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
Summer may be in full swing but its never to early to start thinking about outpatient group opportunities for next season. The Fall Group Catalog is now available on The Emily Program’s website and will available at the front desks of our Twin Cities locations next week!
For the convenience of our clients, The Emily Program has added a new member to our scheduling staff - a live phone operator. It is our goal to provide the best service and support to our clients. We believe exceptional service starts with having a real-time conversation with staff upon calling The Emily Program.
Our Operator will help to better facilitate the flow of phone traffic coming into our office. We expect that most calls will be picked up by the operator, however, as this is a new process clients may occasionally reach our automated system if all lines are busy. We ask that clients and their families have patience as we work to get this new service up and running.
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Five new Yoga & Body Image groups will begin this month in The Emily Program’s St. Paul and St. Louis Park offices.Yoga & Meditation
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.
In 2008, Congress passed the The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act (MHPAEA) which requires health insurance companies to provide the same coverage for the treatment of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders as is covered for physical health problems – including reasonable co-pays and deductibles. This bill was signed into law by former president George W. Bush. Now, almost four years later, progress on the implementation of the bill has slowed.