6 Differences Between Picky Eating and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Ever wonder if your child’s picky eating is more than just picky eating? While the majority of toddlers and young children experience some type of picky eating as a normal part of their childhood development, there is a line where normal picky eating can become dangerous – and where medical and psychological intervention may be necessary.

Parent-child interventions most effective to reduce BMI in children with obesity

An intervention for childhood obesity that included both children and their parents, rather than the parents only, improved the children’s BMI standard deviation scores, according to results from a study conducted in Israel.

5 Things Seasoned Therapists Wish They'd Known

Whether they’ve been practicing for three months or three decades, therapists are continuously honing their craft. But much of what we learn through trial and error, and hours upon hours sitting across from clients, we were never taught in grad school. So we asked some seasoned therapists to pass on the lessons they wish someone had told them when they were first starting out.

1) Getting “ghosted” by clients

Four Steps for Therapists to Staying Present in Sessions

**Remember: you are a human with a human brain doing the best you can.


Being a therapist is hard work that requires an incredible amount of mindfulness, whether you have a formal practice or not. We are trained to be good listeners, space holders, unconditional validators, growth-facilitators, case managers, and sometimes entire support systems, all at once.

For some of our patients, the time they spend with us is the only time they have ever been seen, heard, and validated for being exactly who they are. It’s a big responsibility.

The Connections Between the Brain and Urges to Binge and Purge

“I did it again. And again! I can’t seem to control my bingeing no matter how hard I try. What is wrong with me?” Listening to a client who wants to recover from bulimia or binge eating disorder tell you the same thing shared in the last session can feel discouraging for both of you. The desire to recover is strong but the body and brain seem to be resisting.

Family-Based Treatment of Teen Eating Disorders Helpful

Treatment outcomes for adolescents with eating disorders seem to correlate with family reports of perceived helpfulness of the family-based treatment approach, according to a study published online April 10 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.  Findings based on mothers' and teens' perception of helpfulness and outcomes of family-based treatment.

Feeding Releases Endogenous Opioids in Humans


Eating both bland (left panel) and delicious (right panel) meals triggered significant opioid release in the brain.

Finnish researchers have revealed how eating stimulates brain's endogenous opioid system to signal pleasure and satiety.

Findings based on mothers' and teens' perception of helpfulness and outcomes of family-based treatment

Treatment outcomes for adolescents with eating disorders seem to correlate with family reports of perceived helpfulness of the family-based treatment (FBT) approach, according to a study published online April 10 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Simar Singh, from the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues examined families' perspectives on FBT and remission markers associated with increased treatment satisfaction across 43 caregivers and 40 adolescents who received outpatient FBT for an eating disorder.

Breaking Down The Trifecta: Obesity, Binge Eating Disorder & Bariatrics

New upload from Riverment Health:  Breaking Down The Trifecta: Obesity, Binge Eating Disorder & Bariatrics
Watch video here:  https://player.vimeo.com/video/266782762

RiverMend Health is a premier provider of scientifically driven, specialty behavioral health services to those suffering from alcohol and drug dependency, dual disorders, eating disorders, obesity and chronic pain.

The Neuroscience of Anxiety and Anorexia

Think back to the last time you experienced feeling “hangry”—irritable, cranky or uncomfortable due to hunger. Perhaps it was when you had gone too long between meals, got held up in a lunch meeting or were engaging in a restrictive diet plan. This uncomfortable and desperate feeling occurs when we are depleted, and our bodies need energy.  Interestingly, for an individual struggling with anorexia, the experience of being overly hungry is quite different. Emptiness and energy depletion can actually leave an individual with anorexia feeling better.

Bone Impairment Differs Between Anorexia Nervosa and Athletic Amenorrhea

Women with anorexia nervosa show impairments across bone parameters, whereas women with athletic oligo-amenorrhea have increased stress fracture rates despite mostly normal bone mineral density (BMD), researchers report.

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