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Blog Archives: August 2012

4 Reasons Why You May Not Be Getting Evidenced Based Care

August 31, 2012. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
  • Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

    By Dr. Mark Warren

    Every year our understanding of the brain and eating disorders improves. However, there are still a limited number of truly evidence based treatment for our patients. The search for evidence based care may feel overwhelming and sometimes futile. Unfortunately, moving in the direction of care that is not evidence based reduces the likelihood that clients will achieve recovery. There are several reasons why providers may offer care not based on the literature or published data:

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Duluth and Seattle, We Want Your Feedback!

August 31, 2012.
  • Survey thumb10Each year our clients have the opportunity to share their thoughts and recommendations with The Emily Program. Throughout the summer we have conducted location specific Client Satisfaction Surveys in St. Louis Park/Burnsville and St. Paul/Stillwater. Collecting feedback in this way helps us continue to develop programming and enhance client experience at each of our locations.

    This month, we are hosting a Client Satisfaction Survey for clients of our Duluth and Seattle offices. Clients who participate have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card!

    To take the survey, visit one of the links below.

    Seattle, WA client survey

    Duluth, MN client survey

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August 29, 2012.
  • Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

    This haiku was written by a client at CCED. He shares it in hopes that it will inspire others.

    A better hope

    gentle wind as a peace

    another sunrise

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Getting Ready For Fall With New Outpatient Groups

August 24, 2012.
  • Recovery is not always an easy process and for many, participating in group therapies can be a great way to connect with others and find friendship on the path to recovery. Our groups provide support and understanding, in a safe and non-judgmental environment, which is why we are so excited to be offering a number of new opportunities for the fall. Take a look at a few of the new adult group programs that will be available this September:

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What Do We Mean By Causation?

August 22, 2012. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
  • Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

    By Dr. Mark Warren

    Often times while in treatment clients wonder how and why their eating disorder developed. The common question "What caused my eating disorder?" is very complicated because it pulls from so many ideas, understandings, conceptions, and misconceptions about the importance of causation, the implication of causation, and the definition of what causation means. Before we deal with the notion of causation itself, it is crucial to point out there is no evidence that knowing causation leads to cure, and no current evidence that knowing cause provides an avenue to change the treatment that we do. Having said that, virtually all clients and families want to know why they have an eating disorder. We believe, and research has indicated, that there are biological factors that predispose an individual to the illness and environmental factors then influence the manifestation of the disorder. This mirrors most psychological illnesses. When you have a treatment that is purely biological for an illness it moves someone towards recovery, but usually they do not feel better until they have re-established the quality of life they had before the illness. This often means a re-establishment of social contacts, work, school, and the ability to experience personal growth, change, pleasure and happiness. So we are careful not to say that the lack of these things are the causes of the illness, even though attaining them may be a core part of the recovery process. The experience of cure does not need to flow directly from the notion of causation. We know that nourishment and cessation of behaviors is a prerequisite to getting better, and we also know that after stabilization of symptoms there is still much work to do. Our current understanding is that the work left to do is not due to underlying things that caused the illness, but rather issues that may persist after refeeding, issues of body image, negative self talk and shame, and the ability to experience oneself as whole and healthy.

    Contributions by Sarah Emerman

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‘All Things COE’ for the Fall Season

August 09, 2012.
  • All Things COE is a group therapy option for clients at The Emily Program with Compulsive Overeating (COE) and Binge-Eating Disorder (BED) diagnoses. This ongoing group is designed to connect COE/BED clients with others and provide additional support and education around topics that affect those with COE/BED and their loved ones.

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Fall Yoga Groups

August 03, 2012.
  • Intakes will be held with month at The Emily Program’s St. Paul and St. Louis Park offices for five new Yoga & Body Image groups that will be held this fall.

    In many instances eating disorders and body image issues are intimately linked. For many people who have an eating disorder, anxiety, worry, and pre-occupation with body image are also a part of their struggle. Recognizing this link and working on one’s body image can play a critical role in recovery from an eating disorder.

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Biology and Eating Disorders

August 01, 2012. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
  • Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

    By Mark Warren, MD

    The book Eating Disorders and the Brain edited by Drs Lask and Frampton continues to be an extraordinarily important book to understanding the etiology of eating disorders. Given our current knowledge, we often say that eating disorders are biologically based. Yet, this is somewhat of a two-dimensional statement as eating disorders are experienced as complex and multi factorial. A large number of factors seem to be interacting when someone presents with an eating disorder. These include genes, early attachment, personality issues, cultural issues, cultural norms, peer relationships, sensitivity, and on and on. Current biological work is beginning to show us is that many of these factors may in fact be related to one and other. The complex development of the eating disorder can be understood as the product of a specific genetic profile that develops in a specific individual under specific circumstances. Rigidity, perfectionism, skillfulness, and skill deficits, that are often seen in individuals with the illness are often mislabeled as "causes" when they are in fact part and parcel of the same developmental picture that may ultimately result in an eating disorder. With continued research of the brain, we are closer to understanding this complexity in terms of a specific biology that causes multiple expressions and can ultimately understood and treated through development and improvement of structures within the brain.

    Contributions by Sarah Emerman

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