Overcoming Disordered Eating

How To Tell If You Have An Eating Disorder

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 18, 2023 |

Diagnosing an eating disorder is hard. Symptoms are hidden, by design. And you can’t tell just by looking at someone if they have an eating disorder. So then how do you know if someone has an eating disorder? For that matter, how can you tell if you have an eating disorder? Let’s be honest. Denial…

16 Eating Disorder Behaviors Every Parent Should Be Able to Recognize

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 21, 2022 |

Parenthood, by its very nature, opens the floodgates of attention to issues and responsibilities you may never consider otherwise. Car seats, potty-training schedules, childproofing everything in your home, monitoring social media activity – the list grows as your child grows. So don’t despair of your parenting skills if “researching eating disorder behaviors” doesn’t top your…

Why CBT For Eating Disorders Works Well For HSPs

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | November 12, 2022 |

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a highly effective psychological treatment approach. It’s considered the gold standard for treating eating disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, insomnia, and many other psychological conditions and illnesses. This discussion is about why CBT for eating disorders works well for Highly Sensitive People (HSPs). Let’s start with the basics. What…

When Is An Eating Disorder Intervention A Good Idea?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | September 19, 2022 |

In the world of addiction treatment, interventions allow concerned friends and family to meet with and confront a loved one engaging in addictive behaviors. Upfront. Direct. Nothing held back. Properly executed and strategically timed, an intervention can be helpful with an addiction such as alcohol or drugs. Eating disorders, however, are not an addiction. So…

7 Reasons There Is A Prevalence Of Eating Disorders Among HSPs

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | September 1, 2022 |

Eating disorders are equal-opportunity destroyers. Their sufferers develop them for many different reasons. Risk factors from psychology, biology, and genetics combine with culture to create a perfect storm. And wow, what a storm it is, especially for Highly Sensitive People (HSPs). Understanding the reasons behind the prevalence of eating disorders among HSPs comes down to…

How To Know When Eating Disorder Inpatient Treatment Is Required

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | July 18, 2022 |

More often than you might think, people with eating disorders don’t recognize or acknowledge they have a problem. They may be full-blown into eating disorder behaviors while turning a blind eye to how severely ill they are. . Getting treatment for an eating disorder, therefore, can be difficult. And recognizing when eating disorder inpatient treatment…

A girls face, laying on a watermelon that is among other melons She looks as if she may have an eating disorder and be suffering from the effects.

3 Major Consequences Of Untreated Eating Disorders & The Delusion that Leads To Them

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 13, 2022 |

The very real consequences of eating disorders– especially if left untreated — wreak havoc with body, mind, and spirit. Messages involving false promises bombard us. The essence of the messages is that dieting and exercise will let you live longer and be happier. For people with an eating disorder, the message is reconfigured and taken…

A photo of a girl with her hands covering her face, as she is laying down, representing signs of a eating disorder a parent should identify

The Big 5 Early Signs Of An Eating Disorder And The Many Ways They Show Up. A Must-Read For Every Parent!

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 22, 2022 |

Eating disorders are insidious. They hide behind social media, dating, fitness-conscious workouts, and bathroom doors. By the time parents catch on, the challenge of catching up can be overwhelming…and consequential. It’s therefore important – imperative, really – that all parents become educated about the early signs of an eating disorder.  Indicators of eating disorders are…

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What Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Looks Like

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 14, 2022 |

Relationships are mysterious things. Even the obvious ones that define our commitments and priorities can be enigmatic. But there are relationships we often don’t recognize as “relationships,” despite their behavioral influence in our lives. Money, work, food, to name a few – they are all reflective messages of often confined emotions. Binge eating, for example,…

the naked torso of a woman demonstrates possible signs and symptoms of eating disorders

40 Common Signs And Symptoms Of Eating Disorders

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 14, 2021 |

Common signs and symptoms of eating disorders can be tough to recognize. They’re sneaky, subtle, and often socially accepted.  Distinguishing between what’s “normal” and what’s indicative or symptomatic of a disorder is difficult. Thanks a lot, Diet Culture. (Trigger warning.) Eating disorders involve so much more than food. They’re not about vanity or attention-seeking. Eating…

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