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2017 International Conference on Eating Disorders

This month, EDCare had the privilege of attending the 2017 International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED) in Prague, Czech Republic. This annual conference, presented by the Academy for Eating Disorders, is recognized as the premier annual conference for the International Eating Disorder Community.

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Countertransference and the Eating Disorder Therapist: How’s the Therapist Doing?

Whether you are a therapist for an eating disorder program or a therapist who sees a single patient with anorexia nervosa, it is important to recognize and be knowledgeable about the complexities and power of countertransference in the treatment of eating disorders. Treatment often evokes a wide range of emotional responses. It will challenge even the most seasoned therapist.

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Applying Genetic Data and the Temperament Character Inventory to Treatment

By Dr. Tamara Pryor

The integration and utilization of the biological basis of eating disorders and the Temperament Character Inventory (TCI) have become important parts of treatment at EDCare. On admission, each patient takes a computerized version of the TCI that is scored and rated by a trained clinician. The information is an integral part of the assessment data and is used to shape and formulate the treatment plan. Patients are educated regarding the bio-psycho-social model of understanding and treating eating disorders. Genetics data from the Price Foundation Study is explained to help patients and families understand that eating disorders are not “disorders of choice.”

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Addressing mental health in sport: knowing what to pay attention to and how to have uncomfortable conversations

The time has come when it is imperative that coaches, trainers, and all members of an athlete's entourage, recognize their roles in addressing and preventing mental health issues in their athletes.

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10 Ways to Develop a Positive Body Image

EDCare would like to introduce you to healthier and happier ways of looking at yourself and your body. Here are 10 steps to help you feel at peace with your body.

1. Appreciate all that your body can do. Your body is a gift. Celebrate all of the incredible things your body does for you. Have gratitude that your body allows you to breathe, laugh, dream, and much more.

2. Keep a top-ten list of things you like about yourself that are not related to what you look like or how much you weigh. Read your list everyday, and add to it as you realize more and more qualities you love about yourself.

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Beating the Binge: How to Help Fight Binge Eating Disorders

Binge eating disorder—a condition in which people repeatedly eat huge amounts of food (often high-calorie sweets and/or fatty snacks) in a couple of hours or less—affects nearly 10 million American adults. Unlike other common eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, individuals with a binge eating disorder can be normal weight overweight or obese. They feel like they have no control over their behavior and often eat in secret, even when they’re not hungry. In an attempt to take control of their weight, this group often restricts food and calories throughout the day, which often results in binges at night.

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