When you restrict your eating in any way, your body adapts by entering starvation mode. Starvation mode is an evolutionary and biologically driven physiological mechanism designed to keep you alive. In cave person years, when food was not plentiful, the body would adapt by slowing down metabolism and digestion, reducing heart rate, and conserving...

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is guided by a number of core assumptions about the nature of human behavior and about the process of treatment. Over the next few weeks, I will describe each in turn. One that is high on my list right now, however, is the treatment assumption that clients cannot fail DBT. People often...

A mother sent me the attached “holiday song” stating the following: “these are the lyrics of a song that (my grade 3 child) is learning to sing for their Christmas concert. It doesn’t sound right to me and I wanted your professional opinion.” So I read the lyrics. And then I read them again. And...

Anorexia is more than weight loss

Today marks the beginning of Eating Disorder Awareness Week. All I want to say on the subject is that living with an eating disorder is indescribably dark and twisted. There is so much more to Anorexia (and other eating disorders) than people are aware of mostly because there is only so much that can be...