Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Binge-worthy

Written by Laura Bumberry, PsyD

While I have been out on maternity leave, I have spent my fair share of time catching up on some T.V. shows (yes, I actually just watched Lost for the first time a few months ago).  There were times I even watched several episodes in a row. Terms like “binge watch” and “binge-worthy T.V.” have gained popularity lately, and it has me wondering what kind of impact this might have on those struggling with binge eating, a symptom of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder, as well as our culture as a whole.

In my state of curiosity, I turned to the dictionary. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines a binge as “a short period of time when you do too much of something.” I suppose this definition could describe both a marathon viewing of Orange is the New Black and an episode of binge eating, although there are certainly some significant differences between the two. In other definitions, the term “indulgent” is used frequently. This term greatly misrepresents what those struggling with binge eating experience. To me, the term “indulgent” implies pleasure, and while binge eating may provide soothing for some, it neglects the feelings of compulsion, guilt, shame and disgust that often accompany an episode of binge eating.

The use of terms like “binge-worthy” also encourages a culture of excess. Excessive use of almost anything can become a means of numbing oneself. Whether it is food, alcohol, T.V., shopping, internet use, or something else, these “binges” take us away from life. For some, this may be a welcomed escape and when used for brief periods may provide some stress relief. However, when these behaviors are repetitively used in excess, isolation, loneliness, reduced life satisfaction, and addiction can result.

Does our new use of the terms like “binge watch” and “binge-worthy” both glorify and minimize the seriousness of binge eating or other addictive behaviors? Does it encourage an unhealthy culture of excess? What are your thoughts?

Learn more about our binge eating program at McCallum Place or Webster Wellness Professionals, or by calling 800-828-8158.

Laura Bumberry earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Xavier University with an emphasis on child and adolescent psychology. She is a licensed clinical psychologist at Webster Wellness Professionals and provides treatment services for eating disordered behaviors. Dr. Bumberry has specialized training in evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Family-Based Treatment (FBT), also known as the Maudsley Approach. She treats children, adolescents, and adults, and has specific interest in the relationship between disordered eating, self-injury, and trauma-related issues.

Dr. Bumberry completed her post-doctoral residency at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute’s Eating Disorders Program and Psychology and Religion Program where she provided services for eating disorders and weight management. She completed an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at the Center for Behavioral Medicine in Kansas City, where she assisted in the development and implementation of inpatient DBT services, provided individual and group therapy with an adult inpatient population, and provided outpatient therapy for a variety of child and adolescent issues. She is currently under supervision to become a certified Family-Based Treatment provider. Dr. Bumberry is a member of the American Psychological Association, the St. Louis Psychological Association, and the St. Louis Eating Disorders Network.