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Okay, I broke through my denial and I’ve noticed my relapse into old thoughts and behaviors. I’ve thrown away my scale and thus dismantled the urge to weigh myself obsessively. I have assembled my treatment team, consisting of a therapist and nutritionist who both specialize in eating disorders and my psychiatrist. Recovery is personal, but […]
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Your recovery environment is essential to recovery. In my last blog I wrote about a recent lapse with restriction. I spoke about action steps I took to get back on track, including reaching out to my support system and using exposure therapy to increase my food intake. One of the obstacles to my recovery was […]
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It can be uncomfortable to share when you are struggling, especially when you are a therapist, however this blog is about real life and real recovery from eating disorders. Real recovery is messy. Over the past few months I have regressed. I have been restricting as a maladaptive way to deal with my emotions of […]
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  As I look back on my recovery, I’ve identified some key aspects that helped me to silence the eating disorder voice. My eating disorder voice was at times deafening and my healthy voice was trampled by the loud volume. With recovery I was able to slowly nurture my healthy voice and move past my […]
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In recovery from anorexia and bulimia it is important to think about what you are recovering to- to have some type of vision board or to have ideas in your head about what life will be in your journey of recovery. Once the eating disorder voice is silenced and you step back into life what are […]
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  Self-compassion is a part of healing. Too often we beat ourselves up for every little mistake we make or we criticize ourselves if we don’t feel like we are measuring up to others. Maybe you whisper “stupid” to yourself when you do something wrong or yell “I’m so useless” when you are having a […]
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Recovering from and Living a Full Life a.. by Meredith O'brien - 1y ago
  When I was struggling with anorexia I was unaware of all the areas in my life that were out of control. I would restrict all day and binge and purge at night. I would over-exercise, up to 2-3 hours per day. I would be unable to sleep since I was fraught with anxiety. I […]
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One of my jobs as a therapist is to educate. At the core I am a compassionate teacher and empathic listener. Over the past few weeks I have had the privilege to meet with my some of my client’s parents to educate them about eating disorders. Families can be tremendously supportive to their children as […]
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  Do you know what the best part of Christmas this year was? The family photo. This year while my cousins were putting on their jackets to leave on x-mas eve, someone yelled out “wait-we did not take a family picture.” So the jackets came off and my entire family gathered by the fireplace. My […]
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