May 16, 2012

Avoid Conflict Avoidance

Sitting in my office is a father of an adolescent girl who had severe anorexia. The anorexia had been compounded by the fact that the husband and wife were separated. The marriage fell apart when the husband announced that he had another woman and he was undecided where he wanted to go with his marriage.
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May 11, 2012

The Problem with the Best Friend

Following from our previous blog, women using their best friends to vent their relationship problems to can be a form of conflict avoidance and can increase problems within the partnership.

Women often tend to spend time with their girlfriends complaining about their partner. (more…)

April 28, 2012

The Marshmallow Mother

Describing her self as a “marshmallow,’” Cindy, a mother with a chronic eating disorder came to me with the complaint that she had no control over her four children. The more difficult they became, the more her eating problems worsened.
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April 17, 2012

Perfection is the Enemy

“Perfection is the enemy” is an old saying in business that can be both inspirational and a challenge. It is the same in eating disorders.
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March 26, 2012

Suggestions When Your Loved One Refuses Care

I have received a number of emails asking about friends and family who clearly have an eating disorder, even a severe one, but they continue to refuse care. While each case clearly has some different dimensions, in my experience some of the following things can help: (more…)

March 16, 2012

What needs to change?

Fiona is a young woman who had bulimia for over 20 years. She kept it a secret; it was her own private hell.
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February 21, 2012

Feeling Trapped

A young woman in her early twenties had been living with controlled bulimia for a number of years. All of a sudden it became out of control and she began bingeing and purging multiple times a day.
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January 27, 2012

General Systems Theory and Eating Disorders.

General systems theory refers to the inter-connectivity of all things. This theory developed in the middle part of the last century; it states that everything is connected.
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January 20, 2012

Taking Care of Your Healthcare

There has been an increasing movement over the last few years of patients and families taking more control of their own health. (more…)

January 13, 2012

Two Week Challenge

Change is difficult for everybody. Trying to change long term behavioural patterns, such as eating disorders, can seem impossible. The Two Week Challenge can help. (more…)

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