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Art Hop February 3, 2017 5pm to 8pm 300 Portage Street (WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine)
Lindsay P. South, MA/LPC, an active SMEDA Board Member and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, has written this brief explanation about one way to manage anxiety and depression that may accompany an eating disorder. Her piece will be displayed at the exhibit along with food play examples. http://www.southwestmichiganeatingdisorders.org/directory/
Eating Disorders and Anxiety
Many individuals struggle with comorbidity: co-occurring diagnoses. Although malnutrition certainly makes anxiety and depression worse, sometimes even after weight is restored, it becomes clear that an anxious wiring system was present long before the eating disorder developed. Restricting food, overeating, or purging just becomes another way of managing underlying anxiety.
Anxious children can learn to manage their anxiety. In her workbook, “What to do When You Worry Too Much,” Dr. Huebner helps kids externalize their anxiety with the creation of a worry monster. Making these creatures and learning to talk back to them is a cognitive behavioral method of helping kids be in charge of their anxious thinking.