Judy Scheel, Ph.D., LCSW The search for genetic causes of anorexia and bulimia is a serious and necessary endeavor. Some success has been achieved. But even if a definitive genetic cause is found, it is agreed that there are many components necessary to account for the development of an eating disorder. (see below. ) And […]
The article linked below is by Dr. Judith Brisman, an innovator in the field of eating disorders and body image. Children with Eating Disorders: Are Parents to Blame? www.huffingtonpost.com Every family should take a look at itself and see what is working and what isn’t, to allow for growth, independence, intimacy and exchange with all […]
Dysfunctional family dynamics and confusing or inappropriate patterns of communication can easily emerge, which can leave a child, particularly one predisposed to an eating disorder, feeling insecure, doubtful, and deeply mistrustful. These factors contribute to the development of an eating disorder.
Eating disorders affect not just the person who has it, but every member of that person’s family because, more often than not, the disorder lives with the family. Eating disorders are often a family affair.
At the heart of relationships lies the understanding that separation and loss will occur within all relationships. Eating disorder patients bring a litany of wounding experiences and events into therapy, which signals the presence of pathological loss and increases the difficulty faced when it comes to bonding (attachment issues) and separation. Pathological separation and loss […]