Posts Tagged ‘Washington’

Heart Rates and Eating Disorders

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By Dr. Mark Warren, chief medical officer at The Emily Program

One area that is a constant concern with those with eating disorders has to do with heart rate, in particular, low heart rate. This issue is generally observed at low body weight but can happen anytime there has been a significant amount of weight loss. In general, as one loses weight one loses muscle mass. With the loss of muscle mass there may be loss of heart mass as the heart is a muscle.

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Family-Based Therapy (FBT) Family Meals

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By Lucene Wisniewski, chief clinical officer

“How do Parents of Adolescent Patients with Anorexia Nervosa Interact with their Child at Mealtimes? A study of Parental Strategies used in the Family Meal Session of FBT.” International Journal of Eating Disorders, vol 48, issue 1, p. 72-80 White, Haycraft, Madden, Rhodes, Miskovic-Wheatley, Wallis, Kohn & Meyer (2015)

This recent study examined the types of parental mealtime strategies used during a family meal session of Family-Based Therapy (FBT). Researchers studied 21 families with children between the ages of 12 to 18 who were receiving FBT for anorexia nervosa. They also were interested in the emotional tone of the meal, as well as the parents’ ability to get their child to eat.

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Eating Disorder Awareness Month 2015

February marks our chance to amplify the work we do throughout the year. We have the unique opportunity to partner with colleges, universities, and other community members who also want to build awareness around eating disorders.

This month our staff will be working coast-to-coast to discuss eating disorders and their devastating effects on individuals, families, and communities. And to let people know that recovery is possible.

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Lilac Lodging Opens in Spokane, WA

We are excited to announce the opening of Lilac Lodging in Spokane, WA on October 27! Lilac Lodging is for women ages 18+ who do not live within driving distance of Spokane, but need to participate in our partial hospitalization program. Lilac Lodging allows guests to stay in a comfortable, safe and supportive setting near our Spokane location while working on their recovery.

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What it Means to be a Supporter

By Sarah Hrudka, Outreach Specialist at The Emily Program

I remember the terror and anxiety that ran through my veins prior to confronting my friends about their eating disorder(s), because I was so unsure of how they might react. But I once heard the quote, albeit a bit cheesy perhaps, that “I would rather have a mad friend than a dead friend.” Not that I had enough power as a single human to save their life and well-being per se, but instead holding steadfast to the notion that I had enough of a voice to help, because I would rather say “I tried” instead of “I should’ve.”

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Celebrating One Year in Spokane

By Krista Kubiak Crotty, C.E.D.S., L.M.F.T., Psy.D. and The Emily Program – Spokane Site Manager

Last June we excitedly opened the doors to The Emily Program – Spokane. On the first day, we gathered in the entry way of the building and walked into the office together. One team. United by a passion for helping individuals recover from eating disorders. One year ago there were 8 staff, 6 clinical and 2 administrative. Today there are 22. Still united, and more passionate than ever to help individuals find recovery.

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