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Rogers is a comprehensive psychiatric hospital, nationally recognized for specialty residential treatment programs for eating disorders, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders for children, teens and adults.

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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.”

August 31, 2012 - 12:47pm

The observance of National Recovery Month, according to SAMHSA(Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible.

By: Cindy Suzek – Clinical Services Manager of the Herrington Recovery Center

Addiction is classified as an illness and most people who don’t understand treatment for addiction also don’t realize that. The definition of addiction is as follows:
*Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

Recovery is generally a life-long process which people who are experiencing recovery will tell you that it usually starts with a realization that this disease has taken over the thought process of the addicted person. At Rogers’ Herrington Recovery Center, the Herrington team shares the clinical expectations for those in their care and demonstrated gains for residents from admission to discharge. The graphic shows the criteria for care so that the expectations of the treatment team and patient are clearly defined throughout the treatment process. At Rogers we are dedicated to recovery and exist to assist the individuals and families in our care in achieving it.

*Definition according to ASAM(American Society of Addiction Medicine)

June 14, 2012 - 2:37pm

One of the benefits of residential treatment for eating disorders is the structure and support that is built in to every activity, including meal and snack times. Sarah Biskobing, RD, CD, a dietitian at Rogers Memorial Hospital’s Eating Disorder Center, said that these times can be one of the most anxiety provoking parts of a patient’s day. As a result, there is always a treatment team member available to support them as they learn to adapt to normal eating habits.

Sarah says that her job at Rogers is to create a meal plan for each patient based on their individual nutritional needs. During a typical eating disorder treatment stay at the Eating Disorder Center, the patients learn what appropriate serving sizes are within each of the food groups and how to include a variety of foods into their meal plan. “Balance is the key,” Sarah said. “There isn’t one perfect food that will keep you healthy. Rather it is balance, variety, and portion size within each food group that keeps us healthy and nourished.”

Patients get the support they need

Sarah’s job includes teaching the patients what a normal plate of food looks like for their individual nutritional needs. It also includes working through foods that are anxiety provoking and often times a trigger for some kind of eating disorder behavior. These foods are commonly referred to as “fear foods.” Nutritional challenges to address these fear foods occur consistently throughout the patient’s stay. The constant one-on-one support from a treatment team member is vital in helping the patients work through these needed food challenges.

Sarah explained that it’s hard for patients to focus on enjoying time together when eating because they can become entwined in their thoughts about the foods that have been placed before them. For many, when their eating disordered behaviors take hold, they can think about little else outside of the calorie content of the foods. “Sometimes, we can actually see it on their faces when they’re having trouble,” Sarah said. “Our job as a treatment team is to help them challenge their eating disorder thoughts that hold them hostage. Sometimes, they might just need us to encourage them to take the next bite and help them talk through the issues that might be affecting them.”

Treatment plan includes real world experiences

Aside from mealtimes and snacks that occur within the Eating Disorder Center, the dietary department regularly implements several real world experiences in which food plays a primary role. At least monthly, the patients are taken out to eat at a local restaurant where they practice estimating their meal plans outside of the safe environment of the Eating Disorder Center. “My goal is to teach patients that eating out doesn’t automatically equate to weight gain. It is possible to fit any type of food into a meal plan. It is also possible to begin to enjoy food, as well as the social experience that often surrounds it,” Sarah said.

A Life Skills group is also implemented regularly for patients who need assistance and guidance in the areas of menu planning, grocery shopping, and cooking. Sarah said that members of the treatment team are always trying to implement individualized challenges whenever possible. Food challenges may be incorporated into meals and snacks, family outings and may address concerns related to the use of normal serving utensils in the dining room.

Breaking out of eating disorder behaviors

Sarah said that she wants to make sure the patients are breaking out of their old behaviors and viewing mealtimes as an enjoyable part of their day. “For the most part, my goal is for the patients to learn that food isn’t the enemy.”

May 9, 2012 - 8:40am

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) will be in the spotlight at the 19th annual conference of the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF) being held July 27-29 in Chicago this year. At Rogers, preparations are underway as more than two dozen staff members from Rogers will be speaking, volunteering, leading activities and sharing the latest information about OCD and OCD treatment.

The IOCDF annual conference is unique because it brings together a wide range of people who are personally and professionally connected to OCD. From clinical leadership from across the country to people who have just learned their OCD diagnosis, there are multiple opportunities for learning, sharing and overcoming the challenges of OCD. Professionals and experts in the field of OCD treatment will be providing support and information for attendees, in addition to activities to address the thoughts and behaviors of OCD.

Early bird registration for the conference continues through July 13. If you would like to attend the conference, visit ocfoundation.org to register.

May 7, 2012 - 10:58am

To raise awareness about the importance of effective treatment for mental health disorders, members of the clinical staff at Rogers will once again be speaking to various school and parent groups throughout southeastern Wisconsin as part of the Speak Up for Kids! campaign during National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, May 6-12.

This year’s speakers will share information about identifying and treating ADHD in kids. Speakers include the clinical director of our child and adolescent day treatment program and two child and adolescent psychiatrists from our inpatient programs. These programs, along with our residential programs for children and teens, give kids the tools they need to help manage their mental health and enjoy life as a kid again.

Mental Health month helps address issues of stigma

With millions of children affected directly by mental illness, Mental Health Month and National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week provide important opportunities to raise awareness and address the stigma associated with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. The treatment teams at Rogers continue to be active within our local communities and across the nation, raising awareness about the importance of mental health and the different types of effective treatments that are available.

Rogers provides a variety of treatment options to help children and teens with a wide range of mental health symptoms and diagnoses, including residential treatment, day treatment and specialized partial hospitalization and inpatient stabilization. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is used to address the thoughts and behaviors commonly found in anxiety disorders and other mood disorders.

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