Eating disorders are not all about food

Eating disorders are very complex conditions, and have the highest mortality rate of any mental health issue. 

25 years ago, with a few other physicians, Dr. Christine Lammerse and Dr. Joan Fujiwara led the way in establishing Fraser Health’s community-based treatment program for those suffering from eating disorders. 

As pioneers in the eating disorder treatment field in B.C., I connected with Drs. Lammerse and Fujiwara on what makes eating disorders so complex and how treatment has changed.  

Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Can Ease Bulimia

A new research study finds that key symptoms of bulimia nervosa, including the urge to binge eat and restrict food intake, are relieved by delivering external electrical stimulation to parts of the brain.

Why Therapists in Private Practice Should Have a Therapist

It’s not a new idea. Freud suggested that psychoanalysts should undergo re-analysis every five years. He felt strongly that analysts needed regular support in coping with the accumulated stress of doing clinical work. He also stressed the importance of dealing with ongoing adult development and aging.

ARFID: Taking Picky Eating to the Extreme

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Jeaninne Mackson always knew there were certain foods her son, Brendan, wouldn’t eat. If it didn’t have a “crunch” to it — say, cookies, crackers or extra crispy fries — he couldn’t even put it near his lips. But Ms. Mackson, of Shrewsbury, Mass., figured her son would eventually grow out of his fussiness.

He didn’t.

Research reveals help for eating disorder patients

More people are dying from eating disorders than any other psychiatric disorder, and one Cornell College professor has discovered a way to help women by significantly reducing eating disorder symptoms in those who are struggling.

Professor of Psychology Melinda Green and her team recently examined 47 women in Eastern Iowa who suffered from eating disorder symptoms, recruiting women through social media, fliers posted in practitioners' offices, local schools, and announcements in local media. The researchers used what's called a dissonance-based eating disorder program.

Given time, most women with anorexia or bulimia will recover

Around two-thirds of those with either eating disorder found to have recovered two decades after seeking treatment.  Contrary to what is often believed, around two-thirds of women with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa will eventually recover from their eating disorders, new research concludes.

Uncomfortable with Compliments? Taming the Inner Critic in Therapy

Praise People Speech Bubbles Compliments Words 3d IllustrationMany people we work with as clinicians struggle to take a compliment. It doesn’t matter if the compliment comes from a loved one, a stranger or a trusted source, like a therapist. The struggle goes much deeper than manners, modesty or cultural norms.

3 Ways to Help Clients to Practice Self-Compassion

Self Compassion ConceptIn the past, there was a big push among clinicians in regards to helping clients to improve their self-esteem. However, there has been a substantial amount of research to suggest the benefits of helping people to practice self-compassion.

[1] Self-esteem is often hinged upon external factors that individuals do not have complete control over. Thus, an individual’s sense of self-esteem could fluctuate based on their perceived successes and failures. However, self-compassion is a powerful resource that is always available.

Have Your Say: Consultation on front-of-package nutrition labelling

Consultation on front-of-package nutrition labelling

Who's failing whom? Treatment retention for eating disorders

I find the idea of treatment retention for eating disorders to be quite interesting. Mostly, I find it intriguing to dissect the way that authors write about treatment retention – that is, how they tend to look at factors within people that make them more or less able to complete treatment, rather than things about the treatment that serve or don’t serve people’s needs.

US: Congress Just Passed The First Ever Eating Disorder Legislation

Eating disorder advocacy, prevention, and treatment groups are celebrating this week. The reason: For the first time, eating disorders—including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder—are now recognized in a piece of federal legislation. The bill is called the 21st Century Cures Act, and part of it will increase eating disorder prevention efforts and make access to treatment easier. The Senate voted 94 to 5 to approve it. It passed in the House of Representatives last week, and all it needs now is President Barack Obama's signature for it to become a law.