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Every day at The Recover Clinic brings new experiences, challenges and emotions in the battle to overcome eating disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Hear from our therapists, our clients, and others struggling with these illnesses as they share their stories and advice.

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Coping with Christmas with an Eating Disorder

Coping with Christmas with an Eating Disorder

Coping with Christmas with an Eating Disorder

Christmas, with its focus on family, food and disruption of everyday routine can be a particularly stressful time of the year if you are suffering from an eating disorder. For example, you may be expected to eat meals with relatives or friends who are less aware of your struggles, leading to increased distress anxiety at meal times. Therefore, we have created 25 …

Bullying and Eating Disorders

Bullying and Eating Disorders

Bullying and Eating Disorders

This week (17th November -24th November) is Anti-Bullying Week, which aims to stop bullying by spreading awareness and educating those who support and work with children.   As many as 77% of children have admitted to being the victim of bullying at some point in their life. The effects of bullying include increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in …

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) as a treatment for eating disorders is a relatively recent therapy with increasing amounts of success. This therapy postulates that most forms of psychological distress are linked to ‘experiential avoidance’. This refers to attempting to avoid painful situations and getting rid of disturbing or distressing thoughts and feelings. Eating disorder behavior may therefore be a …

Extending Kindness & Expressing Gratitude

Extending Kindness & Expressing Gratitude

Extending Kindness & Expressing Gratitude

Many of those struggling with eating disorders are plagued by negative thoughts drawing attention away from the positive aspects of their lives. It’s easy for an onlooker to say ‘think positive’ but achieving this may seem more difficult. Extending kindness and expressing gratitude should be part of our daily to-do list. Embodying an attitude of gratitude and being compassionate to …

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Body Clocks & Sleep

Body Clocks & Sleep

Body Clocks & Sleep

With the clocks having just changed, talking about our body clocks seems only appropriate.  Your body clock allows you to regulate between day and night.  It regulates timing of periods of sleepiness and wakefulness throughout the day synchronising the sleep cycle therefore enabling you to sleep when you’re supposed to be sleeping, rather than sleeping all day.   Our biological …

The Pressures of University

The Pressures of University

The Pressures of University

It’s probably fair to say we’ve all experienced stress on a variety of different levels from deciding what to wear, to panicking about deadlines.  While coming to university can be exciting and fun for some, for others it may be lonely, isolating and highly stressful.   You may feel like you’re juggling a lot: moving away from home, meeting new …

A’s Happiness list

A’s Happiness list

A’s Happiness list

          The wonderfully talented Lyndsay Roberts, our art therapy clinician, asked her Wednesday group to write a list of 100 things that made them happy for their homework that week.  One of my patients attends that group and I had the absolute pleasure of listening to her list. This list made my smile, laugh out loud and …