Collaborative Care in Eating Disorders and Non-Negotiables: Why do we need them and how do they work?

Imagine these scenarios…

You’ve been seeing a patient with severe anorexia nervosa for a number of weeks in therapy. Together, you have begun addressing and thinking about the core features that have contributed to the eating disorders onset and maintenance. But recently the patient’s weight has begun to drop, and she has not been seen by her GP. She says that she has fainted several times in the last week. You raise the issue of her going into hospital, but she says “that’s the last thing I want to do…”

Or…

How to Help a Child with Autism Feel Good About Food

As all parents will know, picky eating is a very common childhood problem. For most young children, it is just a stage they move through. However, for children with autism, it can be a challenge that persists beyond the early years.

A very high percentage of children on the spectrum only accept a limited range of foods. While it is hard to put an exact figure on it, research suggests that up to nine out of ten children with a diagnosis of ASD will have an eating problem.

Western collaborates with universities to create mental health literacy tool

The faculties of education at several Canadian universities have collaborated to build a free online mental health literacy resource for teachers: www.teachmentalhealth.org

Understanding Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Addiction

It's important to get to the root of the addiction.

One of the most essential aspects of receiving treatment for addiction is getting to the root of the addiction to determine why an individual has come to rely on an illicit substance in the first place. While the issue could be related to finances, work or stress, there’s a possibility that the person has an untreated and undiagnosed mental illness. It’s vital to determine if your addiction is connected to your mental health to know whether you should consider Florida Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Addiction.

Sharing Patient Cases: Balancing Confidentiality and Educational Needs

Prior to 1990, the psychiatric literature often contained detailed clinical case descriptions. These descriptions allowed us to communicate important and nuanced aspects of our psychotherapeutic work. Providing detailed descriptions of interactions that occurred between patient and therapist moved our field forward by both honing our technique and considering more effective ways to help our patients.

Visualizing Away Fearful Thoughts Affect Your Well-being

Brainwave tracking technology is being used to treat some of the most challenging mental health conditions.

Imagine being able to lower the impact of unhealthy thoughts through visualization. Technological advances are bringing health care one step closer to managing mental health conditions that are difficult to treat with medications using videogame-like computer software.

ARFID: For this Little Boy, Milk is a Lifesaver

Meet Clayton. He is a healthy, rambunctious, bright-eyed boy with a smile that could melt the coldest of hearts.

If you were to see Clayton in person, you would never guess that Clayton does not eat food. This is because Clayton has a sensory processing disorder. His rare condition is known as the Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, or ARFID for short. So, how can a child that doesn’t eat be so happy and healthy? The answer is milk, and a whole lot of it.

BIAS (Body Image Awareness Seminars): A new positive body image program in Canada

We live in a society where the rates of dieting, eating disorders, cosmetic surgeries, skin-lightening and tanning sales, and other body-altering interventions have reached all-time highs. Dissatisfaction with the body is so rampant in society that researchers call this phenomenon a norm, meaning it is abnormal for people to love their bodies. Positive body image interventions are needed now more than ever but currently they are scarce, and this is especially true for individuals outside the adolescent and university student populations.

9 Mantras For Anxiety That Experts Use Themselves

Anxiety is universal. The American Psychological Association defines the feeling as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” And most people experience it in their lives at one point or another.

What to Know About Hunger and Fullness Cues

As you progress in your recovery from disordered eating, being able to use internal hunger and fullness cues can be a significant step towards self-regulation of intake. However, there are several important factors to help this important, but tricky, transition go smoothly.

Paired Medications Show Promise for Binge Eating Disorder Patients

New trials feature a phentermine-topiramate combination.

While drug development for AN and BN is quiescent, BED remains an active target for medication treatment development. Results fromarecent pilot drug trial suggest a new option for BED patients.

Combining phentermine and topiramate for obese BED patients

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