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No escaping the eating: improving quality of life in anorexia

Last year, I wrote about a new study that looked at how to get people with long-term anorexia (aka, severe and enduring anorexia nervosa, SE-AN) to stay in treatment. It’s been a thorny problem in the field of eating disorders, because treatment drop-out is a big problem, both in research and in clinical practice. Whether […]

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In praise of the difficult patients

When I was being treated for my eating disorder, I was a pain in the ass. I say this not with shame and loathing or as a badge of pride. I was a pain; that’s pretty much a fact. I lied, I cheated, I stayed silent when I should have talked and talked when I […]

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The treatment variables that affect long-term recovery

The basic goals of eating disorder treatment are to reduce or eliminate ED symptoms, address co-morbid disorders, and improve quality of life. When researchers study these treatment in clinical trials, they generally focus on the first issue and seek to ask whether this treatment reduces ED symptoms. It’s not a bad goal for an ED […]

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Baby makes four: When mothers have eating disorders

According to most mainstream media articles and more than a century of psychological research, eating disorders are the near-exclusive purview of young teenage girls. But what happens when that girl grows up? We know now that eating disorders can follow sufferers through college, young adulthood, and into partnerships, marriage, and pregnancy. As much as we […]

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Anxiety, anorexia, and estrogen: Interpret the links with care

Some research that’s been making the rounds online, as well as on Twitter and Facebook, is the reports of a recent finding that showed an estrogen patch decreases anxiety in AN. It sounds great on the surface: anxiety is a big factor in the development and prepetuation of anorexia, so finding something that would decrease […]

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Re-thinking mindfulness during mealtimes in ED treatment

In psychology, mindfulness is a really hot topic. It’s everywhere, and plenty of research is showing that it can be helpful in managing anxiety, depression, and many of the other woes of modern living. Not surprisingly, mindfulness has also become extremely popular in the eating disorder field. We need to learn how to “be in […]

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Why I don’t believe my insurance company cares about me

I recently did a guest blog for Kantor & Kantor about insurance barriers to ED treatment. It’s something I know a little a lot about. I wrote this piece for them, and I’m re-sharing it here. Happy reading!   A few years ago, I received a postcard in the mail from my health insurance company. […]

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Treating Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa–Finally, a bit of hope?

In March, I attended the London International Eating Disorders Conference. This past weekend, I finally organized the last of my papers from the conference (After the conference, I was on vacation and then at a journalism fellowship, so I wasn’t home to do any organizing, hence the long delay) and found some notes I took […]

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Good things don’t come for those who are waitlisted: The true damage of long wait lists on ED recovery

Asking for help for an eating disorder, whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, often requires you so screw your courage to the sticking place. For one, there’s stigma. For another, there’s the fear of stopping ED behaviors and of what treatment will bring. Not to mention the other worries associated with discussing some […]

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One of these things is like the other: Comparisons between treatment-seeking adolescents and clinical trial participants

One of the cornerstones of ED research–of pretty much all medical research, when you get right down to it–is the clinical trial. You take a group of people with a particular illness, give half of them the treatment and give the other half a placebo or no treatment at all. Then, you compare them. Did […]

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