The BC Children’s Mental Health Literacy Team 2017/18 Online Annual Report

The BC Children’s Mental Health Literacy Team is excited to share our 2017/18 Online Annual Report!  Here you will find all the great work and accomplishments of this 2017/2018 year, including in eating disorders. Enjoy every picture, story, and statistic that celebrates youth, family, and community.  The annual report allows us to highlight accomplishments and share the impact of our work with partners, funders, key stakeholders and leadership.

The 8 Habits of Effective Therapists

People in general have difficulty assessing their own competence, regardless of the their field. Worse, the least skilled are the most likely to see themselves as among the best. In the popular press, this scenario has been named the Lake Woebegone Effect, with a nod to Garrison Keillor’s stories in which “all the children are above average” in his fictional town.

An oft quoted study showed that 90% of people surveyed thought they were better than the average driver and the rate wasn’t much lower among people who had been in multiple car accidents.

What is ARFID: A video

What are you truly afraid of? Is it spiders or crocodiles? How about tunnels or heights? If you have a phobia of any of the above subjects, you might be able to avoid regular contact with them, to some extent.

But what would you do if the source of your psychologically entrenched terror were food – a substance that you’re supposed to come into contact with at least three times a day?

Suicidality & Eating Disorders Among LGBTQ Youth 2018: A US Study

A new national survey of LGBTQ youth found that a majority of those surveyed have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. Even more shocking, half of the LGBTQ youth surveyed who have not been diagnosed suspect they have an eating disorder.

Drug Development for Eating Disorders and Obesity - Weighing Up the Difference

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses characterized by excessive preoccupation with body weight, leading to abnormal eating habits. In women, lifetime prevalence of anorexia nervosa is estimated to be 1–4%, bulimia nervosa 1–3%, and binge eating disorder 1–4%. Among men, 0.1–0.5% report eating disorders. [2] By comparison, lifetime prevalence for depression ranges from 1.5%–19% across different countries. [3] Despite lower prevalence, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder, with anorexia nervosa having the highest mortality rate of all.

More Than Picky Eating: My Daughter's Experience with ARFID

Her anxiety and depression had elevated, she was becoming anti-social, and she was having panic attacks. We had to figure out what was wrong.

The day my daughter took a bite of a grilled cheese sandwich I cried. She wasn't 2 years old trying something new for the first time, she was 15. She had been fighting an eating disorder her whole life and this moment was more significant than the day she took her first steps. She had come a long way.

"I was addicted to exercise" - A personal story

Exercise addiction doesn’t sound like a real thing, certainly nothing to be concerned about. After all, exercise is healthy, and if you exercise regularly? Well, you impress people. If you work out a lot, people likely say things to you like, “I wish I could work out like you!” Just scroll through your Instagram feed of hard-bodied gym bunnies boasting about juice cleanses, hardcore workout programs, and their peach bottoms and you’ll see why.

Is 13 too young for a diet? Weight Watchers doesn't think so

Weight Watchers is facing a mounting backlash for opening its doors to teenagers.

In February, the world's oldest and largest weight-loss company announced it will offer children ages 13 to 17 free summer memberships as part of its strategy to more than double revenue and memberships by the end of 2020.

"They will have free access to Weight Watchers when they join with an adult, helping them develop healthy habits at a critical life stage," new CEO Mindy Grossman said during an employee event in New York on Feb. 7.

New book offers strategies to address emotional and binge eating

Breaking an addiction often involves some form of abstinence, yet for people addicted to food, abstinence isn’t an option. Eating disorders aren’t like addictions to drugs or alcohol, Sarah Adler, PsyD, and her colleague Debra Safer, MD, explained to me as we sat in Safer’s office discussing the origins of their new book, The DBT® Solution for Emotional Eating: A Proven Program to Break the Cycle of Bingeing and Out-of-Control Eating.

Finding New Ways to Define and Improve Recovery

Recovery from an eating disorder involves more than a retreat of symptoms.

3 Reasons Mindfulness Is A Powerful Tool Against Eating Disorders

It’s a challenge for anyone to stay in the present moment. With our incessant social media scrolling, 24/7 news stream, and constant planning for the future, the distractions are omnipresent these days. For those suffering from eating disorders, a comparison mindset is one of those crippling distractions that keeps us from living in the here and now. When we’re constantly in comparison, we’re constantly judging ourselves, our past selves, and even our future selves.