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Blog Archives: October 2014

Motivating Through Music

October 30, 2014.
  • We've put together our third #TEPMusicMonday playlist. We hope that these songs lift you up and help you continue moving forward on your journey to recovery.

    There's something special about music and how each song resonates with everyone in different ways. These songs have been shared over the past couple months on The Emily Program Facebook page – we call it #TEPMusicMonday. We like to start the week on the right note (pun intended) and hope you enjoy the music we share. Follow us on Facebook to enjoy our weekly selection.

    If you have music suggestions, please share them with us! Email your suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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“Ask Emily” Navigating the Holidays

October 28, 2014.
  • As Halloween approaches, many of us begin preparing for the impending holidays that follow. The holiday season is full of parties, social gatherings, and visits family and friends. Since it all occurs within just a couple short months, this can be stressful. And adding this stress on top of any struggles with an eating disorder, the holidays can become anything  but joyous.

    In this "Ask Emily", Dr. Jillian Lampert offers some advice on how you can keep moving forward with recovery and manage some of the stress this season brings.

    If you have a question, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Eating Disorders Coalition’s Lobby Days Roundup

October 24, 2014.
  • Earlier this month, a few of us from The Emily Program – Cleveland headed down to our nation's capital to participate in this year's Eating Disorder Coalition's National Fall Lobby Days. It sure was an exciting day for all of us in the eating disorder world.

    We would like to thank all of you who joined us in representing Ohio and making our voices heard! It's the most important advocacy event to influence policy on eating disorders in Congress.

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5 Ways to Reduce Stress

October 23, 2014. Written by Katie Teresi
  • No matter who we are, we’re all going to encounter stress throughout our lifetimes. Work, school, busy schedules…sometimes it seems impossible to escape.

    While some stress can be good, being exposed to too much of it for prolonged periods of time can make people turn to unhealthy coping strategies. Withdrawing from friends and family, over- or under-sleeping, and relying on drugs and alcohol are examples of harmful ways to deal with stress. Another common method of managing high stress levels is eating too much or too little – a method that may provide short-term comfort, but can lead to serious long-term effects like eating disorders.

    Learning to manage stress in a healthy and positive way can help to avoid negative coping techniques.

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“Ask Emily” My Teenager is Becoming a Picky Eater

October 16, 2014.
  • People of any age can go through phases of specific foods that are more appealing to their palate. When this occurs in adolescence it can become a concern to parents – worry can begin around whether or not your child is developing or has developed an eating disorder.

    In this “Ask Emily”, Dr. Jillian Lampert talks about how to approach your adolescent and what to do if you believe disordered eating or an eating disorder is possible.

    If you have a question you’d like answered, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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I Choose To Be Happy

October 14, 2014.
  • 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 Tiffany Hammer, Outreach Specialist at The Emily Program

    Recently I encountered a discussion about a group that a provider facilitated where they tried to talk about the reflection topic "I choose to be happy". The provider mentioned that it was a difficult topic to elicit group participation. Hearing this, I wasn't surprised. That affirmation can be intimidating. Yet it taught me the power of choice and who I want to be.

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TEP – Cleveland patient recovers from eating disorder, vows to give back

October 10, 2014.
  • A recent article on Cleveland.com reports on varsity volleyball player Veronica Gehring who was diagnosed with anorexia during her junior season. It began with an obsession to "become faster on the court and a stronger volleyball player," she said.

    But soon she was exercising upwards of four times per day and barely eating anything at all. At times, she'd purge everything if she felt she ate too much.

    After looking to the The Emily Program – Cleveland for help, she was soon hospitalized with a heart rate of 28 beats per minute during the day, falling to 17 beats per minute while sleeping. She was refed in the hospital and later released. The following months were a whirlwind of doctor visits and checkups, but she found herself on the road to recovery.

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Butterfly Love

October 09, 2014.
  • 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.

    Alexandra Butterfly love  PastedGraphic-1By Alexandra Miles, a former Emily Program client in recovery

    As I feel the intense heat of change, transformation, and growth within my inner workings, the land reminds me of my greater purpose and the greater whole. As I watch the summer flowers wither away and the birds flying south, I am reminded of my own rhythms and I start to remember why I am here.

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The Best Tool Treatment Gave Me

October 07, 2014.
  • 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 Cami Applequist, a former client in recovery

    Most people who know me will tell you that I’m funny. I have always been funny. I always assumed I was funny because that was my role as the fat person in the group.

    Now I know that I am funny simply because I am funny. And also because I have had a lot of training. In the process of therapy and recovery I discovered that I used humor and laughter to disguise difficult emotions.

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Dr. Bhatnagar Gets Maudsley FBT Certified!

October 03, 2014.
  • Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

    For several years, Maudsley Family Based Therapy (FBT) has been shown to have the most scientifically based support for its effectiveness. In fact, recovery rates are in the 50 to 70 percent range for adolescents with anorexia. This number is two to three times better than other therapies for this patient population.

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Purging Disorder: The Basics

October 02, 2014.
  • The following post was written by K. Jean Forney, M.S., a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Florida State University. Her interest lies in research for purging disorder. You can read more about her and her research here.

    Within the realm of eating disorders there are so many varying factors and potential risks for those who struggle. Research-based treatment can help people get better and live full, healthy lives. In addition, it’s important for us, as a general population, to understand that eating disorders, no matter the exact diagnosis, are incredibly dangerous. They are not a choice and they affect over 14 million people in the United States.

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