New name, expanded programming: The Moore Center is now Eating Recovery Center of Washington
The Moore Center, Washington’s longest-established eating disorder treatment center, has been renamed Eating Recovery Center of Washington to more effectively communicate the breadth of services offered at Eating Recovery Center’s Washington-based locations.
In July 2012, Eating Recovery Center partnered with The Moore Center with the intention of expanding access to comprehensive eating disorders treatment in the Pacific Northwest. In May 2014, Eating Recovery Center opened a Residential program in Washington. The Residential program was named Eating Recovery Center of Washington due to the 24-hour care and level of expertise and experience inherent in Eating Recovery Center’s Residential treatment model.
“After opening the Residential program, we realized having two names was confusing to referral sources, patients and families,” explains Eating Recovery Center Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ken Weiner. “Dr. Mehri Moore, founder of The Moore Center, did a fabulous job building the Center. As she transitioned out of her previous role, everyone agreed that a name change made sense.”
“I am confident that Dr. Moore’s legacy will be felt far beyond her name,” added Eating Recovery Center of Washington’s Executive Clinical Director, Lisa Geraud. “Her imprint on this comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment center will be forever felt as we honor her endeavor to provide several levels of care to meet the individual needs of people in our region experiencing eating disorders.”
Located in Bellevue, Washington, Eating Recovery Center of Washington provides a high level of eating disorder treatment to adolescent and adult female and male patients. Beyond the name change, all other aspects of the treatment center will remain the same:
- Comprehensive and medically-supervised eating disorders treatment
- Evidence-based therapeutic interventions
- Acknowledgement and addressing of co-occurring illnesses
- Engagement of families in the recovery process
- Support for program alumni at all stages of the recovery journey
Eating Recovery Center of Washington will continue to work closely to develop and implement innovative, evidence-based treatment strategies with Eating Recovery Center’s medical and clinical leadership: Drs. Ken Weiner, Craig Johnson, Emmett Bishop, Philip Mehler and Ovidio Bermudez, whose combined expertise represents over 156 years of specific eating disorders experience.
Eating Recovery Center’s Denver-based behavioral hospitals – the Behavioral Hospital for Adults and the Behavioral Hospital for Children and Adolescents – will continue to serve as a resource for Eating Recovery Center of Washington patients requiring a higher level of Inpatient care.
Eating Recovery Center’s Emmett R. Bishop, Jr., MD, FAED, CEDS Awarded Prestigious CEDS Lifetime Achievement Award at iaedp™ Symposium 2014
Denver-based Eating Disorder Treatment Expert Receives Coveted Honor in Recognition of His Achievements and Leadership in the Field of Eating Disorders
Emmett R. Bishop, Jr., MD, FAED, CEDS, Founding Partner and Medical Director of Outpatient Services and Program Development at Denver-based Eating Recovery Center, has been awarded the CEDS Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Bishop was selected as the recipient of this prestigious honor in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of eating disorder treatment, as well as his many years of leadership and contributions to the success, goals and mission of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation, Inc. (iaedp™). The award was presented to Dr. Bishop at the recent iaedp™ Symposium 2014 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
“Dr. Bishop has contributed greatly to the evidence base in eating disorder treatment and pioneered cutting-edge therapeutic interventions to address these complex illnesses,” explains Julie Holland, MHS, CEDS, Chief Marketing Officer of Eating Recovery Center. Holland served as iaedp™ Certification Director for over 11 years, and was instrumental in the development of the Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) certification, after which the award is named. “In addition, Dr. Bishop has been committed to supporting and educating the community of eating disorder professionals, demonstrated in part by his involvement in and leadership of iaedp™ throughout the years.”
Dr. Bishop has more than 30 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders. In 2008, he founded Eating Recovery Center, an international eating disorder treatment center offering the full spectrum of care for female and male adults, adolescents and children, and served as Medical Director of Adult Services for five years before transitioning into his current medical leadership role. In addition to its comprehensive Denver-based treatment programs offering the full spectrum of eating disorders care, Eating Recovery Center provides centers of excellence for the treatment of eating disorders across the country. Sacramento-based Eating Recovery Center of California offers Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services, as well as Outpatient Services in Fresno; The Moore Center offers Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Step-Down Services in Bellevue, Washington; and Insight Behavioral Health Centers offer comprehensive outpatient programming for eating disorders, as well as evidence-based treatment for obesity, mood and anxiety disorders at five Chicago area treatment centers.
Prior to his leadership of Eating Recovery Center, Dr. Bishop oversaw several eating disorder treatment programs, served as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Undergraduate Education in Psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia, and completed research in psychosomatic medicine, psychotropic medications and eating disorders. He has authored numerous articles, lectures widely on eating disorders, psychotropic medications and bariatric surgery evaluation protocol, and is sought after as a consultant and advisor on bariatric psychological assessment.
Dr. Bishop served on the Board of Directors of iaedp™ since 1993 and is a past President. He has been a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders since its inception in 1993, and currently serves as an Academy Fellow. Dr. Bishop has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Eating Disorders Journal of Treatment and Prevention and has been an editorial reviewer for the American Journal of Psychiatry, as well as other professional journals.
Eating Recovery Center’s Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer Ken Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS, spoke to “Staying Well’s” Melanie Cole on RadioMD on the rising prevalence of eating disorders in men. Click on the link below to listen to the radio segment or click here to visit the site directly.
In an effort to increase access to residential eating disorders treatment in the Northwest, Eating Recovery Center has partnered with The Moore Center to expand its 24-hour treatment program for male and female adults and adolescents.
Opening in Spring 2014, Eating Recovery Center of Washington will be a 24-bed Residential program located in close proximity to Eating Recovery Center of Washington on the Overlake Hospital Medical Campus in Bellevue, WA. Eating Recovery Center of Washington’s program will mirror Eating Recovery Center’s Residential programs for adults and adolescents in Denver, Colorado, which were created and are overseen by internationally recognized eating disorders treatment experts Drs. Kenneth Weiner, Craig Johnson, Emmett Bishop and Ovidio Bermudez. The Moore Center’s medical and clinical leadership will collaborate with Eating Recovery Center’s experts to ensure effective delivery of Eating Recovery Center’s evidence-based treatment philosophies, processes and interventions in a 24-hour treatment environment.
Emphasis on continuity of care between Residential and Partial Hospitalization levels of care is critical for sustainability of recovery. The Moore Center’s Partial Hospitalization Programs for adults and adolescents offer a step-down level of care through 11 hours of treatment 7 days per week, as well as opportunities to practice recovery outside of the controlled treatment environment during evenings at home or in peer- or family-supported apartment communities. By offering a full day of programming every day of the week, The Moore Center’s PHP supports patients through all meals and snacks and provides ample structure and containment to maintain the symptom interruption and/or weight restoration achieved in the 24-hour treatment environment.
For more information about Eating Recovery Center of Washington, please contact Julie Holland, MHS, CEDS, Chief Marketing Officer, at (919) 606-6099 or jholland@EatingRecoveryCenter.com.
Join Eating Recovery Center and William Peace University for a Winter Workshop Exploring the Use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Eating Disorders Treatment
On Monday, January 20, 2014, join William Peace University and Eating Recovery Center for an educational Winter Workshop offering 4 CE credit hours and an opportunity to network with fellow eating disorders treatment colleagues. The presentation, “Understanding and Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the Treatment of Eating Disorders,” will explore the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the treatment of eating disorders and will be led by experts Emmett Bishop, MD, FAED, CEDS, and Bonnie Brennan, MA, LPC, CEDS. The workshop is appropriate for professionals across all disciplines, as the presentation will describe integration of ACT across a multi-disciplinary approach.
The registration fee is $25 and online registration is available on the William Peace University website.
Continuing Education (4 credit hours) will be available through Eating Recovery Center for:
All Master’s-level professionals through the National Board for Certified Counselors
Psychologists through the American Psychological Association
Registered Dietitians through the Commission on Dietetic Registration
Nurses through the Colorado Nurses Association
For questions or additional information:
Nicole Davis, MA, LPCA
William Peace University, Coordinator of Counseling Services
919-508-2163 or Nicole.Davis@peace.edu
Eating Recovery Center, Professional Relations Coordinator
919-697-1511 or cchurch@EatingRecoveryCenter.com
Eating Recovery Center Partners with Insight Behavioral Health Centers to Expand Access to Specialized Eating Disorders Treatment
Eating Recovery Center’s Chicago-based partner program specializes in outpatient eating disorders treatment and evidence-based treatment for obesity, mood and anxiety disorders
Eating Recovery Center, an international center providing comprehensive, specialized eating disorders treatment to female and male adults, adolescents and children, has partnered with Insight Behavioral Health Centers. Insight specializes in outpatient treatment for adolescents and adults dealing with eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. Insight also offers evidence-based treatment for obesity, mood and anxiety disorders. Accredited by the Joint Commission, Insight currently operates four treatment centers in the Chicago area including Northbrook, Evanston, Oak Park and downtown Chicago. Insight is a teaching affiliate of Northwestern University Medical School and Rush University Medical School. Additionally, Insight and the University of Chicago’s Eating Disorder Program, led by Daniel LeGrange, have teamed up to study new options for adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa who do not respond to current treatment protocols.
“Eating Recovery Center partners with programs that excel in the medical and clinical treatment of eating disorders and share our philosophies related to lasting recovery,” explains Ken Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS, Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Eating Recovery Center. “Insight absolutely embodies competence, commitment and excellence in the treatment of these complex illnesses. Working collaboratively, Eating Recovery Center and Insight will be able to expand access to specialized eating disorder treatment for patients and families in the Midwest.”
“Partnering with Eating Recovery Center fuses the trust and familiarity earned from nearly a decade of Insight providing outpatient eating disorders treatment to patients and families in the region with the reputation, resources and expertise of an international provider of comprehensive eating disorders treatment,” says Susan McClanahan, PhD, Founder and President of Insight. “Close connection to an international eating disorders treatment center with the full spectrum of programs and services will yield many benefits to Insight’s patients, families and referring professionals. These benefits include best practice sharing with the field’s esteemed experts, access to a higher level of care resource for patients requiring inpatient hospitalization, and resources to expand Insight’s treatment programming to help more individuals touched by these serious illnesses.”
In addition to its comprehensive, Denver-based treatment programs offering the full spectrum of eating disorders care, Eating Recovery Center provides centers of excellence for the treatment of eating disorders across the country. Sacramento-based Eating Recovery Center of California offers Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services, as well as Outpatient Services in Fresno, and The Moore Center offers Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Step-Down Services in Bellevue, Washington.
New Name, Same Trusted Program: Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program Is Now Eating Recovery Center of California
Sacramento-based eating disorder treatment center changes name to reflect the medical and clinical excellence of its programs and close connection to internationally-recognized Eating Recovery Center
Eating Recovery Center of California is the new program name of Sacramento’s trusted provider of comprehensive outpatient eating disorder treatment for adults, adolescents and families, formerly known as Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program. Eating Recovery Center of California fuses the trust and confidence earned from 14 years of providing specialized eating disorders care to patients and families in the Northern California region with the reputation, resources and expertise of an international provider of comprehensive eating disorders treatment led by the field’s esteemed experts.
The program name change from Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program to Eating Recovery Center of California seeks to more effectively communicate the medical and clinical excellence of its programs and services, as well as its intimate connection to Eating Recovery Center, an international eating disorders treatment center providing all levels of care to women, men and children with the full range of eating disorder diagnoses.
“In light of growing regional demand for specialized eating disorders treatment, it is important that patients, families and referring professionals understand the benefit that results from our close collaboration and best practice sharing with Eating Recovery Center,” explains Jennifer Lombardi, MFT, Executive Director of Eating Recovery Center of California. “The program name Eating Recovery Center of California clearly acknowledges our strong connection to a leading international treatment provider, and communicates that the California-based programs and services match the treatment philosophy, medical and clinical interventions and eating disorders expertise of Eating Recovery Center’s Denver area programming.”
Acknowledging the growing demand for specialized eating disorders treatment and in an effort to meet the treatment needs of patients and families in the region, Eating Recovery Center of California has expanded its programs and services for eating disordered adults and adolescents. A 2013 renovation, slated for completion this coming January, will nearly double the size of the Sacramento treatment center. Improvements include upgraded and expanded spaces for Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs for adults, creation of dedicated therapeutic space for adolescent and family programming, and the addition of a spacious, state-of-the-art teaching kitchen supporting hands-on culinary education and cooking groups.
While the name of the treatment center has changed to Eating Recovery Center of California in order to better communicate the medical and clinical excellence of the California programs and services and the connection to Eating Recovery Center, several important aspects of Eating Recovery Center of California’s treatment philosophy and leadership will not change, including:
- Eating disorder treatment programming will continue to be comprehensive and medically-supervised, leverage evidenced-based therapeutic interventions, acknowledge and address co-occurring illnesses, engage families in the recovery process and support program alumni at all stages of the recovery journey.
- Jennifer Lombardi, MFT, Executive Director, Lisa Petersen, PhD, Clinical Director, and Anna Vinter, MD, Medical Director, will continue to lead Eating Recovery Center of California to ensure clinical and medical excellence of care, and provide guidance and direction to the multidisciplinary staff.
- Eating Recovery Center of California’s leadership will continue to work closely with Drs. Ken Weiner, Craig Johnson, Ovidio Bermudez and Emmett Bishop, Eating Recovery Center’s medical and clinical leadership who together possess over 130 years of specific eating disorders experience, to develop and implement innovative, evidence-based treatment strategies.
- Eating Recovery Center’s Denver-based behavioral hospitals—the Behavioral Hospital for Adults and the Behavioral Hospital for Children and Adolescents—will continue to serve as a resource for Eating Recovery Center of California patients requiring a higher level of care (Inpatient or Residential treatment). Following discharge from 24-hour care, patients will return to Eating Recovery Center of California to participate in the Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient programs.
For more information about Eating Recovery Center of California and its comprehensive outpatient eating disorder treatment programs and services, call 916.574.1000, email info@EatingRecoveryCenterCA.com, or visit www.EatingRecoveryCenterCA.com to chat confidentially with a Master’s-level eating disorders therapist from the Clinical Assessment team.
Eating Disorders Treatment Experts Cindy Pikus, PhD, and Nadine Dexter, RN, MSN, Join Eating Recovery Center Leadership Team
Pikus and Dexter bring extensive eating disorders and mental health treatment experience and clinical insight to Denver-based eating disorders treatment hospital system
Eating Recovery Center, an international center providing comprehensive treatment for anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS and binge eating disorder, today announced that it has recruited two eating disorders and mental health treatment experts to join its leadership team. Cindy Pikus, PhD, has been named clinical director of adult inpatient and residential services and associate chief clinical officer, and Nadine Dexter, RN, MSN, has been named chief nursing officer.
“Pikus and Dexter each bring a coveted combination of eating disorders and mental health treatment expertise in their respective disciplines as well as administrative experience to Eating Recovery Center’s clinical leadership team,” said Kenneth L. Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS, chief executive officer and founding partner of Eating Recovery Center. “These qualities will be instrumental in the delivery of guidance, insight and supervision to our multidisciplinary treatment teams providing care to individuals struggling with these complex illnesses. This expert insight will be particularly valuable as Eating Recovery Center continues to grow to meet the treatment needs of more patients and families across the country.”
In her role as Eating Recovery Center’s clinical director of adult inpatient and residential services and associate chief clinical officer, Dr. Pikus is tasked with overseeing the delivery of clinical care by a team of skilled therapists providing individual, family and group therapy to adult eating disordered patients at the Center’s Behavioral Hospital for Adults. Additionally, she collaborates with Craig Johnson, PhD, FAED, CEDS, chief clinical officer, in the development of clinical treatment approaches and policies, and consults with the multidisciplinary treatment team regarding patient care issues.
Dr. Pikus brings more than 17 years of eating disorders treatment experience, working with adults, adolescents and children at multiple levels of care to her position at Eating Recovery Center. Previously, she served as associate director of the UCLA Eating Disorders Program, where she was responsible for program development and coordination and oversight for multidisciplinary clinical teams in the program’s inpatient and partial hospitalization levels of care. Additionally, Dr. Pikus co-founded the UCLA Campus-wide Eating Disorders Partnership to promote collaboration across the departments on campus providing treatment to students with eating disorders.
Nadine Dexter, RN, MSN, has worked in psychiatric nursing for more than 35 years in both clinical and administrative capacities. In her role as chief nursing officer, Dexter will oversee the nursing staff at Eating Recovery Center’s four Denver-based eating disorders treatment facilities, providing guidance and insight regarding the nursing management of eating disordered patients as part of the multidisciplinary treatment team.
Prior to joining the Eating Recovery Center clinical leadership team, Dexter served as chief nursing officer and director of clinical services for the Wyoming Behavioral Institute, where she was responsible for strategic and operational oversight for nursing, therapy, lab, pharmacy, infection control, dietetics and education services across the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders for adults, adolescents and children. She has also held director-level administrative positions at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kan., Stormont Vail Medical Center and Menningers in Topeka, Kan. Before moving into a series of administrative nursing roles, Dexter worked as a staff nurse/team nurse, including providing care to eating disordered patients. In 2012, Dexter was named the Wyoming March of Dimes Nurse Administrator of the Year.
Since its inception in 2008, Eating Recovery Center has grown from a single 12-bed/12-partial hospitalization slot adult behavioral hospital to a six-facility hospital network in Denver, Colo., California and Washington treating adults, adolescents and children with 46 beds/128 partial hospitalization slots. In an effort to expand patient access to care throughout the United States, Eating Recovery Center has partnered with Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program in Northern California and The Moore Center in Bellevue, Wash.
Disordered Eating Behaviors, Intentional and Unintentional, Can Heighten Women’s Risk for Fertility Challenges
Disordered Eating Behaviors, Intentional and Unintentional, Can Heighten Women’s Risk for Fertility Challenges
Eating Recovery Center shares advice to help women recognize and address eating and exercise behaviors that may be contributing to fertility issues
Denver, Colo. (July 11, 2013) – Women seeking answers to fertility challenges frequently look to reproductive issues as the primary source of problems. However, few women are aware that their own eating or exercise behaviors – past or current – may actually be a contributing factor in their inability to conceive. Eating Recovery Center, an international center providing comprehensive treatment for eating disorders, often observes women seeking eating disorders treatment after unsuccessful attempts to get pregnant. For this reason, Eating Recovery Center urges women to evaluate their patterns of eating and exercise for possible disordered behaviors before making the decision to start – or expand – a family.
Studies confirm the unfortunate connection between eating disorders and fertility issues. A 2000 survey of women attending a fertility clinic revealed that among women with irregular or absent menstrual periods, 58 percent had an eating disorder. Furthermore, none of these women volunteered this information without prompting. Another study featured in the journal Fertility and Sterility looked at a group of women with unexplained infertility who restricted calories for vanity reasons, but did not meet the criteria for an eating disorders diagnosis. When these women increased their body weight and caloric intake, 73 percent of them quickly conceived.
“An active eating disorder can significantly impair a woman’s ability to conceive, as can unhealthy behaviors including starving, bingeing, purging or over exercising that may have occurred over prolonged periods of time in the past,” said Ken Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS, founding partner and chief executive officer of Eating Recovery Center. “Despite the clear connection between eating disordered behaviors and infertility illustrated by the research in the field, many women struggling to get pregnant hide their disordered eating behaviors – past or present – from their OB-GYNs and fertility specialists.”
As such, Eating Recovery Center offers the following guidance to help women who may be struggling with infertility and eating disorders to understand the impact of disordered eating behaviors on their ability to conceive and seek appropriate treatment.
1. Consult with a doctor before changing diet or exercise behaviors. Many women make changes to their diet and exercise patterns in an effort to be healthier while trying to conceive. However, if women have a family history of eating disorders or a personal history of disordered eating, these seemingly healthful changes could trigger disordered eating behaviors for those with a genetic predisposition toward developing an eating disorder.
2. Understand that regular or absent menstrual periods may indicate that eating or exercise behaviors are adversely impacting the natural body cycles that support conception. Although irregular or absent menstruation can be caused by a variety of factors not related to diet, weight or exercise, restricting calories or excessive exercising behaviors may play a role in irregular menstruation and contribute to fertility challenges. Additionally, it is important to understand that eating or exercise behaviors can impact the menstrual cycles of women even if they are of normal or healthy weight. Many people mistakenly believe that women must have experienced significant weight loss and/or be of very low weight for irregular or absent periods to occur.
3. Ask an expert. Concerns about eating or exercise behaviors and the possible impact of these behaviors on fertility should be directed to an OB-GYN, fertility specialist, family doctor, therapist, dietitian or eating disorders specialist. These healthcare professionals can help women determine whether behaviors may be fertility-impeding, as well as identify an appropriate course of treatment if necessary. Remember that healthcare professionals need all relevant information to make accurate diagnoses and help their patients.
4. Be honest about eating disordered behaviors. While an active eating disorder cannot only lead to infertility, it can also contribute to miscarriage, low birth weight and other dangerous complications for mother and child upon becoming pregnant. Therapeutic intervention and medical monitoring can be integral components in supporting healthy pregnancies for individuals that are able to conceive.
“It is incredibly important that women be transparent regarding their eating disorders struggles in order for reproductive healthcare professionals to effectively diagnose fertility issues and prescribe a treatment plan that meets each individual’s unique needs,” added Dr. Weiner. “Because eating disorders are often shrouded in shame and secrecy, it is equally important that healthcare providers be aware of the connection between eating disorders and fertility, and that they learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of eating disorders in their patients.”
For more information about infertility, pregnancy and eating disorders, approaching a loved one displaying troublesome eating disorders warning signs, broaching the topic of eating disorders with a doctor or effective eating disorders treatment, visit www.EatingRecoveryCenter.com
Eating Recovery Center’s Bonnie Brennan, MA, LPC is featured in this Psychology Today article on ten eating disorder signs parents should be vigilant of during their children’s summer break. Read an excerpt from the article below or to view it in its entirety click here.
They’re starting to come home now from college, the weary millennials. If you’re the parent or grandparent of college students coming home for summer –especially if your student is female and a freshman—experts from the Eating Recovery Center urge you to pay close attention to possible signs that she has developed an eating disorder at college.
Their advice is based on students coming back during Winter break, so I’m sharing it with you in anticipation of similar issues arising again. In an article titled: “Eating Disorders Identified in College Freshmen as They Return Home for Winter Break,” the Denver organization reports:
”As college freshmen across the U.S. return home for the holidays, thousands of parents will – for the first time – discover eating disorders that developed during their child’s first semester. Because the transition to college is one of the two most common life stages in which eating disorders develop, Eating Recovery Center, an international center for eating disorders recovery providing comprehensive treatment for anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS and binge eating disorder, encourages parents to be vigilant for symptoms of eating disorders as their teens return home for the mid-year break.”
Is it an eating disorder?
Bonnie Brennan, clinical director, explains: “For many young adults, the pressures of the first semester of college can create the perfect storm for eating disorders development, and it’s easy for teens to hide behaviors from their families – particularly if they go to school far away from home. …Many parents won’t see the outcome of this devastating development until their children return home for winter break.”
To help parents recognize eating disorders in college students, Eating Recovery Center highlights five winter break warning signs that may indicate their teen has an eating disorder or could be at risk for developing one:
1. Noticeable weight loss or weight gain since he or she entered college.
2. Helping with the preparationof holiday meals but not eating them.
3. Excessive exercise, even outdoors in poor winter weather conditions.
4. Withdrawal from family and friends and avoidance of gatherings, even if he or she has not seen loved ones for months.
5. Discussing college in a “stressed out” or obviously anxious manner or altogether avoiding conversations about school.
I’d Add These 5 More:
6. Pay attention to your instincts: If you feel something isn’t right or if your kid seems different, sad, lethargic, disinterested or depressed, don’t ignore it.
7. Talk to her (or him): Let your child know he or she is safe and loved and that you are not judging them.
8. Notice, but don’t discuss what she’s wearing: Is she hiding beneath huge sweatshirts and baggy pajama pants no matter what? Is the house warm but she’s constantly wearing many layers and won’t take any off?
9. Note dramatic changes in privacy issues: Maybe she used to change in front of you or run into the kitchen in a bathrobe after a shower but now she locks her door and seems oddly tense and newly private.
10. Focus on Feelings: Keep the focus on how she’s feeling, not how she looks. The more attention you give to her body the more self-conscious and shut down she may become.