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The Progressive Nature of an Eating Disorder

Eating Disorder Treatment

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By Libby Neal, MA, LPC

Eating disorders are more fluid than fixed. It seems the course of an eating disorder is progressive in nature, changing in severity over time. Eating disorder professionals who have worked long enough with one person will see the type of behaviors move from one end of the spectrum to another.

One example of the ever-changing nature of an eating disorder would be when a person starts with restricting calories then moves into purging food. Once the person realizes they can eliminate their calories while still consuming food, they may turn to purging calories with laxatives or vomiting. This could take a few years, and it is often the reason eating disorders seem to “sneak” up on family members and loved ones.

Parents often say that the eating disorder just showed up one day when, “all of a sudden my loved one was very sick and had an eating disorder.” The progressive nature of an eating disorder is subtle and easy to attribute to developmental expectations or adolescent quirks. Some of the natural personality tendencies are enhanced. It is easy enough to hide calorie consumption for fairly long periods of time, through meal-time manipulation, clothing selection and food avoidance. Parents seem quickly to notice the activities associated with binging or purging of foods.

Parents may not think much about a child who is an introvert staying in their room longer, or a child who tends towards dark humor becoming more interested in vampire books, or a child who is interested in cooking now reads recipe books yet never eats the recipes.

And while the eating disorder is evolving, it makes sense that the personality of the child is also changing. Perhaps the child’s demeanor has become edgier, angrier or confrontational. This can be intimidating for parents who wonder how to help, but instead take the high road in hopes of it “going away.”

So, if an eating disorder is progressive, it seems possible to encourage the good side of the developing habits that may turn from disordered eating into an eating disorder. Could it be that parents and loved ones can forge the positive side of these interests so they can become more involved with family and friends rather than feeling like an outsider?

Certainly it is not the parents fault if a loved one is developing an eating disorder, nor does this suggest an eating disorder is “stopped” by looking at the positive side of new habits, but it seems that we, as loved ones, can make subtle interventions along the way. This may encourage a progression into health rather than a disorder.

Here is a list of ways to incorporate interests that later improve the eating disorder:

  • Encourage social time with the family
  • Find the time for one on one with a loved one
  • Allow for alone time but encourage quiet time around the family
  • Read recipes together
  • Shop for meals together
  • Cook new meals together
  • Create old favorite meals together
  • Create a schedule in the house so meals and activities are predictable
  • Take leisure walks together, maybe in the park and with the dog
  • Go clothes shopping together, encourage positive body image
  • Attend your child’s sports activities
  • Learn about their favorite subjects at school
  • Offer help for subjects that are hard for them
  • Go to church together
  • Offer to take them to appointments
  • Help with ideas for proms, homecoming or questions about dating
  • Recognizing increased negative changes in their child’s demeanor or habits.

Parents may feel overwhelmed by all their responsibilities in life, and their loved one may say they are fine; however, it is important to remain open to “gut” instincts and to continue an open dialogue concerning how their loved one is “progressing.” An eating disorder is not “contagious” so the parent does not necessarily make it worse by talking with their loved one about it. Remain open, curious and supportive all while looking to outside professionals if you find too many indicators of an eating disorder.

About the Author

Libby Neal, MA, LPC, is in private practice on the western slope of Colorado. Specializing in eating disorders and trauma, Libby utilizes psychodynamic therapy, evidence-based practices, equine assisted therapy and art therapy. Libby has fifteen years of experience with eating disorders working as a clinician, administrator and educator.

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Remuda Ranch at The Meadows Announces New Executive Staff

Remuda Ranch at The Meadows Announces New Executive Staff

Meadows Behavioral Healthcare announced today that its specialty program, Remuda Ranch at The Meadows, a comprehensive treatment center specializing in eating and co-occurring disorders for women and girls, has appointed Mike Gurr, MS, MA, LPC, CDWF, Executive Director and Tanja Haaland, MA, LCPC, Clinical Director over the inpatient and residential programs.

WICKENBURG, ARIZ. JANUARY 26, 2018

Gurr joined Remuda Ranch at The Meadows in 2015, where he has functioned in various capacities, including Director of Family Services and Clinical Director. Previously, he spent 13 years in an executive level position with Copper Canyon Academy/Sedona Sky Academy, a residential treatment center for girls, where he developed clinical and workshop programming for over 2,000 students and their families from around the world. He received a master’s degree from the University of Utah in exercise and sports science, with an emphasis in sports psychology. He then went on to receive another master’s degree from Argosy University, Phoenix in professional counseling. Gurr’s experience includes working with marriage, family, adolescents, and elite athletes in private practice. He is a sought-after speaker on eating disorders, anxiety, relationships, parenting, and family systems work. Gurr has also appeared on CBS’ talk show The Doctors as an eating disorder expert.

“Mike has proven himself to be a tremendous contributor to our eating disorder program in a variety of areas,” said Sean Walsh, CEO of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. “His extensive experience and total wellness approach to behavioral health will benefit our patients as we continue to enhance our programming to incorporate more trauma theory and brain level interventions.”

Haaland comes to Remuda Ranch at The Meadows with more than 11 years of experience in the field of behavioral health. Most recently, she was in private practice as a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and trauma. She also has previous experience as the former Program Director of Eating Disorder Center of Kansas City. She is a national speaker and consultant on the treatment of eating disorders and trauma. Haaland received her undergraduate degree and Master of Arts in community counseling from the University of South Dakota.

“Remuda Ranch at The Meadows is very fortunate to have Tanja join our team,” said Walsh. “Tanja’s wealth of knowledge in the treatment of eating disorders and trauma, along with her leadership experience, will benefit our patients struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and co-occurring disorders.”

“I appreciate the confidence of Sean and the Meadows Behavioral Healthcare organization. Remuda Ranch has a solid treatment approach, a beautiful campus, and an incredible, caring staff, and I am committed to its continued growth and development to best support our patients and their families,” said Gurr. “I look forward to working closely with Tanja on a multitude of levels, with a focus on giving hope and healing to the women and young girls who come to us seeking recovery of their eating disorders.”

Remuda Ranch at The Meadows is an industry leader in treating eating and co-occurring disorders for women and girls through its inpatient, residential, and partial-care programs. To learn more about Remuda Ranch at The Meadows’ work, contact an intake coordinator at 866-331-5926

Since 1990, Remuda Ranch at The Meadows has been a leading eating disorder and co-occurring treatment center. In that time, over 10,000 women and girls have trusted their care to Remuda Ranch at The Meadows . Through its approach and clinical excellence, individualized treatment is offered by a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, primary care providers, registered dietitians, therapists, psychologists, and registered nurses that provide assistance and support 24 hours a day. Along with treating eating disorders, Remuda Ranch at The Meadows addresses co-occurring issues, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and trauma. Remuda Ranch was acquired by The Meadows in 2012 and is accredited by The Joint Commission.

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How to Create Your Own Meditation Space in Your Home

How to Create Your Own Meditation Space in Your Home

Recharging your body and mind, improving your focus and boosting clarity are all great reasons to meditate – but what if you could improve on what you’re already doing?

What if you could create the perfect meditation space in your home?

Carving out a private enclave for meditation doesn’t have to be tough, whether you’re living in a studio-sized condo or a spacious estate with a dozen spare rooms you’ve never used. With a few simple tips, you can transform any space into a private nook where you can disconnect from daily stresses, internal dialogue and negative experiences.

What is a Meditation Space?

A meditation space is a sacred spot where you can release stress, find serenity and center yourself. Sacred doesn’t necessarily mean religious or spiritual; in this context, it means you only use the area for meditation, yoga, rest or stillness. It’s your own personal retreat within your home, and you can designate a corner, a partitioned space, or even an entire room to it as long as you feel good about your choice.

Exceptional Spots for a Meditation Space in Any Home

This is your space, so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all spot that works for everyone. Ideally, you’ll be able to walk through each room in your home and narrow down your choices to rooms you absolutely love – those that make you smile, relax you, and give you a sense of peace. As you search for your perfect meditation space, be mindful that:

• Facing a southeast corner will bathe you in early morning light, which may be perfect for dawn meditation.
• Facing a northwest corner will let you bask in the sun’s waning rays, which could be ideal if you’re an evening meditator.
• Facing due east emulates Buddha, who sat beneath the Bodhi tree and meditated directly toward the early morning sun.

Where to Meditate in a Small Home

If you don’t have much room to spare, a terrace, patio or corner of a room in a condo or townhouse might be the perfect spot to set up your meditation space. Add a privacy screen or hang billowing curtains from a single point on the ceiling to shut out the world while you connect with your inner self, or clear out a closet for instant (and expense-free) privacy. Although it’s tough to find spare square footage in a condo, apartment or studio, you can make extra room by:

• Swapping out your sofa for comfy chairs
• Installing a loft bed in a room with high enough ceilings
• Storing non-essential accessories and furnishings rather than trying to cram them all into your space
• Using wall cabinets rather than freestanding bookshelves in your décor

Where to Meditate in a More Spacious Home

Create your private paradise in a quiet corner, in an enclosed room or the garden to find your inner peace. One of the keys to successful meditation is carving out a distraction-free environment where you can get comfortable.

Spots to Avoid

Steer clear of high-traffic areas or those where distractions are likely to pull you off the path to Nirvana. Try to avoid the kitchen, the living room or anywhere too close to a lavatory, the front door or a space that faces a street. Your home office may drag your mind toward work, and a place that makes you want to nap rather than meditate (like your bedroom) might be a little too relaxing.

Meditation Room Ideas

The more peaceful, relaxing and beautiful your meditation room is, the more time you’ll want to spend there. You’ll feel it pulling you in before you start your day, each time you need a break and when you wind down for the night.

The Perfect Room Décor in a Meditation Space

Designing your Zen meditation space for self-help and personal development requires you stick to a few principles:

• Keep your space clean and clutter-free.
• Only include items you love and that contribute to your happiness and peace.
• Add natural elements where possible, such as living plants and stones.

The Bare Essentials

You don’t have to dedicate an entire room and a month’s salary to creating your meditation space. The simplest – and sometimes most effective – meditation spaces feature only the bare essentials, such as:

• Meditation cushions or a soft spot to sit
• Natural light
• Something with personal significance, like bells, crystals or affirmation stones
• Fresh air

If you can, spring for a serene color palette in the room. Neutrals, which are the most popular (think earth tones and off-whites), are what you’ll find in monasteries and professionally designed meditation spaces, but here’s where you can make it interesting. Dark colors make a room feel smaller, which is ideal if you want to feel enveloped in your space, and pastels lend an airy, open feeling to any room, which could be perfect if you prefer a sense of freedom while you meditate. Bright, glossy white that produces glare is generally off-limits, though, because it’s too harsh for the serene environment you’re trying to create.
Pro tip: If natural sunlight hits the wall and makes you squint, the paint color is wrong for your meditation space.

Zen Touches

Your meditation room can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it to be. A few carefully chosen elements can turn any space into a soul-nourishing haven. Consider adding décor such as:

• Attractive incense burners
• A fountain for the sight and sound combination
• Singing bowls
• Decorative cushions
• A Zen sand table
• Aromatherapy diffusers
• Adjustable lighting
• An altar
• Candles

Bare wood floors can add a sense of authenticity to your meditation room, and they can make the room appear (and feel) larger – but they’re not necessary as long as you have the proper posture. A plush area rug or tatami mat on top of carpet can carve out a private space where you can meditate, practice yoga or rest without costing you a fortune.

Best Plants for Meditation Spaces

Most people find that having at least one living plant makes a huge difference in the quality of a meditation space. They’re essential for pulling volatile organic chemicals out of the air and allowing you to commune with natural, earthy elements. Plants that thrive in low light and contribute to Zen include:

• Philodendron
• Pothos
• Sansevieria
• Echeveria
• Monstera Deliciosa

What Not to Put in Your Meditation Space

Few things are more distracting than clutter, so your meditation room needs to be light on things that can counteract your Zen. Avoid electronics (the TV has to go!) except for music players or electronic aromatherapy diffusers, and banish toys, paperwork or other distractors that will prevent you from connecting with yourself.

Bonus Tips for the Perfect Meditation Room

• Buy plug protectors in case you’re tempted to bring in electronics (other than that music player). They’ll serve as a gentle reminder that technology is unwelcome in your space.
• If your window has a bad view, use Japanese rice paper or privacy glass decals to shut out the world without compromising your natural light.
• This room is your escape, so nothing that pulls you back into your everyday existence belongs there.

What’s Your Dream Meditation Space Like?

With a little planning and a dash of inspiration, anyone can create a spectacular meditation space – and we’d love to hear about what you’ve already done.

Written By: Alejandra Roca
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Trauma Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment

eating disorder treatmentEating disorders often co-occur with another diagnosis such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As program director for an eating disorder center, I’m often asked if it is clinically appropriate to do trauma therapy such as EMDR, TF-CBT, and SE while patients are working on their eating disorder. The answer that I continuously give is that it is very much individualized to each person. No treatment approach is the same, just as not everyone has the same response to trauma.

If you are struggling with an eating disorder as well as a past trauma experience, what could you expect when addressing that trauma in treatment? First, you should understand that no matter which type of trauma therapy you and your clinical team decide is best suited for you, you would notice that it gets worse before it gets better. By this, I refer to the fact that since you are working on processing a traumatic life event, it is very normal to experience the same emotions you felt during that time which then increases your defense mechanisms. Oftentimes, people will try to avoid trauma therapy because it is emotionally very difficult and can create heightened physical discomfort. However, in order to heal the wounds, you will need to work through the trauma and not around it. A quote that I like regarding this process is, “The only way out is through.”

There are many benefits to completing trauma therapy while in a residential eating disorder treatment program such as Remuda Ranch at The Meadows. First, because it is difficult to process trauma, which could increase emotional instability and eating disorder thoughts and behaviors, it is imperative to have round-the-clock supervision. The caring staff at Remuda Ranch are by your side 24/7 to provide support and keep you on track with your recovery. Additionally, so often when you only work on one issue at a time, the other issue heightens and vice versa. Therefore, working on your trauma and eating disorder concurrently at a specialized treatment center like Remuda Ranch will build a strong foundation for lasting recovery.

How We Can Help

At Remuda Ranch at The Meadows, we work to meet the needs of the individual patient. Our goal is for patients to process the traumas and recognize the impact on their lives, which may manifest in any number of ways including, but not limited to, eating disorder behaviors. We see patients as complex individuals with common needs of nurturance and respect. Our staff strives to support each patient in learning to live in peace with others, with food, and with themselves. We find that a solid foundation in recovery is possible using the multitude of resources made available to those who seek treatment at Remuda Ranch.

For more information, please call us at 866.330.1456.

Edle Aasland LPC, Program Director, Remuda Ranch at The Meadows

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Why Comprehensive Eating Disorder Treatment for Teens is a Must

eating disorder treatment Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, are complex mental disorders that can be potentially fatal if left untreated. Although eating disorders are associated with damaging physical, emotional, and psychological consequences, many women are unable to connect to the help and treatment that is needed for recovery.

Eating disorders, like other mental conditions, are often stigmatized, which can make it more difficult for someone to reach out for help. When it comes to teenagers, it can be especially painful to confront an eating disorder, for both the individual and their loved ones. Many teens who experience an eating disorder may not understand what they are struggling with, and parents can feel helpless when it comes to knowing how to best support their child.

The Nature of Eating Disorders

If your teenager is suffering from an eating disorder, you may likely feel overwhelmed about how to help them through these struggles. In order to know how to best help your teenager overcome and heal from an eating disorder, it is first important to understand the nature of these conditions. In doing so, you can feel better equipped in knowing how to support their eating disorder recovery.

To begin, it is crucial to understand that the eating disorder was not your causing and that parents are not to blame. Research has identified that eating disorders develop as a result of many complex factors, including biological components, environmental conditions, and psychological influences. There is no single thing, person, or factor that can be said to have caused an eating disorder, as these diseases develop from the cumulation of many different components. As a parent, you may feel a degree of responsibility when it comes to your teenager having an eating disorder, but removing blame from your mind can better empower you to support their recovery.

It is also important to understand that eating disorders are severe and chronic illnesses with biological underpinnings. This means that an eating disorder is not simply a fad or tactic to change one’s body size or a rebellious phase that will pass over time. If left untreated, eating disorders can cause damaging consequences and become potentially fatal. While it is difficult to confront the reality of an eating disorder, ignoring these serious conditions can be harmful. If you are aware that your teenager is struggling with an eating disorder or feel like something may not be right, it is crucial to seek out professional help and intervention as quickly as possible.

Why Comprehensive Treatment is Necessary

Because of the nature of eating disorders in teenagers, comprehensive and professional treatment is absolutely imperative for healing and recovery. Researchers have also found that eating disorders in teenagers are associated with other complex conditions, including mood disorders, role impairment, and substance abuse addiction [1]. In one survey of teenagers with eating disorders, researchers found that the majority also met criteria for at least one other psychiatric disorder, such as depression. In addition, eating disorders were associated with higher levels of suicidal thinking compared to those without an eating disorder [2].

Conditions that co-occur with eating disorders can and should be addressed simultaneously within the context of professional treatment to help a teenager find complete healing and recovery. Comprehensive treatment for eating disorders effectively treats all aspects of the disease with an evidence-based approach toward healing. This means encompassing medical, nutritional, and psychological care in a manner that promotes recovery on a holistic level.

In many cases, eating disorders may also be influenced by underlying trauma, which can also add to the complexity of these mental illnesses. If unresolved trauma has contributed to the development of an eating disorder in a teenager, it is necessary to address this accordingly within comprehensive eating disorder treatment.

How Remuda Ranch Can Help

At Remuda Ranch at The Meadows, we believe that lasting recovery from an eating disorder is possible with the right treatment and professional intervention. Seeing someone you love struggle with an eating disorder is overwhelming. By offering evidenced-based medical and psychiatric care, nutritional rehabilitation, experiential therapy, culinary arts and more, Remuda Ranch provides the safe, healing, compassionate and nurturing environment for eating disorder recovery to occur.

Remuda Ranch also believes that families are an essential part of the healing journey. We embrace the whole family from the beginning of treatment and provide a five-day family week devoted to building healthy family relationships. We teach patients and their families to understand one another through effective communication and assist family members in practicing validating healthy behavior. This approach helps nurture their relationships in an effort to build interpersonal trust and confidence.

If you or a loved one is struggling with anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, please feel free to give us a call at 866-239-7381 or send us a message online. Our intake specialists talk to people every day who are in various stages of eating disorders and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

References:

[1]: National Institute of Mental Health, “Most Teens With Eating Disorders Go Without Treatment”, https://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2011/most-teens-with-eating-disorders-go-without-treatment.shtml Accessed 29 December 2017.

[2]: Swanson SA, Crow SJ, LeGrange D, Swendsen J, Merikangas KR. Prevalence and correlates of eating disorders in adolescents: results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication Adolescent Supplement. Archives of General Psychiatry. Accessed 29 December 2017.

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Reality! Who needs it?

remuda ranchIndividuals in recovery have generally spent a lot of time avoiding their painful, shameful or fearful reality. Using chemicals, relationships, busyness, spending, eating, not eating, fantasy, gambling, sex, etc. to escape reality.

What is your reality anyway?

As a baby, your brain was in a receptive mode and you downloaded and duplicated everything around you. As you grew up, you kept imprinting within you, all of the thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and things that happened and you became you.

From Pia Mellody’s Model of Developmental Immaturity, we learn that this programming creates a belief system. You interpret everything that you perceive through your own belief system, particularly as you interact with others. That’s why people frequently disagree about a shared experience. For example, let’s say that Jason had a disagreement with his sister while they were at a social event and shared about it with several friends. Sara identifies with Jason’s sister, feels empathy, and defends her. Jennifer is reminded of being embarrassed by her mother in public and feels pain and shame. Mark feels annoyed about the very topic of conversation and thinks about something else. Everyone has his or her own reality.

In emotional recovery work, it is extremely helpful to understand your reality and how to work with it. First, your reality is your experience in the present moment and includes your body, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Think of a recent time when you felt reactive in an interaction with someone and experienced some strong feelings come up. Now, breathe, take a moment, and fully experience the sensations in your body. Those sensations inform you about your feelings. Identify what the feelings are. Is it pain, hurt or sadness, or is it fear or anger? If you are not used to identifying your feelings, it can take some practice. Truthfully, your feelings are generated by the thought you had. When you are reactive, it’s hard to think straight and it can take some time to identify what the actual thought was, or where in your history it originated.

The most helpful way to think about this is with curiosity and owning it rather than judging yourself or blaming someone else. You are in a disempowered victim mode when you blame someone else for your reaction and that keeps you stuck. When you own that your reaction came from your own programming, then you are empowered to understand yourself better and can change.

So how do we do that? How do we change our reactivity, our thoughts, and feelings, and why go through the trouble?

Scott Peck wrote, “Mental health is staying in REALITY at all costs.” You’ve had those experiences when you are fully present, connected with yourself, aware of your senses, and feeling alive. Joy, passion, love, and the sense of connection with yourself are present moment experiences. You miss out on life when you are not present. Everyone checks/spaces-out at times; it is the human condition. However, the more present you are, the happier and healthier you will be.

Here are the steps to working with your reality when you are triggered or become reactive:

  • Take slow deep breaths and be curious about what you are experiencing and why it is coming up.

  • Notice and describe to yourself the sensations you are feeling in your body and identify the emotional feeling word or words that fit. (Hurt, fear, anger, irritation, shame, guilt, for example.)

  • Stay present and curious about the feelings or issues that are underneath the surface feelings. It could be abandonment, feeling threatened or unsafe, used or manipulated, blamed, shame, guilt, or a memory of an incident from your past. You could discuss this with a therapist.

  • When appropriate, you can own your own experience in the present moment and share it with that person you were reactive to by using your talking boundary. For example, in the previous story, Jennifer becomes very quiet and moody. She might share with Jason, “When I heard you say that your sister made a scene at the family dinner, what came up for me was a time when my mother was embarrassingly loud and rude in public and I’m feeling some shame and pain.” In sharing her reality in this manner, Jennifer’s friends will understand her better and she will likely have a sense of relief from the pain and shame.

Only do this when you feel like a functional adult. Listen to the other person’s reality. Be open to getting to know them and to learn about yourself.

Practicing this will likely bring insight as to how the programming in your brain hijacked the situation and gave you a distorted reality. That insight creates a new reality, even a new neuropathway in your brain. This practice begins to create a new, healthier, happier reality, which makes it easier for you to be present. So who needs reality? We all do.

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Eating Disorder Treatment Options for the Adolescent Impacted by Trauma

Eating DisordersAs a parent, you have likely planned and envisioned only the best for your child, including desires for their future, saving for college, and more. One thing that you may never anticipate is that your little girl will develop an eating disorder, which can dampen the hopes, dreams, and aspirations that you wish for your child.

Eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, are often connected with negative stigmas and stereotypes, which can leave you feeling more confused about what your child is confronting. It is important to know that there are resources and support to help you and your child through this journey and that you do not have to navigate this alone.

The Connection between Trauma and Eating Disorders

Research has uncovered multiple factors that may influence the development of eating disorders in adolescents, including both biological, psychological, and environmental components. The combination of these influencing factors can increase a child’s susceptibility to developing an eating disorder. While it is not necessarily possible to determine a child’s risk factor, there are warning signs that may indicate the susceptibility of forming an eating disorder.

For example, the experience of trauma or traumatic events, including physical, emotional, psychological, and/or sexual, can increase an adolescent’s risk of developing an eating disorder. The high levels of stress and anxiety that trauma often produces can lead to destructive methods of coping, including maladaptive eating behaviors associated with eating disorders.

Studies have found that emotional abuse, physical neglect, and sexual abuse were found to be significant predictors of eating psychopathology [1]. Research has also found that women who reported both childhood physical and sexual abuse were three times as likely to develop eating disorder symptoms as those who reported no abuse [2]. With the experience of childhood trauma associated with a range of serious long-term psychiatric complications, including eating disorders, it is important to recognize the necessity to address these concerns effectively.

Effective Treatment Options

Adolescents with eating disorders who have been impacted by trauma will require specialized and comprehensive care to find healing and recovery. Given the nature of eating disorders and the influence of unresolved trauma, it is necessary to find treatment options that can help address both simultaneously. In healing from trauma, many adolescents find that they are also able to recover from their eating disorder, as destructive eating behaviors are no longer necessary to cope with trauma stressors.

Thankfully, there are many treatment options available to help your adolescent facilitate healing from the inside out and address any unresolved trauma in a therapeutic and healing manner. The level of care for treatment that may be best for your child will depend on a number of factors. Having a complete assessment done by an eating disorder professional can help determine what level of care is best suited for meeting your loved one’s individual needs, including medical, nutritional, and psychological concerns. This may include critical care/inpatient, residential treatment, and transitional care for eating disorders impacted by unresolved trauma.

Establishing medical stability is a priority of eating disorder treatment, including nutritional rehabilitation and psychiatric safety. Once this has occurred, the process of uncovering complex psychological factors contributing to an unhealthy relationship with food can begin. Various forms of therapy can be helpful for trauma resolution, rebuilding self-esteem, and gaining confidence over the eating disorder.

Choosing the Right Treatment Center

At Remuda Ranch at The Meadows, we understand the unique challenges that young girls aged 8-17 face when impacted by eating disorders and trauma. Our treatment program is specifically equipped to effectively address the complex issues stemming from these conditions and empower recovery through our innovative treatment approaches.

Through the devastation and confusion that you and your loved one have experienced, we want you to know that you are not alone. We will work with your adolescent in a nurturing and safe environment to help them regain their health, find healing from trauma, and eliminate eating disorder behaviors. Connecting with the specialized care at Remuda Ranch at The Meadows can make all the difference in recovery from eating disorders impacted by trauma. Connect with us today and learn more about how we can help you and your family find whole-person healing and restoration. Give us a call at 866-239-7381.

References:

[1]: Seongsook Kong, et al. (2009) Childhood trauma as a predictor of eating psychopathology and its mediating variables in patients with eating disorders. Journal of Clinical Nursing 18, 1897-1907

[2]: Rayworth, BB, et al. (2004) Childhood abuse and risk of eating disorders in women. Epidemiology 15, 271-278.

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