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.
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…)
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.
“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.
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…)
Fiona is a young woman who had bulimia for over 20 years. She kept it a secret; it was her own private hell.
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.
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.
There has been an increasing movement over the last few years of patients and families taking more control of their own health. (more…)
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…)