Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Eating Disorders 101

This very informative film was made by NORMAL, a non-profit organization that educates about eating disorders in the United States.

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  1. Thought inspiring quotes from film:

    “I believe it’s essential to address trauma in women and adolescents with eating disorders. One of the main causes of relapse for people with eating disorders is unacknowledged, undertreated or untreated trauma. There are different types of trauma, historically when somebody says post-traumatic stress disorder or trauma people think of what we call big T trauma: car accidents, combat exposure, violence. There is also little t trauma, this is more of the developmental trauma that infants and children can experience that can profoundly shape them for the rest of their lives. Many times these subtle forms of trauma go unseen by clinicians, unaddressed in treatment.”

    Dr. Kim Dennis

    Medical Director, Timberline Knolls

    “You can have a very bright child, very talented child, in sports and music and activities. But when you’re taking all AP and honour classes, when you have 3 or 4 after school activities that you’re trying to balance. Even the smartest kid is not going to be able to cope with that emotionally. So I think the biggest concern is that we’ve kind of lost sight of the fact that adolescents don’t have the coping mechanisms yet to be able to manage the level of expectations that we set for them, and that they set for themselves.”

    Laura A. Lees, Psy. D., CEDS

    President, Lees Psychological Services

    “I think the confusing thing about eating disorders in this idea of choice versus illness is that we see people choose to go on a diet, we see people choose to take laxatives, we see people choose to start exercising and over-exercise. So we see choices that individuals make and then we ultimately end up thinking that because they made those choices they’re “at fault” for developing an eating disorder. There’s the disease issue and there’s the choice issue. They are both important.”

    Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, MFT

    Founder, Monte Nido Treatment Center

    From individuals who have recovered:

    “The point is that an eating disorder is not about wanting to lose weight, an eating disorder is about other things that are too difficult to face.

    If I had known that it was ok to come out with it and to talk about it and there were others like me it would’ve changed my life”

    “Hearing that diagnosis for me was just so liberating. It was like wow, you know, this all makes sense now, this is great, I know what I’m dealing with. And so I can move on from here.”

    “Self-love is important for any kind of recovery and any kind of journey in life.”

    “Love is stronger than anything you’re going through”