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  • Five women and two men holding a sign that reads "We Are Marching for so many #MarchAgainst ED

    Present Day

    My daughter spent almost five months in the UCSD Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment Program in 2012 and six weeks in their adult program in 2013, after a relapse. She continues to check in with her (phenomenal) psychiatrist regularly. She has found art to be an important tool for her to maintain her recovery. Recovery: A […]

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  • Happy Family at a wedding

    FBT What?

    Family Based Treatment (FBT) understands this truth: recovery from an eating disorder cannot be made without full weight restoration and ongoing full nutrition. There is another important acknowledgement FBT makes which conventional (and markedly less effective) treatments don’t: when the symptom of a disease is anosognosia (inability to recognize one is ill), waiting for the […]

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  • Line drawing of an elephant

    Down the Rabbit Hole

    I am fond of prefacing conversations about eating disorders with: “If, everything you know about eating disorders you learned from an ABC Afterschool Special or Lifetime TV movie, you don’t know anything.” A frightening aspect of this disease is that most people—including doctors and other clinicians—wrongly assume full authority on the topic. Many people don’t […]

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  • Smiling teenage girl on a beach

    When Choice Isn’t A Choice

    Long before I knew the term “disordered eating,” I knew its environment. My stunningly beautiful mother maintained her perfectly-proportioned, svelte figure with Carnation Instant Breakfast, cigarettes for hunger control during the day and an enormous, home-cooked, delicious meat, potatoes, salad and vegetable dinner every night. Sweets and sugar were forbidden, but sour cream was encouraged—low-fat, […]

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  • Whit Picket Fence with yellow flowers in the background

    Taking the Road you Never Wished to Travel

    Intellectually, we know John Lennon nailed it, “ Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans.” Truly owning that sentiment is something else. For me, an inveterate planner (right down to March and May babies for Kindergarten-readiness) with a proven track record of turning the plan into a reality, this […]

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  • Time to Talk about Teen Suicide

    Time to Talk about Teen Suicide

    Sadly, it’s time to talk about teen suicide again. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in our young people 15-24; approximately 4,000 Americans in this age group died of their own actions last year and a much greater number suffered a range of consequences from suicide attempts. More than 32,000 Americans of all […]

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  • When I Was Your Age

    When I Was Your Age…

    How do our children’s experiences compare to our own experiences at the same age? The 2008 Duke University Child Well-Being Index compared high school seniors from 1975-1977 to seniors 28 years later (an average of one generation apart).

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  • Teens and Tragedy

    Teens and Tragedy

    You may have been hearing the many warnings about exposing young children to too much of the televised re-tellings of the tragedy. Teenagers, though, are at a different point in their lives. While some may be uninterested in the news, others will want to be glued to the TV, eager for each fresh detail as […]

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  • Eating Disorders in Teens

    Eating Disorders in Teens

    Nearly one sixth of high school boys and one third of high school girls show some of the symptoms of an eating disorder, according to a presentation at the 2001 annual meeting of The Society for Adolescent Medicine.

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  • Ecstasy Use in Children Doubles

    Ecstasy Use in Children Doubles

    Teenage marijuana use has decreased slightly for three years running (after peaking at 44% who had used the drug at least once in 1997). According to the 2000 annual report of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, 40% of today’s 7-12 graders reported using marijuana at least once, and 21% have used it in the […]

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