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Holiday stress and eating disorders treatment (Examiner.com)

Chief Marketing Officer Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post "Holiday stress and eating disorders treatment": While the holidays can be a joyous time of year, seasonal gatherings, traditions and obligations can also be a source of stress than can intensify eating disordered thoughts and behaviors. However, despite the increased stress associated with this time of year, and the increased eating disordered thoughts and behaviors that often accompany this stress, many patients and families opt to delay seeking eating disorder treatment until “after the holidays” to avoid disruption of plans or departure from holiday traditions. “This tendency to put off treatment during the holiday season is not specific to eating disorders—it is common with many medical and psychiatric illnesses warranting intensive treatment to restore health,” explains Jeana Cost, MS, NCC, Director of Admissions at Eating Recovery Center, an international center providing the full spectrum of eating disorders treatment to male and female adults, adolescents and children. “However, it is important that individuals, friends and families understand that postponing eating disorder treatment may further jeopardize one’s mental and physical status.”... Visit her blog to read the article in its entirety.

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