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  • Breaking Through Denial

    My eating disorder lives inside me. It’s my friend and my enemy. It’s my disorder and it is ME. I can’t separate myself, but I don’t want to live with it anymore, but I can’t imagine how I will survive without it. I want help, and even ask for it. At times I am right at the door to make the change that could save my life – give me life, I have no life, not really – I could have a chance. I walk away and the noise gets so loud. It’s my eating disorder breaking down every bit of possibility for something different. I wonder why. I know I am afraid. Afraid to let go of my eating disorder.

  • Eating Disorders Do Not Go On Vacation

    When we hear the phrase “Summer Vacation” it generally brings a sense of calm, freedom, and release. What’s the first thing you think about when you hear that phrase? Growing up, it was music to my ears - No homework, no bedtime, time with friends, and no real responsibilities other than some chores around the house. As I got older, summer vacation turned into bonding time with my eating disorder.

  • Eating Disorders in College

    Starting college is an exciting part of a young person’s life. It is a time of intense change. You’re leaving your family, moving to a new place where you don’t know many or any people. You want to make a good first impression. You want to do well in school. You want to make your family proud. All of these experiences and feelings are normal.

  • Making It through the Holidays with an Eating Disorder

    Making It through the Holidays with an Eating Disorder

  • Video: Treatment for Bulimia Nervosa - Spanish Version

    Join us with special guest Jeannette Rojas, LASAC, CADAC II, CEDS, Executive Program Director at Rebecca’s House Eating Disorder Treatment Programs, as she discusses effective treatments for Bulimia Nervosa. 

  • Eating disorders in the US

    Eating Disorders in the US: Types, Symptoms, and Treatments

    “I try so hard to be so perfect. I am a good student and do a great job at work, but no one knows how hard it is for me. I try to concentrate on my work, but I keep having these obsessive thoughts about how fat I am. I get on the scale and have only lost one pound. I just want to lose five more pounds. I thought when I got to this weight I would be skinny enough, but now that I’m there I still need to lose more.”

  • PTSD as a Co-Occurring Issue with Eating Disorders

    By Rebecca Cooper, LMFT, LPCC, CEDS, Author, Founder, Rebecca’s House Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

    The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals. The diagnostic criteria for PTSD is the result of one or more of the following scenarios:

  • Art Therapy for ED Sufferers Recovering from Trauma

    Contributed By: Rebecca Cooper, LMFT, LPCC, CEDS, Author, Founder

    People with eating disorders often struggle with identifying feelings. In fact, the eating disorder it often an attempt to suppress feelings of rage, depression, anxiety, loss, and powerlessness.

    Art therapy allows these feelings to safely emerge on the paper while providing new insights and awareness. Art therapy provides freedom of expression and promotes self-efficacy.

    An Important Part of Therapy

  • Celebrity Eating Disorders

    The shame, guilt and misunderstanding of eating disorders makes it hard for anyone to come forward to get help, but it is so much harder for a public figure to do so. Celebrities may put their fame, career and acting opportunities on the line and open themselves to, ridicule and criticism if they disclose they have an eating disorder. Some will die as a result.

  • Ask the Experts: Dropping Baby Weight

    Rebecca Cooper on Ask the Experts at Parenting OC

    Q: [Mom] I recently had my first baby and the weight is not coming off fast enough. I find myself having thoughts about drastic weight loss options. What are some healthy ways that I can lose the weight and feel OK both physically and mentally?

    A: “Drastic” can have several meanings, but I have had patients who have dieted, restricted, exercised to extreme measures, purged and have had bariatric surgeries trying to lose weight. None of these options held long-term results for my patients.

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