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Articles tagged with: Family

Creating an Identity Outside My Eating Disorder

October 19, 2017.
  • Family

    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?

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4 Way To Get Help for Your Loved One

October 10, 2017.
  • Marks Musings blog image

    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.

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What Parents and Teens Should Know About Eating Disorder Treatment

August 14, 2014.
  • By Christy Zender, MSW, LICSW, The Emily Program Site Manager, Woodbury & Toogood (Adolescent Outpatient Services, St. Paul)

    Let’s start with a quick analogy.

    Eating disorders and icebergs are more alike than one might think. Picture an iceberg floating in a vast ocean: You can only see the tip of the iceberg and have no idea of what is under the surface of the water. Most people look at an eating disorder the same way, only seeing what is on the outside, above the water. This generally represents the behavioral parts of an eating disorder – weight, size, shape, purging, excessive exercise, and so on – the things that you can see, measure, and quantify.

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Does Your Child or Loved One Have An Eating Disorder?

July 25, 2014.
  • Do you ever wonder if your child or loved one is struggling with an eating disorder? Is it “bad enough” to refer to a specialist? How can you support them during their eating disorder treatment? Eating disorders are serious, complex, and life-threatening conditions that require appropriate care and management by a team of professionals. These questions and more will be answered during this free session to help you understand of the multidimensional nature of eating disorders.

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F.E.A.S.T. Conference, January 31-February 1, 2014- Connecting the Dots:Expanding the Knowledge Base and Extending the Circle of Care to Fight Eating Disorders Parent Recap.

April 09, 2014.
  • Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

    By A CCED Parent

    I am a parent from CCED programming who attended the recent F.E.A.S.T. Caregiver Conference in Dallas, TX. I had such an amazing experience there, I felt the overwhelming need to let other CCED parents know about my trip. The decision to even attend was very difficult for me because of the expenses and travel costs. I was indecisive about spending so much money on travels for me rather than treatment for my daughter. The deciding factor was something our CCED clinician said to me about self-care being vital for the caregiver. Suddenly I was pointing and clicking because this trip was therapy and education for me.

    I attended the conference to support F.E.A.S.T. and A.T.D.T. because they have been helpful organizations for me. I wanted to hear the awesome speaker line-up in person. I wanted to share stories and information with other parents who are experiencing so many of the same struggles. The conference was very much worth attending because it was two solid days of expert clinicians speaking about ED related topics from all over the country. There was a wealth of information, support for parents and an opportunity for me to speak directly with the expert clinicians over breakfast in a relaxed setting. (Very therapeutic) I also was able to spend time talking to a mom and daughter team where the daughter is most recently recovered. This was both a supportive and tearful experience for me since my daughter and I so very much want to be sitting where that mom and daughter are sitting in recovery. I am sure I wasn't the only parent thinking such thoughts.

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What makes FBT most effective?

November 04, 2013. 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

    For several years it's been clear that Family Based Therapy (FBT) has the most evidence based support for its effectiveness with recovery rates in the 50-60% range for adolescents with anorexia who have been ill for less than three years. This number is two to three times better than other therapies for this patient population. Having said that, this still means there are a significant number of adolescents who are not recovering through traditional FBT. A recent study highlights behaviors during the family meal that appear to predict when FBT is most likely to be effective. As FBT is the core of how we treat adolescents at CCED, we are particularly interested in this research. This may be significant for adolescents and families for whom FBT may be quite effective but need greater support around parental empowerment, setting contingencies, managing meals and other mechanisms that may improve their rates of recovery. This article will hopefully be part of a new wave of interest in ways to make this evidence based therapy even more effective for more patients.

    Contributions by Sarah Emerman

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Parent Conversations and Adolescent Disordered Eating Behaviors

July 26, 2013. Read more

What might Family Based Treatment suggest about treatment for adults with eating disorders?

February 19, 2013. 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

    In the field of eating disorders, multiple studies have shown that Family Based Treatment (FBT) is the most effective method available to achieve successful weight restoration and maintenance after treatment is completed. Unfortunately, specific treatments for adults have not been shown to have the same long term benefits as FBT. Clearly there are many variables involved in this data, however there are elements to FBT that may point us to a better understanding of what happens for adults.

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Developing Adolescent Services

March 31, 2011.
  • Renovations have begun at The Emily Program’s newest location. The Emily Program bought the 18,000 sq. ft. Toogood building in 2010, it will become the adolescent residential services facility. The facility will include living quarters with five bedrooms, group counseling and exam rooms, and staff offices. The project is expected to be completed in July 2011.

    Toogood NE corner

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