the resurgence of unpleasant memories. All of this can make it difficult to make it through the holidays at all—but imagine how much more difficult it must be to navigate the holiday season while also dealing with an eating disorder. This is a reality that many of our clients, old and new, must contend…

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How Eating Disorders Impact the LGBT Community

Each month, Castlewood at The Highlands uses our #1LifeAtATime campaign to highlight a specific facet of eating disorder recovery—an issue that needs to be showcased, or a community that needs to be better served. For the month of November, we’re focusing on how eating disorders impact members of the LGBT community. This is a major problem, and one where lives hang in the balance—but the good news is that we can all make a difference; we can spread the message of hope and recovery, changing things #1LifeAtATime. That process all starts with education and understanding, so please join us in…

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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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Staff Spotlight: Kenton Bartlett

Your role at The Highlands: I get to hang out with our awesome clients all day, ask weird questions to get conversations going, and do random stuff like pet horses, make art, and get dunked in a dunk tank. AKA Direct Care Staff and Therapy Intern   The thing you love most about working for The Highlands: It’s refreshing to be around authentic and emotionally intelligent folks (staff & clients) who have a high threshold for truth and are able to generously understand people. It’s a great group, and it’s really nice that they’re all under one roof.   What…

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