Eating Disorder Recovery – What to focus on first

The symptoms take priority over the cause … initially. In Eating Disorder (ED) recovery, symptoms of the eating disorder are treated as first priority. 99.9% of the time, this is achieved through intensive administration of improved nutrition. Getting the dose correct is key, think of food as the medicine. Not enough wont have the desired…

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Real words from lived experience of Family Based Treatment

Article: “I’m still here but no one hears you” A qualitative study of young women’s experiences of persistent distress post family-based treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa. Conti et all (2021) Family-based treatment (FBT) is the current treatment of choice for adolescent AN. This handout includes comments from individuals and their family, of their lived experience…

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Coping with feelings of Guilt during Recovery 2

“I can’t eat that, I am too afraid of weight gain”. A fear response at the thought of eating, during eating and after eating can keep an eating disorder going. The anxiety experienced can lead to ongoing compensatory behaviours – restriction, purging and exercise. For a person without an eating disorder, the brain will respond…

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Coping with the Summer Season

Whilst for many, the summer season is a time of catch up with family, friends, going to the beach, wearing summer clothes, last minute food decisions and more occasions to eat out socially, for people living with an eating disorder it can be a particularly stressful time. For those with an eating disorder, this can…

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