teen eating disorders

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Sleep Eating Disorder – Signs, Symptoms, and Treatments

Eating while sleeping is a rare but serious sleep disorder. Here’s what sleep eating disorder is, why sleep eaters are compelled to eat in the middle of the night, and how sleep eating disorders differ from nocturnal eating syndrome. “It’s the most frustrating, defeating feeling to know that you’ve done it again,” says Donna, a sleep eater  in Sleep: A Groundbreaking […]

Can You Heal From Anorexia Nervosa? Tayla’s Story

Healing from anorexia nervosa is a lifelong process for most people. In this article, Tayla describes her experience with an eating disorder – including how she recovered. Thin is Grace Bowman’s memoir of life with anorexia nervosa. An extraordinary story, it is also a common one — is there a woman in the western world who has a normal relationship […]

How to Know If You Have an Eating Disorder

If you obsess about what, when, and how much you eat, do you have an eating disorder? Here are a few signs of unhealthy eating habits, to help you know if you have anorexia or bulimia nervosa. These signs of anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and body dysmorphic disorder could help you recognize an eating disorder — which can then lead to […]

Family Therapy for Teenagers With Anorexia Nervosa

The best treatment for teenagers struggling with anorexia nervosa is family therapy, not individual psychotherapy. Here’s why family therapy is a better treatment for a teen’s eating disorder than individual therapy is. “Family therapy” occurs when parents of teenagers with anorexia nervosa help to interrupt or treat their children’s eating disorder. Family therapy is twice as effective as individual psychotherapy […]

How to Stop Compulsive Eating

These tips on how to stop compulsive eating are inspired by a reader’s request for help. I struggled with an eating disorder for years, and finally worked through my compulsion to eat mindlessly. In 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food, Susan Albers shares a collection of mindfulness skills and practices for relaxing your body when you’re stressed. You’ll learn […]

Should You Tell Your Boyfriend About Your Eating Disorder?

Getting help with an eating disorder often involves telling people. But who? Here’s what happened when one of my readers told her boyfriend about her eating disorder… If you’re struggling to overcome an eating disorder, read Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too. It’ll show you you’re not alone – […]