Monte Nido & Affiliates Expert Advises Parents in Boston Globe Article
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by nbazzinotti@montenidoaffiliates.com
6M ago
The impact of social media on the mental health of children and teens can be devastating, but there are things parents can do to help limit its reach. That’s why the assistant vice president for our Walden Behavioral Care practice provided advice for parents in an article that appeared in the Boston Globe. Robert J. Keane, a licensed clinical social worker and Monte Nido & Affiliates leader, co-wrote the article with Kameron Mendes, a licensed mental health counselor, therapist at Renovated Wellness and a Ph.D. student in the school of social work at Simmons University. Titled “Congress i ..read more
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Are “chipmunk cheeks” always a sign of bulimia?
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by Mary Smucker-Priest
1y ago
What is sialadenitis or bulimia cheeks? Bulimia nervosa can ravage the human body, and we often search for visible signs if we sense a loved one may be struggling. We look for weight changes, listen for negative body talk, and seek out physical signs to confirm our suspicions. Bulimia or chipmunk cheeks can be a visible sign. Sialadenitis, or “chipmunk cheeks,” can be a noticeable symptom of repeated bulimia behaviors of purging through vomiting. It happens when the salivary glands become irritated and swollen from the repeated exposure to stomach acid and/or bacteria in the salivary ducts. Th ..read more
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What is the difference between PHP and IOP Eating Disorder Treatment?
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by Walden
1y ago
Exploring the different levels of eating disorder day treatment The options for eating disorder treatment can be overwhelming. We understand that the different names and acronyms may be confusing to navigate, and that is why we’re here to help you understand the options so you can make the right decision for your treatment. While Walden offers 24-hour care in the form of our inpatient and residential programs, we also provide day treatment options through our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP). Learn the differences between PHP and IOP levels of care f ..read more
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Personal Reflection: The Uncharted Territory of Quasi Eating Disorder Recovery  
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by Mary Smucker-Priest
1y ago
The following eating disorder post is a personal account by Boston University student Juliya Hsiang. At Walden, we are proud to support the next generation of eating disorder recovery professionals by including occasional student blog submissions.   According to the Cambridge Dictionary, “quasi” is used to show that something is almost, but not completely, the thing described¹. In reference to eating disorder recovery, quasi-recovery is a point in recovery where you may have had physical restoration (includes weight restoration and/or absence of physical health complications ..read more
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Walden featured in All Things Considered on NPR on Teen Social Media Use Story
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by Walden
1y ago
Teens say social media is stressing them out. Here’s how to help them. About 95% of U.S. teens today use some type of social media, and about a third say they use it “almost constantly,” the Pew Research Center found in August. At the same time, teens and tweens are facing a mental health crisis. And research indicates that these two trends are intertwined: that social media can cause depression and lower life satisfaction. A study on youth insight about social media effects, published in September, reveals a striking awareness about the potential harms social med ..read more
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Guiding teenager’s use of social media
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by Walden
1y ago
For the first time, the American Psychological Association has issued recommendations for guiding teenager’s use of social media. The advisory, released Tuesday, is aimed at teens, parents, teachers and policy makers. Walden’s Bob Keane, Ph.D., LICSW, and Assistant Vice President Inpatient Services, along with Kameron Mendes, LMHC, and Walden’s Clinical Director, Inpatient Services, were featured in an NPR article this week that is being shared widely about the new guidelines. As the negative impacts of social media on mental health become more apparent, the APA is providing a resource for tee ..read more
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How eating disorders are wreaking havoc in the world of dancing  
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by Mary Smucker-Priest
1y ago
The following eating disorder post is a personal account by Boston University student Luyi Chen. At Walden, we are proud to support the next generation of eating disorder recovery professionals by including occasional student blog submissions. As a former ballroom dancer, I have seen firsthand the pressures that dancers face regarding their physical appearance. The casting process in production not only evaluates our dance skills, but also our proportions, weight, and looks. Additionally, despite spending hours perfecting our technique, no education is put on food education, such as what to e ..read more
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What is gender-affirming nutrition care?
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by Walden
1y ago
Though eating disorders can affect anyone regardless of gender identity, data shows  that transgender individuals, or people who identify with a different gender than the one assigned at birth, are at higher risk for eating disorders.1 Gender dysphoria, or the sense of distress that occurs when one’s body feels mismatched with one’s gender identity, can contribute to body image distress. Transgender folx  are also more likely  to experience food insecurity and discrimination, which are linked  to higher rates of eating disorders.1, 2, 3 Due to lack of educated providers and ..read more
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Walden Honors International Transgender Day of Visibility with a Call to Action
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by Walden
1y ago
Transgender Day of Visibility is dedicated to celebrating transgender people and their contributions to society while also raising awareness of discrimination they face worldwide and in our own communities. Today and every day, we celebrate trans people for being who they are and brightening up the world. Discrimination Hasn’t Stopped Anti-trans bills continue to be introduced across the country at a startling rate to block trans people from receiving basic healthcare, education, legal recognition, and the right to publicly exist. There are currently 465 active anti-transgender bills in 44 sta ..read more
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Walden Named Best Online Eating Disorder Therapy for LGBTQIA+ by Verywell Mind
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by Mary Smucker-Priest
1y ago
Walden’s Rainbow Road was recently recognized by Verywell Mind, an award-winning health & wellness resource that reaches 150 million readers each year. The editorial team at Verywell Mind recently updated their list of top online therapy services, and we are proud that Walden was featured among the best! Click here to see the entire list Verywell Mind’s product review process includes market research and interviews with industry experts and healthcare professionals. They also rely on a team of qualified and experienced writers and fact-checkers, as well as their own review ..read more
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