Posts Tagged 'anorexia nervosa'

My Four Month Struggle

I have been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Florida for awhile now, however I relocated to Pennsylvania and my licensure has been a difficult process. I had reciprocity in Pennsylvania, with my license, and sent all of my documents but it seemed that I frequently needed to have other things completed for the full process.  I’m not putting the blame on me, on Florida, or on Pennsylvania, but it was an undertaking that I wasn’t expecting to take so long.  I think as a therapist, we don’t discuss our feelings openly but I am a person with real emotions and feelings.  This was a difficult emotional struggle as I felt like things were out of my hands, out of my control, and a constant frustration.  I’m happy to say, my frustrations have come to an end, I finally received my license and it’s a relief that I can move forward and open my own practice.  I am officially a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania.

Eating Disorders & Support Group

Many people are not aware of the amount of support out there.  Below is a listing of the local support groups for eating disorders (particularly anorexia nervosa & bulimia nervosa) in South Florida.  Please call and/or email before attending to confirm the meeting is still running.  If you or a loved one struggles with an eating disorder and need help, please contact me for any questions.  If the group that you attend is not right for you, please try another. There is help and hope available.

TELEPHONE MEETINGS

Monday Night ABA Phone Meeting, 8:30pm – 9:30pm Eastern Time
Access Number: (218) 862-1403      Access Code: 22657#
**You must disable your call waiting by using *70 prior to calling into the meeting.
**To mute and unmute your line for sharing press *6 on your phone keypad.
***If you experience difficulty with the above access number make sure you are on a land line.

Friday Discussion Meeting, 11:30am – 12:30pm Eastern Time

Access Number: (213) 289 0500      Access Code: 22657
**You must disable your call waiting by using *70 prior to calling into the meeting.
**To mute your line and to unmute for sharing press 6 on your phone keypad.
***If you experience difficulty with the above access number make sure you are on a land line.

Tuesday Phone Meeting, 2:00 – 3:00pm Eastern Time
Access Number: (213) 289 0500      Access Code: 22657

LOCAL MEETINGS

DAY: 7 days a week at 7am, Surrender is Freedom
LOCATION: Luther Lutheran Memorial Church (on corner of Sheridan and 441) 1925 N 60th Avenue.

DAY: Meeting every 2nd Monday at 5pm
LOCATION: 7200 W. Camino Real, Suite 303, Boca Raton, FL 33433
CONTACT: Henah Gupta, PhD, (561) 393-3624

DAY: Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
LOCATION: Milestones campus in West Ft. Lauderdale, FL
CONTACT: 954-272-0806

DAY: Tuesdays, 8:00pm
LOCATION: Back on Track Clubhouse, 20377 NE 15th Court, Miami, Florida
CONTACT (S): Jen (305) 342-1440 Holly (757) 560-6864

DAY: Wednesdays, 5:30pm, Eating Disorders Anonymous
LOCATION: 3400 N. 29th Avenue, Hollywood, Florida
CONTACT: Rebel’s Drop In 954-965-6452 x209 or 954-922-4310

DAY: Meeting 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month
LOCATION: Unity of Ft Lauderdale, 1800 No East 6th Court
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
CONTACT (S): Mary Curtis & Jill H

DAY: Fridays,  7:30pm
LOCATION: Back on Track Clubhouse, 20377 NE 15th Court, Miami, Florida
CONTACT (S): Jen (305) 342-1440  Holly (757) 560-6864  Aimee (305) 773-0221

DAY: Saturdays 10:30-11:30am, support group & group therapy for those struggling with an eating disorder. *Inquire within, minimal fees
LOCATION: Weston, FL
CONTACT: Amanda Levison, MS, Life Coach

DAY: Sundays 10:00-11:00am, support group & group therapy for those struggling with an eating disorder. *Inquire within, minimal fees
LOCATION: Downtown Ft. Lauderdale, FL
CONTACT: Amanda Levison, MS, Life Coach

OA & Teens

I am currently working with a 13-year-old who suffers with anorexia.  I thought it was important for her to have added support so I started my search.  The local eating disorder clinics start at 14-years-old and older.  The OA meetings are for adults.  Although they do not turn anyone away, it is not encouraged.

I am thinking about forming a group for teens and young adults ages 12-20 for both males and females.  This would be for anyone who struggles with an eating disorder: anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating.  This group would be every Saturday for a minimum of 10 sessions.  Please let me know if you know someone who would be interested and/or have suggestions for a successful group.

For more information, please contact me.

Anorexia Nervosa & Britney Murphy

Many people struggle with an Eating Disorder or have at some point in their life.  As Eating Disorders have become more knowledgeable in society we have learned about the various types.  Once of the oldest and most familiar is Anorexia Nervosa, also referred to as Anorexia.

The DSMIV defines Anorexia Nervosa as:

  • Refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height (e.g., weight loss leading to maintenance of body weight less than 85% of that expected; or failure to make expected weight gain during period of growth, leading to body weight less than 85% of that expected).
  • Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though underweight.
  • Disturbance in the way in which one’s body weight or shape is experienced, undue influence of body shape on self-evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of the current low body weight.
  • Amenorrhea (at least three consecutive cycles) in postmenarchal girls and women. Amenorrhea is defined as periods occurring only following hormone (e.g., estrogen) administration.

The most severe side effect and most common cause of death for people who suffer with Anorexia is a heart attack.  That is due to the huge imbalances in the electrolytic balance of the blood, like hyperkalemia and hypocalcaemia. Either of these two issues can promote a heart attack.

Britney Murphy, known as the fun-loving actress, suffered from this condition.  Looking back at her pictures, through the years, it was difficult to identify a time when she was at a healthy weight.  Murphy died at the age of 32, on December 20, 2009 from cardiac arrest, most likely due to the severity of her being underweight.

People typically are not picked and ridiculed in society the way the paparazzi captures it and publishes it for all to see. There is so much pressure to be thin, beautiful, and perfect.  Britney was a great actress and will be missed by many.

Britney Murphy pictured at a very low body weight.

Contact amanda@amandalevison.com for further questions.

References:

http://www.eatingdisordersonline.com/medical/heartattack.php

DSM-IV. American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.). Washington, DC.