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 Megan Haskins. Megan has completed intensive programming at The Emily Program and is a wife and mommy to triplets.
Who was I from the ages of 16-28 while in my eating disorder?
Who have I become these last three years?
Is the person I was before my eating disorder the same person I am now?
Articles tagged with: Eating Disorders
Over the past year, our Executive Team has put considerable time and thought into a set of incredibly important questions as we reflect on the ever-changing health care environment.
- Who are we?
- What do we do?
- Why do we do what we do?
- How do we measure and continue to improve what we do?
A hard truth is that a person struggling with an eating disorder is often blind to the illness. This is true particularly if that person has body image issues or body distortions, common symptoms of anorexia and bulimia. Therefore, it can be difficult to share what you are observing with your loved one.
Fall isn't just a time for pulling out your warm sweaters and crunching through the fallen leaves. It's the season of open enrollment, your annual chance to ask "Is my health insurance plan working for me?"
Figuring out your insurance options can be a complex process. Here are some tips for getting started:
Stacy joined The Emily Program as office manager in the summer of 2012. It was a natural fit for her because she enjoys helping others and wanted a position where she could be a part of something meaningful every day.
The image that comes to mind when many people think of an “eating disorder” (ED) is a young female with anorexia or bulimia. But in reality, there is a vast spectrum of ED diagnoses, behaviors, body types, and people who “fit the bill.” The narrow view of the disease that prevails in our society can be extremely harmful, as it often results in a treatable disease going unnoticed.
We recently asked people in recovery from an eating disorder to share their thoughts about the illness. We hope these insights from those who have "been there" help if you're seeking answers and understanding. A big thanks to everyone who contributed to this post and to all the supportive friends and family out there.
These are personal perspectives; 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.
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Amy Patefield joined The Emily Program in the fall of 2004. Previously, she worked in a hospital setting, but decided to take the leap to a smaller agency — The Emily Program only had 25 total employees at the time — and has never looked back.
We often hear this question from individuals and their families: “How ill do you have to be to necessitate eating disorder treatment?”
I have to admit, when I was first introduced to the concept of orthorexia, a condition characterized by an obsession with healthy eating and food quality, I thought, I definitely know some people who have this. From my mom who has rotated between every kind of alternative milk known to man (she's currently on flax milk), to my vegan friend who gives me a 30-minute rant on chard at least twice a week, health-conscious individuals who seem to fit the characteristics of this disease are everywhere. Point being: many people in this day and age are extremely conscious of what they put in their bodies, but as I quickly learned, it takes much more than a strong interest in healthy eating to classify someone as having orthorexia. So what is the difference between people with healthy habits and people who cross over into orthorexia?
Kelsey Thomas, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at our Seattle outpatient location, earned an outstanding preceptor award from the University of Washington for her work educating and supervising dietetic interns.
“To be selected for this award shows the success of my intern!” said Kelsey. “Teaching is one of my passions and I’m so proud I get the opportunity to be a preceptor so I can pass along the gift of my expertise and knowledge like my preceptors did when I was an intern.”
It takes a multidisciplinary team to treat eating disorders, and each member plays a vital role in getting clients on the road to recovery. That is why we’re highlighting the various roles within our care team in this blog series.
Dr. Mary Bretzman is one such team member. She serves as The Emily Program’s family physician in our Intensive Day Treatment program and residential program in St. Paul, MN, the Anna Westin House.
Personality traits are often studied in reference to eating disorders in an attempt to better understand the illness and its causes. Two traits that have received a great deal of attention in people with anorexia are impulsivity and compulsivity.
Insurance coverage is complicated. In this video, Dr. Jillian Lampert explains the best way to navigate your coverage for eating disorder care.