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How I Survived COVID-19 and Maintained Recovery

During this unprecedented worldwide pandemic, I have been struggling to finish writing a book about my own PTSD—as more trauma piles into all of our lives. Meanwhile, my colleague Dr. Tian Dayton began and finished writing an entire book with tools to navigate the COVID-19 crisis by the end of…Read More

Pandemic Meal Planning: When Ed Collides with COVID-19

By Jenni Schaefer with Kim Collins, MS, RDN, CDE, CEDRD-S Back in the day, my eating disorder (aka “Ed”) would have provided all kinds of ways for coping with COVID-19. Unfortunately, none of his coping mechanisms involve recovery. Have you heard Ed chiming in with excuses to cut back on…Read More

Recovery at Six Feet Away—Coronavirus, Connection, and Creativity

“Connect, connect, connect,” therapists have told me far more times than I can count. Isolation is what kills when it comes to eating disorders. Trauma is disconnection. Recovery is connection. Depression thrives in solitude, so support saves. Enter a worldwide pandemic. Now what?! Over a decade ago, Ed (a.k.a. my “eating disorder”)…Read More

When PTSD Collides with an Eating Disorder: Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma specializes in hiding. It rarely wears a sign saying, “Hey, I’m right here!” In fact, it is frequently the opposite. People who have endured trauma commonly don’t even know it themselves. One of trauma’s favorite hiding places is in our very own brain — in the form of denial, minimization, or…Read More

Eating Disorder Recovery Help for the Holidays

Ed is that unwelcome guest at holiday occasions. He inevitably shows up at each festivity, and he ruins everything. At least, that was my victim thinking many years ago. I blamed Ed, because it was easier and less scary than being accountable for myself. Ed is not a crazy ex-boyfriend…Read More