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It’s okay to take time off school to recover

School has just begun, and already we are seeing a number of clients in high school, college, and graduate school seeking eating disorder treatment at our program. Many require partial day, residential, or inpatient treatment. But our recommendations for level of care...

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The Power of a Father

“They don’t love him. They fear him. That’s the difference.” This line was delivered by Lorenzo, played by Robert De Niro, in the film A Bronx Tale as he tries to help his nine-year-old son understand the difference between a gangster, Sunny, who appears to be “loved”...

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Danger Of Social Media

We are slaves to social media. Twitter. Facebook. Instagram. YouTube. These are less than handful of the ones that exhaust our data on cell phones and tablets. Every like of a post gives us a little dopamine push in our brain. Every post we find distasteful raises our...

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Your young athlete and eating disorders

I recall being 10 years old, standing on the pitching mound of a little league field and chucking my best fastball to Daniel behind the plate. Swing and a miss! It was good fun. We got dirty, learned teamwork, self-esteem was built, and athletic skills were enhanced...

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Rolling with the wave of resistance

Your kid has an eating disorder. You know it. They know it. Friends and family know it. But your child just doesn’t want to get better. It’s the most common phenomenon in eating disorders treatment. Let me help you understand what this is like for them. Your child,...

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Bullying of a little boy leads to his suicide

Daniel Fitzpatrick was a young boy, age 13, who lived in Staten Island with his family until he killed himself. He was the victim of bullying by his classmates and teachers alike. First it was about being heavy, then about his grades, and eventually about his...

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Midlife eating disorders

My mother has never been happy in her body. From the time she was 12 years old in 1952 and developed anorexia to her mid-70s now as a cyclical binge eater and restrictor, she has been unable to look at her body or the number on a scale and hear a kind word in her own...

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Cultural issues in getting treatment

One of things we struggle with as professionals is bridging the divide between the cultural norms of a family and how that allows an adolescent’s eating disorder to flourish. As a social worker by training, I spent much of my graduate education emphasizing respect for...

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