Melissa Gerson

National Suicide Prevention Month

National Suicide Prevention Month

September 1st marked the start of National Suicide Prevention Month.  According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.  Each day, roughly 123 Americans die by suicide. Every 12 minutes,...

Eating Disorder Treatment: The Least Restrictive Setting

Eating Disorder Treatment: The Least Restrictive Setting

Research on eating disorders consistently highlights that “treatment should be offered in the setting that is least restrictive and best suited to the individual’s needs and preferences.”[i] The outpatient setting (treatment in one’s real-life environment) is the...

Anorexia Nervosa: “Just Eat”

Anorexia Nervosa: “Just Eat”

It may be difficult for many to understand how and why people with anorexia nervosa starve themselves.  A natural response to someone who is malnourished and underweight might be “just eat more!” But eating for someone with anorexia is far more difficult and...

Spotting ED in Your Teen

Spotting ED in Your Teen

Eating Disorders in Teens: How Can Parents Catch Them?   Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening conditions that can become chronic and cause lasting health problems if left untreated.  In spite of the critical nature of eating disorders, they often go...

What Is CBT-E?

What Is CBT-E?

There’s been a great deal of research over the last twenty years as those in the medical community seek to isolate the most effective methods for treating eating disorders.  Consistently, the research comes back to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – and specifically the...

Debunking The 5 Most Common Myths About Maudsley

Debunking The 5 Most Common Myths About Maudsley

Research has demonstrated that Family Based Treatment (FBT)* - also referred to as “Maudsley Treatment” - is more effective for treating Anorexia Nervosa (AN) than any other intervention for patients under 18 years old.   FBT is an intensive outpatient treatment...

Mindfulness vs Distraction While Eating

Mindfulness vs Distraction While Eating

Eating disorder sufferers experience distress before mealtime, during mealtime, after mealtime... In other words, when in the throes of an ED there is little reprieve from food-related fear, anxiety, and preoccupation. With treatment there can be relief from these...

Columbus Park Outcomes Update

Columbus Park Outcomes Update

The most important question consumers should ask when seeking treatment for eating disorders is: “What are your results and how do you measure them?” Consider for a moment, treatments for cancer…  If you were to interview an oncologist about his/her recommended...