By: Nancy Greenlee, LPC, The Meadows Therapist

Once a month, the Workshop team is treated to a consultation from Pia Mellody, the creator of the Survivors workshop treatment model. She makes herself available, both to consult on clinical cases, answer and process questions and to inspire us with her wise adages for the spirituality of recovery. Often, I leave our gatherings with notes in hand to share with my workshop groups.

By Michelle Wells, Alumni

I had been discharged from my treatment program for a year and was in the ups and downs of early recovery when the call came. My husband’s voice cracked when he said my name, so I knew before he told me that my father was dead. There were no details yet, but I did not need them. The coroner’s report would later confirm what I already knew. My dad, like his twin brother twenty years before him, had taken his own life. There is much I could write about his life and perhaps some day I will, but as I sit here today contemplating World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10, 2017) all I have to share with you are the pieces of my heart.

Monday, 11 September 2017 19:03

Emotional Trauma and Eating Disorder Treatment

By Nicole Garber, M.D.

One question often asked is, “Why do people develop eating disorders?” The answer is complex and varied but often an eating disorder develops initially as a solution to another problem.

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 17:13

Aaron Carter Opens Up About His Eating Disorder

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Aaron Carter addressed his recent arrest on DUI and marijuana related charges and shared about his personal battle with having an eating disorder. Carter stated that his eating disorder is caused by a hiatal hernia, which he was diagnosed with 10 years ago at age 19. In the interview, Carter apologizes to his fans, saying, “I am sorry for the way that I look... To everybody I say, ‘Give me a break so I can look better, so I can eat.’”
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 17:51

Forming Healthy Relationships at College

By Michelle Wells

My social media accounts are filled with pictures these days. Teenagers are heading off to college for the first time. Young adults are returning to campus to resume their studies. Pursuing higher education often requires moving and sharing a place with a roommate or two. Though the prospect of independence is exciting, learning to live with someone new is a growth experience. Under the best of circumstances, roommates may become the best of friends or at least suitable living partners. Since it is often easier to build a healthy relationship than it is to fix a broken one, the question becomes, “How do you cultivate a healthy living environment from the very start?”

Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:48

Eating Disorders and Gynecological Health

Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN) and binge eating disorder (BED), can have an adverse impact on a woman's gynecological health from her teen years throughout adulthood. However, many OB/GYNs report that their residency training in diagnosing and treating eating disorders was barely adequate or less. Eating disorder patients are more likely to seek treatment for a comorbid psychiatric illness such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) rather than for their eating disorder. Consequently, it's critical for specialized psychiatric providers and general psychiatrists to communicate with obstetrical and gynecologic providers to improve the care for women presenting eating disorder concerns.
Friday, 28 July 2017 17:06

Triggers

By Michelle Wells

I was six months into my recovery when I saw her. A woman probably ten years younger than me smiled as she exited and I entered Target. A friendly gesture, sure, but to me, it was a trigger shaking the foundation of my recovery. “I can be skinnier than her,” I thought to myself. For the next month, that stranger whom I never saw again became my competitor and inspiration, a constant threat to my life. Sometime later I waged a similar battle when an illness led to an unexpected weight loss. It stirred old feelings and drives in me that I had worked hard to overcome.

Today’s episode of The Doctors will feature Remuda Ranch Clinical Director, Mike Gurr, discussing the follow up story of a prior patient, Michelle, who was with us for 90 days. 

We’re pleased to welcome Nicole Garber, MD as Medical Director of Remuda Ranch at The Meadows! In her new role, Dr. Garber will be responsible for the supervision of Remuda Ranch’s staff psychiatric and medical providers who provide 24-hour nursing, medical and psychiatric care to patients struggling with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.

Netflix recently released a trailer for To The Bone: a soon-to-be-released movie about a teenage girl with anorexia. The roughly two-minute and thirty-second trailer has prompted hours and hours of conversation on social media about the complex double bind that often results from depicting eating disorder behaviors in the media. While films like To The Bone can raise much-needed awareness about these often misunderstood illnesses, they can also potentially trigger relapse in those who are in recovery from an eating disorder and inspire those who are “on the brink” to engage in dangerous eating behaviors.

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