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Healing Self Judgment with Improvisation

Written by Rachel Makorsky, LCSW, Therapist at McCallum Place Austin Many of us have experienced self-judgment and self-critical thinking. It does not feel good. For clients suffering from an eating disorder, self-judgment can be a common challenge. Currently at McCallum Place Austin, we facilitate an innovative group called “Therapeutic Improvisation.” The rules, skills and lessons … Read More

Cardiovascular Complications of Eating Disorders

Cardiovascular complications of eating disorders are common and can be very serious.  They may present with chest pain.  It is important to determine if this symptom is coming from the heart or from another cause such as gastroesophageal reflux, muscular strain or anxiety.  As patients with anorexia lose weight, they lose muscle mass, both of … Read More

Time Management in Adolescents during Eating Disorder Treatment

Written by Julie Rami and Nancy Anderson During adolescence, the brain is growing and building neural pathways faster than any other time in life.   A teen’s capacity to learn is at its maximum but the planning, organizing, and self control skills haven’t caught up yet.   During the school year the tutoring room is very busy … Read More

Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States

McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers in St. Louis now offers a program for binge eating disorder patients 30%-40% of patients seeking weight loss can be clinically diagnosed with binge eating disorder.1 Patients who struggle with Binge eating disorder eat a much larger portion of food in a shorter period of time than normal and endorse feeling … Read More

McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers are celebrating National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers will be observing the National Eating Disorder Association’s Awareness week February 23-March 1st, 2014. NEDA’s week-long event encourages and promotes eating disorder education, events and outreach in local communities to help spread awareness about this mental health disease and the 24 million individuals diagnosed with eating disorders.1 McCallum Place Eating … Read More

Olympians and Eating Disorders

Ron Thompson, PhD, Co-Director of The Victory Program at McCallum Place As the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia approach, people in nations around the world are excited about watching the performances of some of the world’s greatest athletes. Most of us assume that these world class athletes are “healthy,” based on the fact … Read More

Holiday Stress Complicated by an Eating Disorder?

Helpful Tips for Individuals, Family members, Friends, and Loved-Ones Daisy Thompson, LMSW, Cedar Springs Austin For many, the thought of family gatherings, holiday feasts, school plays, and pumpkin-spice lattes, generate feelings of warmth and excitement as the winter holiday season approaches. However, those same images which initially bring sentiments of joy and hope, may give … Read More

McCallum Place Eating Disorder Treatment Center offers options for adolescents with eating disorders.

Lisa Sokolik Director of Business Development and Strategic Marketing McCallum Eating Disorder Recovery Centers At least 6 percent of youth have an eating disorder, according to figures cited in a recent study. Additionally, more than half of high school girls and 30 percent of high school boys have engaged in disordered eating behaviors, like fasting … Read More

The Only Way Out is Through – Part Two

Exposure and Response Prevention and Eating Disorders John Rapp, LCSW Therapist, McCallum Place As mentioned in Part 1 we looked at the core concepts of Exposure with Response Prevention and why it is critical to healing from anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating. In the following paragraphs we will explore the central role of habituation and how … Read More