Dr. Susan, Can My Daughter be Helped?

Dr. Susan, Can My Daughter be Helped?

Dear Dr. Susan: I have a 14-year-old daughter, Carol Anne, who self-satisfies with food and who has no concept of her body image. When another student at her school asked her if she was pregnant, she went onto her Facebook site and wrote how “hurt her feelings were that someone would say that to her” and then she accepted the responses (most of which were aimed at assuaging her hurt feelings) as permission to continue her same eating habits. When asked why she thought someone might “mistake her appearance for someone who was…Read more

Attached to Disordered Eating

By Dr. Susan B. Krevoy Attachment is the bond that develops between a mother and child over time as a result of consistent, appropriate, reliable caretaking. The child grows up feeling secure and protected and is able to acquire the necessary emotional, cognitive and psychological skills that will aid in the development of a strong sense of self. What happens when you don’t develop a sense of a secure base in childhood? When you don’t develop a sense of trust that the important people in your life will be there when you need…Read more
Eating Disorders are Treatable!

Eating Disorders are Treatable!

by: Dr. Susan B Krevoy I have found that many who suffer from eating disorders feel isolated and alone in their struggle. If this is the case for you, I assure you that you are not alone. The first step is always the most difficult and fraught with the most ambivalence. Our program will both challenge you and lift your spirits. Eating disorders are complex and complicated diseases and it is sure to be difficult at times. I have been working with eating disorders for over twenty years and I have seen many…Read more
The Role of the Family in Eating Disorder Recovery

The Role of the Family in Eating Disorder Recovery

Written by: Sacha Bollas, Psy.D. Clinical Staff of the Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorders Program The goal of family therapy is to establish roles that promote individuality and autonomy while maintaining a sense of family cohesion. Parents, siblings, grandparents, are all deeply affected by the presence of an eating disorder within the family system. Many family members may feel powerless and frustrated when faced with a loved one’s eating disorder, but family therapy allows them to investigate how the eating disorder has affected their own lives and how they can be supportive throughout…Read more