The Highlands Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Category Archives: Recovery and Support

Staff Spotlight: Amy Claire Grisham

Your role at The Highlands: Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist   The thing you love most about working for The Highlands: Having the privilege working alongside clients who courageously step into their process of learning truth about food, their body, and finding balance where there has been chaos. And being a part of an incredibly dedicated and compassionate staff.   What brings you joy and happiness in your life: To see grace cover the brokenness of humanity. To witness redemption and restoration.   Your favorite quote: “Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite…

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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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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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