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Blog Archives: August 2015

Talking About Recovery

August 27, 2015. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
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    Lately, I've wondered what we mean when we talk about recovery. Some people use the term "recovered," others say "recovery," and yet others don't use either. When someone enters into treatment, either that person or their loved ones want to know our success rate. Of course, this presents the question, "Success as measured by what?" As a field, we are at a loss on this question.

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When it Comes to Exercise, Focus on Health

August 25, 2015.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Dana Rademacher, intern at The Emily Program

    We all know exercise is an important aspect for our overall health and well-being. One thing I love about exercise is that there are an infinite amount of types and styles, so everyone can find an activity that meets their lifestyle and needs. With swimming, walking, yoga, running, dancing, basketball, tennis, and everything in between, there is just about something for everyone. However, it can sometimes be hard to find the right motivations and to have the right mindset behind exercising.

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Clients' Thoughts About Recovery

August 18, 2015.
  • By Dr. Mark Warren and clients at TEP

    Recovery from an eating disorder is the clear goal of treatment, however, the scientific literature on clients' experience of recovery is often defined in different ways. In general, the literature tends to focus on re-feeding, growth curves, medical stability, and resolution of behaviors. At TEP we fully endorse that these are the first steps towards recovery and without them no discussion of recovery can take place. That being said, recovery from an eating disorder can have various meanings for those who suffer from these illnesses. In general, there are psychological, social, and identity issues that also change when someone describes themself as being in recovery. We feel it is important to talk to our clients and their families to gain understanding of what recovery means to them. With this in mind we had a conversation with clients about this issue. We asked them to answer the question "How do i know if I am in recovery?" Please find their responses below:

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The Practice of Yoga

August 13, 2015.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Liz Rognes, a former Emily Program client in recovery. She is a teacher, writer, and musician who lives in Spokane, WA.

    A few years ago, I dropped in to a yoga class in my neighborhood. I had not been to this class before, and I did not know the teacher, but the class was on a sliding scale fee and I was a graduate student, and I knew I loved the way that yoga can help me feel present in my body while also calming my mind. So I showed up right on time, unrolled my mat alongside the other yogis, and settled in to a comfortable child's pose, waiting for the teacher to arrive and for class to start. The moments before a class are my favorite; I can sink into a gentle stretch and let my body and mind begin to let go of the tension of the day.

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What does it mean if a program says they "do Dialectical Behavioral Therapy"?

August 11, 2015. Written by Mark Warren, M.D., Lucene Wisniewski, PhD
  • Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

    By Drs Lucene Wisniewski and Mark Warren

    Over the last 15 years Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) has gone from being virtually unknown to being a term utilized by many treatment programs. DBT is an evidence based therapy, initially designed for Borderline Personality Disorder, and more lately for other diagnoses including eating disorders (Wisniewski, L., Safer, D., & Chen, E.Y., 2007). With its increase in popularity among treatment providers it is important to be clear about what it means to "do DBT" so an individual knows if they're receiving evidence based care.

    Comprehensive DBT treatment, initially described by Marsha Linehan, has four components: Individual therapy, skills group, 7 day week phone consultation availability, and consultation team for therapists known as "therapy for therapists". Unless all four of these components are present, a program is not providing comprehensive DBT treatment. Additionally, in order for a therapist to be capable of providing DBT, a significant training process is generally required. This training process necessitates a therapist taking a non-judgmental stance, the ability to encourage motivation and commitment with their client, extensive knowledge and understanding of the DBT skills and therapeutic techniques, and the balance of accepting where a client is while moving them towards change.

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Complimentary Professional Eating Disorder CEU Events in Minnesota and Washington

August 06, 2015.
  • At The Emily Program, we enjoy sharing our knowledge of eating disorders with other community professionals. Over the coming weeks we will be holding two free CEU events for professionals who'd like to learn more about the treatment of eating disorders.

    More information about the Woodbury, MN and Lacey, WA events is available below. We hope you can join us. RSVP soon. Seating is limited.

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Eating Disorders Are Not A Teenage Phase

August 04, 2015.
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    Acknowledging the facts about eating disorders

    In the not so distant past, eating disorders weren't recognized by society - or even some medical professionals - as legitimate diseases. In fact, binge eating disorder wasn't added to the eating disorder portion of the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition) until 2013, despite being the most common eating disorder in the United States.

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