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August 15, 2014

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7:20 PM | In Defense of Eating Junk Food in Eating Disorder Treatment
Should eating disorder patients be introduced to “junk food” or “hyper-palatable” foods during treatment? A few days ago, I stumbled across a blog post where Dr. Julie O’Toole, Founder and Director of the Kartini Clinic for Disordered Eating, argues against introducing “junk food” during ED treatment. The crux of the argument is that “hyperpalatable foods”—e.g., chips and Cheetos—are not real food and should never be forced or […]

Spring, V.L. & Bulik, C.M. (2014). Implicit and explicit affect toward food and weight stimuli in anorexia nervosa., Eating Behaviors, 15 (1) 91-4. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24411758

Steinglass, J.E., Sysko, R., Glasofer, D., Albano, A.M., Simpson, H.B. & Walsh, B.T. (2011). Rationale for the application of exposure and response prevention to the treatment of anorexia nervosa., The International Journal of Eating Disorders, 44 (2) 134-41. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20127936

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August 12, 2014

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4:51 PM | Tragic Loss By Suicide and the Question “Why?”
For every suicide there is an estimated six or more “suicide survivors,” people who are left behind trying to cope with this traumatic loss. They include spouses, parents, siblings, friends and relatives. When the person lost is Robin Williams, a famous comedian and actor whose creativity and art brought laughs to millions, it illuminates the […]

August 11, 2014

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11:30 PM | Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Heather Foster
“Thriving with Mental Illness” is a regular interview series featuring individuals who have a mental illness and are living well. Unfortunately, we don’t hear these stories nearly enough. We don’t hear nearly enough about people with mental illness who are living healthy, meaningful lives. And we don’t hear nearly enough about how they manage their […]
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5:23 PM | Unpacking Recovery Part 2: The Multiple Facets of Recovery
One of the most common definitions of eating disorder recovery I have seen comes from a 2010 study by Bardone-Cone et al. Before I begin exploring this study I thought I might direct readers to some more resources on recovery: Carrie Arnold over at ED Bites wrote a few posts about recovery on her blog, and the first in the series can be found here. In this post, Carrie looks at the 3 dimensions of recovery that surface in Bardone-Cone’s article, so I thought I might also explore a study […]
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2:27 PM | Contrary Mary & Denial of Mental Illness
What therapists can learn from a client with schizophrenia, one who is in denial.

August 10, 2014

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6:08 PM | What does a monkey selfie have to do with big pharma?
Intellectual property disputes are normally quite boring – even if they involve industrial heavyweights such as Apple and Samsung, but the reason the current big IP case is set apart from the regular snooze-fests is as simple as it is wonderfully captivating: It involves a monkey. Not just a monkey – but a monkey that…

August 07, 2014

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10:35 PM | Obamacare Helps Young Adults Get Mental Health Treatment
Despite all the hype and hand-wringing done over Obamacare — aka the Affordable Care Act — there’s a lot of good coming already from its implementation. And if some politicians want to undo this good, they may find themselves up against an increasing vocal minority of their citizens who’ve benefited. The latest data suggests that […]

August 06, 2014

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10:34 AM | CDC FAQ On Experimental Ebola Treatments & Vaccine Development
  # 8918     Although there are no FDA  approved specific treatments for Ebola infection,  it has been widely reported that two Americans afflicted with the virus have been given – and may have benefited from - an experimental drug cocktail called ZMapp (see CIDRAP News Report Experimental Ebola drug may have helped 2 US patients).   While early results are encouraging, ZMapp is extraordinarily difficult to produce in quantity, and in very short […]

August 04, 2014

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2:43 PM | Unpacking Eating Disorder Recovery Part 1: The Recovery Model
What does eating disorder recovery really look like? When you say the word “recovery,” differences of opinion loom large. The lack of definitional clarity around the concept of recovery came up many times at ICED, and continues to surface in discussions among researchers, clinicians, and individuals with eating disorders themselves. We’ve looked at recovery on the blog before (for example, Gina looked at how patients define recovery here; Tetyana surveyed […]

Dawson L, Rhodes P & Touyz S (2014). The recovery model and anorexia nervosa., The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24927735

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2:43 PM | Unpacking Eating Disorder Recovery Part 1: The Recovery Model
What does eating disorder recovery really look like? When you say the word “recovery,” differences of opinion loom large. The lack of definitional clarity around the concept of recovery came up many times at ICED, and continues to surface in discussions among researchers, clinicians, and individuals with eating disorders themselves. We’ve looked at recovery on the blog before (for example, Gina looked at how patients define recovery here; Tetyana surveyed […]

Dawson L, Rhodes P & Touyz S (2014). The recovery model and anorexia nervosa., The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24927735

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July 27, 2014

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10:45 AM | Subtle Signs You May Have Adult ADHD
ADHD may be hard to spot in adults, because everyone can exhibit many of the symptoms, said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating ADHD. Many people forget important things, get bored easily, daydream, get restless and fidget, he said. “What is often overlooked are the extent and frequency of these occurrences,” […]
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