By: Jessica Ward, MS, RD, CEDRD, Director of Therapeutic Services May is Mental Health Month. Our whole body plays an essential role in our mental health. Furthermore, how we fuel and move our body and fuel our brain can improve our mental health. Our mind and body working together can be a challenging message for…Details
By: Jessica Ward, MS, RD, CEDRD, Director of Therapeutic Services Can’t you just eat is a common question in today’s society. As a Registered Dietitian, food, and eating are near and dear to my heart! I love being able to work with girls and women to help them heal their relationship with food. However, it…Details
An eating disorder can lead to severe health consequences for all systems of the body such as electrolyte imbalance, osteoporosis, and heart issues. Malnourishment leads to vitamin and mineral deficiencies which affect the body and the brain. The lack of absorption of critical nutrients into the body prevents the brain from producing neurotransmitters, or brain…Details
Eating disorders are not a choice; they are not rooted in vanity, they do not discriminate. Eating disorders are a serious mental illness that affects 20 million women, and 10 million men at some point in their lives, and are often fought in silence and shrouded in myths.
Eating disorders are a multi-faceted psychological condition that requires an extensive network of treatment professionals for sustained recovery. Researching treatment providers can be an emotionally difficult time, and at Selah House, it is important for us to provide stability for clients and loved ones in need. There may be times when someone may need treatment;…Details
As with most mental illnesses, including eating disorders, there is a vast amount of misinformation and biases. This distorted information, combined with the stigmatizing attitudes of shame and embarrassment, has permeated our society and hindered treatment. National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is the perfect time to raise awareness, which can lead to a shift in…Details
The theme for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (February 26-March 4) is Let’s Get Real, and NOW is the time to expand the conversation about not only eating disorders, but the impact eating disorders have on American teenagers. Mental illness takes a devastating toll on the individual who is suffering and on the family or…Details
By: Darlene Graham, MA, LMHC, Family and Primary Therapist Families are systems. Although the lone client struggles with the eating disorder, it impacts the entire family in a variety of ways. Treatment which focuses only on the client is incomplete, and can result in quick deterioration if the client is sent back to an environment…Details
by: Darlene Y. Graham, MA, LMHC Dr. Kristen Neff, a leading expert in the field of self-compassion defines it as follows: “Self-compassion is extending compassion to one’s self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering.” In our self-compassion groups at Selah House, I use this definition to invite clients to learn how to give themselves grace. Often a…Details
Several eating disorders share binge and restriction symptoms and appear to be a food-related problem. However, eating disorders have underlying emotional issues manifested through behaviors. Treating an eating disorder is more than learning self-control around food; it also involves managing the emotions and triggers associated with the symptoms.