Weight Gain in Bulimia Recovery

Weight gain in bulimia recovery

by Elisha Carcieri, Ph.D., therapist at EDTLA One of the hallmark features of eating disorders is placing a high value on body weight and shape in determining one’s self-worth. In addition, people with eating disorders often believe that body shape and weight can be controlled through diet, exercise, or, in the case of bulimia nervosa, …

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Is the (Eating Disorder) Treatment Your Child is Getting FBT?

Family-based treatment FBT for eating disorders [Image description: a teen girl sits at a meal with parents on either side and a younger brother and a dog]

When new families talk to me about Family-Based Treatment (FBT), I often find that they are confused about what it is and what it isn’t. FBT is a type of evidence-based treatment for teen eating disorders. This treatment was developed at the Maudsley Hospital in London in the 1970s and 1980s; Doctors Lock and Le …

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Sleep: Monitoring and treatment of insomnia without drugs

insomnia treatment without drugs

By Elisha Carcieri, Ph.D. “A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.” Charlotte Bronte In our self-obsessed culture, monitoring and tracking heartbeat, steps, exercise, food intake, and sleep is commonplace. My sister has recently been tracking her sleep using an app on her smartphone, and she encouraged me to do it too. My first response was, …

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Condiments, the Final Frontier of Eating Disorder Recovery

By Katie Grubiak, RDN, Director of Nutrition Services Katherine Grubiak is a Registered Dietitian with a focus on blending Western & Eastern philosophies regarding nutritional healing.                                     In our work with clients with eating disorders, we help them to …

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My work in Shanghai with clients from all over the world

Eight years ago this month, I moved to Shanghai for a 2.5 year assignment.  I have been meaning to share my reflections.  Here they are: I had been working at Los Angeles County Jail for nearly 10 years when my husband’s business plan for a site-based English Language Learning Children’s business in China got funded …

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For Teens With Bulimia, Family Based Treatment is Recommended

Teens With Bulimia Family Based Treatment

My original eating disorder training began in 1991 with learning Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for bulimia nervosa (BN) under G. Terence Wilson, the co-author with Dr. Christopher G. Fairburn, of the treatment approach that preceded CBT-E. In 2010 I underwent training in Family Based Treatment (FBT) for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and became certified in …

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Look before you leap: Binge Eating Disorder, Vyvanse, and evidence-based psychotherapies

Guest post by Elisha M. Carcieri, Ph.D.  Binge eating disorder (BED) has been making headlines with the recent announcement that the FDA has approved lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse) for the treatment of BED. So, what is BED, how is it treated, and what does this new treatment option mean for persons with BED? What is Binge Eating …

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AED Tweetchat on Diabulimia

I have to admit that, when a colleague on the Academy for Eating Disorder Social Media Committee that I was co-chairing proposed “diabulimia” as an idea for a tweetchat, I was not particularly excited.  As an eating disorder specialist in outpatient private practice, I have not professionally encountered clients with diabetes and eating disorders. Since …

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Empirically Validated Treatments

Empirically Validated Treatments For Eating Disorders Today’s Los Angeles Times contained an article which highlights Family Based Treatment and Cognitive Behavioral Treatment, two treatments I provide: Today, doctors and therapists focus on a handful of treatments that have been validated by clinical studies. For teens with anorexia, the first-line treatment is something called family-based therapy, …

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