What Do Eating Disorder Treatment Professionals Need to Know? The Warrior Moms of MAED Reveal ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’
“No parent should ever outlive their children. When a child dies, you, the parent, have two choices: to survive or to die,” says Debra Schlesinger. “I chose to live to help others —and in return it helped me.” To raise awareness about the eating disorder that claimed her only child, Ms. Schlesinger’s support group, Mothers Against Eating Disorders, has marched in Washington, DC, rallied for improved healthcare coverage, and advocated for more research. Now these ‘Warrior Moms’ are meeting with leading mental health professionals to help them understand what works -and what doesn’t- so that families can get the most effective treatment for eating disorders.
Is Weight Cycling the Enemy?
You see them all the time- ads that promise you can “Lose 20 pounds in just 3 days!” If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Yet in our weight-obsessed culture, more than 61 billion dollars are spent on these fad diet products every year. While it may be tempting to follow a popular diet scam, many of these trendy diets simply don’t work. The results are often a ‘yo-yo’ or Weight Cycling effect. 97% of most dieters gain back all of their weight, and often, more pounds. This form of weight cycling may ultimately harm the physical health of our teens and adolescents more than a little extra weight ever will. Can popular fads like diet pills, juice cleanses, metabolism-boosting supplements, and diets that only focus on “good foods” also be a gateway to eating disorders?
How to Find Treatment for Your Teen’s Eating Disorder
Maybe you have known something is wrong for some time, but finding help for your son or daughter can seem overwhelming. There are so many options, so much new information to absorb and understand. By the time that your teen or adolescent’s eating disorder has become a challenge for the entire family, simply talking about any mental health disorder with your child may be extremely difficult as well. So what can you do to help them solve their health crisis? Many people have little knowledge about eating disorders, or the underlying issues that may cause them, and it’s hard to know where to start. Don’t despair- long-lasting recovery is possible, and seeking help is the first and most important step to healing. Here are some basic guidelines to help your family take that step.
Teens in Crisis: What Should I Say to a Suicidal Teen?
Talking with someone about their suicidal thoughts is never easy. “I had family and close friends who didn’t know what to do and didn’t do anything. It was hard for me not to be resentful of that,” says a young woman who struggled with depression at the age of 14. “People react in different ways at different times, but also accept help in different ways. Some friends would try things and I would snap at them and they just wouldn’t try again. But others would keep trying until they found something that helped,” she says. “Sometimes people, not even close friends, would surprise you and give you exactly what you need.”
Borderline Personality Disorder How It Feels From the Inside
It’s easy for teens and adolescents with Borderline Personality Disorder to feel like they are the victims of a very cruel curse. This personality disorder is often characterized by an intense fear of abandonment, unstable relationships, and impulsive behavior that ultimately drives people away. “BPD makes me lash out, allowing some of the cruelest things to tumble from my mouth. And believe me, there are only so many times loved ones will forgive a lack of control,” one person writes. Young people that have this disorder describe what it’s like to live with it, in their own words.
Boys with Eating Disorders May Face Greater Risk of Suicide
Eating disorders do not discriminate.In the past, eating disorders were often seen as a ‘woman’s issue.’ But new research shows that male eating disorders are on the rise. This means that many male teens and adolescents may face a greater risk of suicide as well. Compared to the general population, suicide rates are much higher among young people with eating disorders. These statistics are even higher for males with eating disorders, especially among gay men, the studies say. More research is needed, but these studies provide valuable insight into the mental health challenges some male teens and adolescents may be facing today.
What’s New at the Center for Discovery New England Outpatient Facility
Our New Haven outpatient facility has been buzzing with marketing events! We recently hosted a Connecticut Wellness Group event so we could sit down, have breakfast with our local healthcare providers, and discuss the Discovery Difference.
Embattled Teens Suffering from Anxiety Disorders
According to a report in The Atlantic, anxiety among teens and adolescents in U.S. schools has been on the rise in recent years. “Things have changed dramatically with my students over the past couple of decades,” Dr. Sharon Sevier, chair of the board of The American School Counselor Association and a counselor at Lafayette High School in St. Louis, told The Atlantic. “Early in my career, I saw very few mental health issues, and the home and family issues were more rare.” Jason Bradley, a counselor at Roseville High School in Northern California, blames the growing intrusion of technology. “With the rise in the digital world, kids very often feel rushed and pressured. There’s a lot of info, a lot to learn, a lot to know.”
20 Confessions from Teens With Mental Illness: What They Wished Their Parents Knew
Living with a teen or adolescent that has a mental health disorder can be very challenging for the entire family. Even the best of parents make mistakes. If your child could articulate their feelings about their mental illness, in a way that you could hear them without blaming yourself, you might not like what you hear. Then again, you might be surprised to learn how much they appreciate all that you have done for them. Speaking anonymously, kids offer some useful insights and valuable information to help parents get through the process of recovery.
Bullying Prevention Month: Teens Encouraged to Fight Bullying for Better Mental Health
Can the right words help us heal issues, together, as a group? The impersonal styles of communication we have developed, thanks to advances in technology and new social media platforms, can often produce arguments, opinions, and hurtful comments all too easily. “People say things that are inappropriate, and they feel comfortable doing it because that buffer is present,” a psychology major told Brigham Young’s school newspaper recently. “Cyber-bullying comes because of this. People feel like they can voice their opinions freely without regard for what the reader could be feeling or how they could be interpreting the message.” A new public campaign urges teens and adolescents to get involved and stomp out bullying at their schools with real, personal interactions, and positive social activities.