Pamela Polizzi, LCSW

Discovering Self through Eating Disorder Recovery: An Interview with Pamela Polizzi, LCSW

In high school, Pam suffered from an eating disorder. As she began to pursue recovery, she recognized that the fashion world was not a good fit for her: “I knew I would never fully recover if I was in a profession where the societal standards of beauty were solely based on a woman’s size, leading to an unattainable determination of one’s worth. Although I love fashion, it wasn’t a healthy choice for me to be in the field.”

Health at Every Size for Eating Disorder Recovery: An Interview with Hayley Miller, MS, LPC, RD

Hayley first imagined herself becoming a veterinarian, and then a surgeon. But, witnessing family members struggle with chronic medical issues related to their diet, she was ultimately inspired to become a dietitian.
anpet2000

Education and Eating Disorders: 5 Challenges and 5 Strategies

Students with eating disorders often develop a complicated relationship between their education and their health. On campuses, comparisons among peers (of both appearance and academic standing) and high performance expectations breed perfectionism, a hallmark quality for many eating disorders. It’s both normal and encouraged to prioritize academic achievement over sleep, food, and other self-caring activities.

The Realities of Eating Disorder Recovery: A Recovered Provider’s Story

Prior to becoming a psychotherapist and recovery coach at Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists (EDRS), Whitney McMullan was treated for an eating disorder herself. She never imagined she would eventually enter the field of eating disorder treatment as a provider, but now cherishes the benefits—for both herself and her clients—of her first-hand understanding.
Ice Cream Cone

Like Food, Like Finance: How Eating Disordered Behaviors Manifest in Money

But on that particular afternoon, I was paralyzed by my restrictive habits. The fear wasn’t about the food this time, though—it was about the money. A cone costs twice as much as a cup, which holds an equivalent amount of gelato…
Skinny Crazy Small

SkinnyCrazySmall: Bringing Anorexia Center Stage

Sylvie based the piece on her personal experience with anorexia, and cleverly integrates her story with the stories of famous women throughout history who have also struggled with the disorder like singer Karen Carpenter and psychoanalyst Anna Freud.
Group Work

Recovery is Relational: The Power of Group Work in Eating Disorder Healing

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Eating disorders are notoriously challenging to treat, because they are so multi-faceted: they derive from emotional, psychological, physiological, social, and cultural influences.
Marlee Roberts

Little Miss Perfect: An Adolescent’s Descent into Anorexia

Little Miss Perfect takes place over the course of Belle’s freshman year, tracking her descent into the grips of anorexia nervosa, the psychiatric disorder that currently holds the highest mortality rate.
Getting Grounded in Winter

Getting Grounded in Winter

Often in these cold months, we find ourselves affected by what is called “Vata-excess” in Ayurveda (a mind-body health system developed in ancient India which translates as “the science of life”). It can often feel difficult getting grounded in winter. The external conditions of the season -- short days, chilly temperatures, and dry weather -- directly impact our internal climate, making us prone to feel more frazzled, snippy, and in our heads.
Intention in Recovery

The Power of Intention in Recovery

Recently my friend Kayleigh told me about the greatest turning point in her life: seven years ago, she realized that her fervent mission to live a life of achievement was causing her unhappiness and poor health. “Achievement wasn’t the right intention for me,” she admitted. “So I shifted my intention to living a life of peace.” Intention in recovery is powerful.