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November 5, 2012 - 9:32am

Eating Disorder Treatment ResourcesAfter recovering from a ten-year-long battle with various eating disorders, Johanna Kandel founded The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness in 2000. Based in West Palm Beach, Florida, The Alliance has brought information and awareness about eating disorders to more than 160,000 middle school, high school, and college students nationally and internationally. In addition, The Alliance offers information to those who are seeking information about eating disorders treatment, community awareness, and professional training:

Community Education - The Alliance is committed to increasing education and awareness through educational presentations at public and private elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, graduate programs, Social Service Agencies, Youth Groups, Healthcare Programs, etc.

Professional Training - The Alliance offers professional training in areas of diagnosis, treatment, advocacy, working with various age groups, co-occurring disorders and the like is available to educators, mental health practitioners, all healthcare providers and other community groups and agencies.

Junior Advisory Committee - The Alliance offers the Junior Advisory Committee as a liaison for students in high school or college to act as advocates for teens and young adults as a school ambassador. School ambassadors promote the interaction between The Alliance and the school body. This also helps to promote stigma reduction and greater involvement in the youth, teens and young adults in the work of The Alliance.

The Alliance also publishes the U.S. Eating Disorders Treatment Referral Guide for colleges which gets disbursed to several thousand schools in the U.S.

November 2, 2012 - 8:00am

Eating Disorders information and treatmentMulti-service Eating Disorder Association – (MEDA): MEDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating. Since 1994, their mission has been prevention of the continuing spread of eating disorders through educational awareness and early detection. MEDA is a national level resource and support network for clients, loved ones, clinicians, and educators and the general public.

MEDA STANDS FOR:

  • Mentor the community in its understanding of eating disorders.
  • Empower Individuals to live free of body, food, and weight obsessions.
  • Develop eclectic and diversified treatment teams for clients and loved ones.
  • Assist individuals and their loved ones by offering the training and support needed for recovery.

MEDA also has a variety of resources available for patients and families looking for information:

Educational Presentations - These presentations are aimed at school professionals, students, teachers, and families and while most of these are really geared toward eating disorders, the focus is around how individuals can increase body confidence.

College Networking – MEDA has a strong presence in colleges around the country. These networking opportunities are for students, faculty, clinicians, health educators, and others to discuss prevention and treatment of eating disorders and body image within the college community.

Support Groups – MEDA’s support groups, called Connect to Recovery (CTR), are led by individuals who are supervised and trained by an LISCW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker), many of which are in recovery from and eating disorder or have higher training in the field.

November 1, 2012 - 10:37am

eating disorder resources and informationThe National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. - (ANAD): Since 1976, the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. has had a mission to prevent and alleviate the problems of eating disorders, specifically anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Their mission is to advocate for the development of healthy attitudes, bodies, and behaviors, and to promote eating disorder awareness, prevention and recovery through supporting, educating, and connecting individuals, families and professionals.

ANAD has a variety of resources that patients and families can chose from in order to gain valuable information about eating disorders, treatment, and recovery:

Support Groups – ANAD offers support group accreditation in every state and internationally, Rogers Memorial Hospital is accredited by ANAD for its eating disorders support groups in Milwaukee and Madison.

Online Forum – Being exposed to un-edited web content can be graphic, however, this is a great tool for people looking for the experiences of others who have had eating disorders and family members or friends with eating disorders.

Scientific and Medical Advisory Board – ANAD has corralled some of the top eating disorders physicians to assist in producing ANADS eating disorders studies and information including Rogers very own Dr. Theodore Weltzin, MD.

ANAD is also very active in issues relating to insurance coverage and has detailed information for people who have been denied coverage and provides information on how to appeal and coping with coverage issues.

ANAD continues to be a source of education, hope, and inspiration to those affected by eating disorders and even those that encourage real health in all people. ANAD is a beacon of hope that recovery is possible and wellness is attainable. As more and more people are affected by eating disorders, or disordered eating, this message is imperative.

October 31, 2012 - 10:32am

Eating disorders require treatment and there are thousands of people in the U.S. who have made it their life’s work to make treatment more effective, make recovery easier and readily available. There are very strong organizations related to the treatment and care of eating disorders that help patients and families not only find a path to recovery, but also resources to stay healthy and keep those who remain in recovery on the right path. This 5 part series will focus on some of the resources available to patients and families that help make a difference in the treatment of eating disorders:

National Eating Disorders Association – (NEDA):

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA campaigns for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. NEDA works with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance. NEDA has several programs that serve the public:

Helpline Services - Information & Referral HELPLINEresponds to many thousands of requests for help by phone, fax and email each year and is staffed by volunteers and professionals looking to assist those seeking answers.

Education and Prevention - NEDAwareness Week is a collective effort of mostly volunteers, including eating disorder professionals, health care providers, students, educators, social workers, and individuals committed to raising awareness of the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment. This event is national in scale and includes several regional and city-wide events that all work together.

Media and Legislative Advocacy - Toolkits are available for download on the NEDA website in book-form, which have a variety of information on issues surrounding eating disorders which can prove to be highly valuable for parents, educators, coaches, and anyone who can assist someone with an eating disorder.

Family and professional Conferences - NEDA is responsible for a national conference on eating disorders which attracts thousands of people from around the nation who desire to learn, advocate, treat, and assist patients and families. This conference offers CE events, Training, and networking opportunities.

Join us over the next several days to highlight other resources for individuals and families looking for information about eating disorders and recovery.

October 17, 2012 - 9:16am

In addition to abnormal eating and weight issues, people with eating disorders have an increased risk of developing other psychiatric illnesses. Studies show that depression occurs in up to 50 percent of people with eating disorders and appears to be strongly linked to the abnormal eating behavior. Depression is difficult to treat in someone with an eating disorder if his or her eating disorder is not treated at the same time. However, when the eating disorder is treated, 75 percent of the time depression symptoms improve as well.

Anxiety disorders also occur frequently in people with eating disorders. Anxiety about food and weight are characteristic of these illnesses, however, studies show that people with eating disorders have increased rates of social anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. As opposed to depression, anxiety disorders frequently predate the onset of the eating disorder and in that sense, may represent a trait for those who are at risk for developing an eating disorder.

October 16, 2012 - 1:45pm

The awareness of eating disorders in males is growing. The behavioral characteristics of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder in men are similar to those of women. Like women, males with anorexia will develop symptoms of weight loss and fear of weight gain. With bulimia and binge eating disorder men and women both develop binge eating symptoms with or without compensatory behavior to purge food. Again, like women, males with eating disorders also are at increased risk for depression, anxiety disorders and alcohol and substance abuse.

Important differences exist between males and females with eating disorders. Studies show that males are less likely to seek help for emotional problems in general, and this is true among those with an eating disorder. Because eating disorders are typically seen as “female problems,” males are often even more reluctant to seek help, often struggling for years before seeking aid. However, delaying treatment can reduce treatment effectiveness and increase the risk of depression and problems with school, work and relationships.

Males with eating disorders often do not want to simply lose weight; they tend to focus on developing a more muscular physical shape. Males with eating disorders typically become preoccupied with how muscular they are physically and a male’s eating disorder may begin with compulsive exercising in addition to dieting. Historically, males who participate in athletic activities with a high degree of emphasis on weight and shape, including wrestling and gymnastics have an increased risk of developing eating disorders.

Eating and body image problems in males do not always clearly fit into a specific category of eating disorders. Compulsive exercisers (in which exercise becomes like an addiction) will often become anxious if they cannot exercise. They tend to feel frustrated and believe they have “not exercised enough” rather than a sense of well-being following. This feeling prompts them to exercise, rather than spend time with family or friends. As a result individuals may see decreased work performance or damaged relationships.


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October 15, 2012 - 1:43pm

Eating disorders – including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder – affect as many as 5 million Americans every year. While eating disorders typically affect females, males make up as much as 25 percent the total population of people with eating disorders.

In the last decade, employers have had an increased awareness of the cost of mental illness in the workplace; eating disorders are no exception. Depression and irritability, which often accompany eating disorders, can lead to increased conflict at work. Treatment for eating disorders is widely available and highly successful if you recognize there is a problem and deal with it quickly.

Because of the destructive nature of the psychological and physical problems associated with eating disorders, these disorders can have a major impact on a person’s ability to function in the workplace. This creates challenges employers who have an employee with an eating disorder. Problems such as, tardiness, sick days and decreased productivity, due to employees engaging in abnormal eating behavior, can be signs of ongoing eating disorder symptoms or relapse in an eating disorder.

Denial and concealment of eating disorders symptoms occurs almost universally. Since most people are uniquely aware about the eating habits of their coworkers, it is not uncommon for co-workers to make observations about someone’s weight or eating habits. In the case of bulimia, employees may be caught binge eating or purging by co-workers. With improving employee assistance programs, it is not uncommon for employees to seek help from someone in the workplace as a first step in seeking recovery.

Directing an employee to an evaluation by a medical provider should be the first step to assure medical stability. The medical provider, often times in conjunction with an organization’s insurance plan, will then refer the patient to a psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders. This can be particularly difficult with males as fewer professionals have experience with male patients’ eating disorders.

An increased awareness of eating disorders and their treatment can assist employers in helping their staff receive effective treatment that can lead to recovery. For a majority of patients, treatment will greatly reduce medical and psychiatric risk for other problems, decrease risk in the work-place and improve employee productivity.


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October 12, 2012 - 11:08am
“Within each of us is a hidden store of courage, courage to give us the strength to face any challenge. Within each of us is a hidden store of determination…determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost.” ~Roger Dawson

A common illness, it touches the same amount of people each year as Alzheimer’s or heart disease. Half of all Americans personally know someone with it. And nearly 10-15% of those affected are men. It’s an eating disorder.

For almost twenty years, Rogers Memorial Hospital and our Eating Disorder professionals have worked with patients to provide personalized treatment plans. By focusing on physical, psychological, interpersonal and social issues, we inspire self-empowerment so each individual develops the courage and determination they need positively change their life.

We ask you to join us this week for our three part series entitled Uncovering Eating Disorders.

  • Part 1: A Silent Problem in the Workplace
  • Part 2: Males and Eating Disorders
  • Part 3: Eating Disorders, Depression and Anxiety

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October 2, 2012 - 10:48am

Rogers is integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy

At Rogers, we look to science to inform our treatment approach. Within the past few years, numerous research studies have shown that Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been an effective tool to help people with eating disorders challenge their patterns of thinking and behaviors that cause and maintain their eating disorder, such as restricting, binging, purging and self-harm.

Over the past year, clinical services manager Robyn Welk-Richards and the clinical team at the Eating Disorder Center at Rogers have integrated essential elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy into the center’s comprehensive treatment approach. “Our philosophy encourages self-empowerment, so that the individual’s recovery is a result of his or her own success. By incorporating a DBT-informed approach into our already well-established treatment program we have expanded our ability to help our residents discover their personal values system and self-worth, two things that an eating disorder often has taken away.”

“During their stay, residents receive DBT-informed care through a combination of educational assignments, process-focused and interactive skills-based groups that are woven into weekly themes,” states Welk-Richards. “They learn how to better identify and tolerate emotions and gain clearer understanding to what information these emotions are providing. Emotions convey important messages and information that, through these skills, we can learn how to interpret and use instead of avoiding." By working interactively with the clinical team, residents are able to develop and build their own crisis survival kit, “so that in the future, when they’re faced with a distressing situation in which hurting oneself seems like the only option, they discover healthy options and have them at their fingertips.”

Welk-Richards noted that the response from the Eating Disorder Center residents to the DBT-informed approach has been affirming. She was particularly pleased with the comments one 16-year-old resident made about mindfulness, which is considered one of the core concepts behind all the other DBT skills. “Mindfulness is a technique that I really struggled with at first – I actually laughed at it and didn’t believe it was important.” But then she shared that while at Rogers she had the time to practice this skill on a daily basis and reflected on just how powerful this tool can be. “I understand the purpose of mindfulness and I really think I will be able to use it when I go home and am feeling overwhelmed...I have found my voice again!”

Tags: eating disorder treatment, Dialectical Behavior Therapy

September 25, 2012 - 9:43am

Addiction affects not only the patient, but also the entire family. The clinicians at Roger’s believe in educating and supporting families to develop healthier, more satisfying ways to communicate. Michael Miller, MD, FASAM, FAPA, Medical Director of the Herrington Recovery Center, emphasizes that involving families during treatment helps them come to a shared understanding about the complex nature of addiction. “While I think it’s crucial for families to understand what the disease called addiction is, it’s equally important for them to understand what recovery is – not only for the person who has this illness, but also what recovery is for them as a family.”

At the Herrington Recovery Center, Ron Housseye, MA, LMFT, SAC-IT, a certified marriage and family therapist, coordinates family therapy sessions. “It’s important that both patients and family members are willing to get down to personal honesty and humility before recovery can take place. Through education, we help family and friends to learn more about the disease and the ways their actions impact the user. It’s also important that patients begin to understand how their disease affects those around them.”

As an adjunct to family therapy sessions, Housseye leads a Family and Friends Program on two Saturdays each month. “The program allows them to be a part of the treatment process, which is ideal. With the support and encouragement of family and friends, we’re hopeful that patients will get – and stay – on track with recovery.”

In Rogers’ day and evening treatment programs, family recovery is emphasized through education sessions and by connecting family members with community support groups like Al-Anon. “We talk about family recovery and what they need to do through Al-Anon family groups or Families Anonymous,” notes Beth Shaw, APSW, CSAC, the primary therapist for Chemical Dependency Services at Rogers’ Milwaukee location. “Making sure that the family understands addiction and knows how to provide support, without enabling the addiction, is an important piece of the puzzle as patients put their life back together.”

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