Dieting? A Healthy Approach to Your New Year’s Resolution

  Thank you to Susan Shaw and Wood TV 8 for including Sanford Behavioral Health in their “New Me in 2023” series. Susan’s conversation with Lori Kehoe, Program Director at Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders, about dieting the “eat healthier resolution” was perfectly timed. A couple of weeks into the New Year, folks already […]

The Effects of Eating Disorders on the Whole Body – Limelight Interview

  At Sanford Behavioral Health, we are proud of the team we have assembled, with some of the brightest minds in the behavioral health field. At Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders (SCTED), the interdisciplinary team works to treat the whole person. According to our Limelight interviewee, Amy Boshoven, her “welcoming” teammates have an open-door […]

Why Eating Disorder Awareness Is Important

  An eating disorder can be difficult to spot but can profoundly affect a person’s physical and mental health. Knowing the types of eating disorders, getting help for yourself or someone you love, and being aware of available resources are essential for ensuring that those affected receive the proper treatment.   At Sanford Behavioral Health, […]

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders can significantly impact your long-term health and mental well-being, so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. These conditions can negatively alter a person’s life, increasing their risk of serious medical complications and long-term mental health issues. If you are struggling with an eating disorder, consider contacting Sanford Behavioral Health for […]

5 Signs of an Eating Disorder

An eating disorder is a serious mental health condition affecting millions of people in the United States and worldwide. Understanding the signs of an eating disorder is essential to help yourself or a loved one and access appropriate outpatient treatment options. Sanford Behavioral Health offers comprehensive outpatient treatment programs for eating disorders and can help […]

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Could Parenting Styles Cause Eating Disorders?

Research has shown that children and youth who diet are much more likely to develop eating disorders. In fact, the earlier that dieting begins, the more likely a significant eating disorder can occur. Body positivity begins at home; many parenting ways can help children naturally develop body positivity. It is very normal and expected that […]

8 Positive Affirmations for Eating Disorder Recovery

An eating disorder can be debilitating, making it difficult to recover and maintain healthy eating habits. If you are struggling with an eating disorder, some affirmations can help you on your journey to recovery. With affirmations for eating disorder recovery, you can focus on staying positive, maintaining a healthy mindset, and taking steps toward healing. […]

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Don’t Call it Gym Class: Recreational Therapy for Eating Disorders

  Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, is essential to the comprehensive treatment of those with eating disorders at Sanford Behavioral Health. People seeking treatment may feel lost and disconnected from their identity, values, bodies, and leisure interests because of their eating disorder(s). This is where the recreational therapist steps in as part of […]

Art Therapy: It’s Not What You Think

Art therapy has always been a part of Sanford Behavioral Health’s programming. One of the tenants of art therapists is to ask a group to “show me.” Of course, when asking someone to “show” something, they are asking them to show themselves. Sanford embraces creative expression as a viable and effective framework for treatment.  Because […]

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ARFID – Avoidant Restrictive Food and Intake Disorder

  Avoidant restrictive food and intake disorder (ARFID) is avoidance of food/nutrition. Still, the avoidance is based on fear of choking or vomiting triggered by smells and textures, not anxiety about weight gain. It results in a loss of weight or a failure to gain weight at the rate expected along the developmental trajectory for […]