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Eating Disorder Residential Treatment: Realistic Goals versus Fantasies

Eating Disorder Residential Treatment: Realistic Goals versus Fantasies

Eating disorder residential treatment: fantasies versus goals


A worried mother called me this morning deeply concerned about her 25 year old daughter. She's looking for a perfect eating disorder residential treatment program. The daughter compulsively overeats and is obese. My concern is that they don't seem to understand the difference between a goal and a fantasy.

Both mother and daughter are looking for an in-patient program that will get the young woman into recovery. They believe the right program will bring the daughter weight loss, a compulsive overeating cure and a happy life free of food compulsions 

Sexual Exploitation of Adult Women with Eating Disorders

Sexual Exploitation of Adult Women with Eating Disorders
Sexual Exploitation and Vulnerable Women's Fantasies

Often in my practice a new patient comes in with a distorted perception of the sexual exploitation in her life. She may have a stalker. She may have a boyfriend or husband who manipulates and uses her sexually. Sometimes she knows it and is afraid. Sometimes she knows it and feels ashamed she can't live up to his expectations.

Binge Eat or Starve: Importance of an Eating Schedule

Binge Eat or Starve: Importance of an Eating Schedule
Binge Eating or Starving: Why an eating schedule helps


An eating schedule, a regular and reliable timing for providing yourself with life sustaining nourishment is essential for all living beings.  For eating disorder recovery to begin and last, the first challenge is to accept yourself as a human being. That may sound obvious and absurd to even mention. But, if you binge eat you must eat. If you starve you must eat. If you purge you must eat. If you want recovery you have to eat.

Stabilize Anxiety through Self-Care

Stabilize Anxiety through Self-Care: Benefit You and Others*pix Your health, strength, courage and will can spread healing love in this world.  Stay committed to your recovery. The world needs you.

Anxiety: How Does Self-Care Help?

Anxiety, financial crises, economic uncertainty, incurable illness, quarantine and death penetrates the bubble of safety and security now. Coronavirus, stock market plummeting, travel limited, no clear leadership, conflicting perspectives in duration and consequences. 

This disruptive state is enough to trigger binge eating and anxiety attacks. 

In the face of such powerful disrupters, what can we for ourselves and others?

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