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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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Staff Spotlight: Dr. Nicole Siegfried

Your role at The Highlands: Clinical Director   The thing you love most about working for The Highlands: The team of people I work with. They are dedicated, authentic, and creative. I can’t imagine working with a better team.   What brings you joy and happiness in your life: The little sigh my dog makes in the bed in the morning. One of my sons coming home from college for no reason- just to spend time with us. Waking up on a Saturday with nothing on our schedule for the whole day. My husband’s laugh. The tired feeling after spending…

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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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Highlands Hat Trick

On August 13th, 2013, we at Castlewood at The Highlands opened our doors. We are so excited to be celebrating our 3rd anniversary next month. In honor of the 3 years we have been opened, we will be posting a variety of fun and educational information throughout the next 30 days. Since opening, we have helped hundreds of individuals who have struggled with eating disorders and related conditions. Highlands Hat Trick: the term “hat trick” is commonly used in sports when one has three achievements in a game. For the past three years at The Highlands, we have continued to…

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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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Second Annual NEDA Walk

Join us this fall as we raise money to support the National Eating Disorders Association raise money for education, intervention, and awareness for eating disorders. Last year, the community raised $15,000 and we hope to surpass it this year. When: October 15th, 2016; 9am Registration Where: Avondale Park- Birmingham, AL   NEDA Walk website NEDA Walk Facebook Event Page      

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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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Staff Spotlight: Sydney

 Your role at The Highlands: Unofficial, therapeutic presence dog The thing you love most about working for The Highlands: Belly rubs, bringing smiles to all my friends, napping What brings you joy and happiness in your life: Belly rubs, sunning in the grass, treats, chasing anything that poses a threat    Your favorite quote: From the movie Homeward Bound, Shadow: Has been ever since the dawn of time… when a few wild dogs took it upon themselves to watch over man, to bark when he’s in danger, to run and play with him when he’s happy, to nuzzle him when he’s…

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