State of Mind with Debra Sloss
Anorexia Nervosa Recovery (remix)

Episode 60: Anorexia Nervosa is a dangerous eating disorder and the deadliest mental illness, second only to opioid overdose. While frequently diagnosed in teenagers and young adults,
eating disorders affect people of any age, race, gender, and sexual orientation; worldwide, they afflict 9% of the population. Joining host Debra Sloss for this inspiring story of recovery is biomedical writer Evelyn Strauss and psychotherapist Jeanne Willis, LMFT. Evelyn shares how she worked her way out of the physical and psychological manifestations of anorexia nervosa through a self-created and unconventional path. Jeanne, who specializes in eating disorders, provides information about the types and prevalence of these conditions, dispels commonly held myths, discusses the types of treatments available, and shares resources that support recovery.

Broadcasts: 11/5/23 & 11/13/23

Special thanks to Jeanne Baldzikowski for audio production, and to Jennifer Young, who assisted with research and outreach. And finally, thanks to acoustic guitarist Adrian Legg for composing, performing, and donating the use of our theme music.

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Eating Disorders Treatment and Support
*The Lotus Collaborative Eating Disorder Treatment Center (TLC) in Santa Cruz – provides a range of services, including outpatient program, intensive outpatient program (IOP) and partial hospitalization program (PHP) levels of care.

– TLC also offers a FREE online support group for eating disorder recovery.
More information and register here

Eating Disorder Anonymous offers online  groups open to anyone who desires to recover from an eating disorder.

NEDA: Information on misconceptions about eating disorders – National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.

The Body is Not An Apology (TBINAA) – an international movement committed to cultivating global Radical Self Love and Body Empowerment. They provide information dissemination, personal and social transformation projects and community building, The Body is Not An Apology fosters global, radical, unapologetic self love, which translates to radical human love and action in service toward a more just, equitable, and compassionate world.

The TBINAA Online Community –  designed to give you the functions and fun of other social networking websites without body shame and body censorship.

Fighting Eating Disorders in Underrepresented Populations – a collective of trans+, intersex, and gender diverse people and allies building awareness of Gender Diversity in Eating Disorders. Their work includes a radical community healing, recovery institution reform, research, empowerment, and education. a collective of trans/gender diverse folx

The Body Positive – teaches individuals, educators, student leaders, and treatment providers research-based principles for positive body image through online and customized in-person trainings.

The Obsession: Reflections on the Tyranny of Slenderness By Kim Chernin – a deeply committed and beautifully written analysis of our society’s increasing demand that women be thin.

Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model By Richard Schwartz –a way of understanding and treating psychological struggles that is empowering, effective, and non-pathologizing.

Mindfulness Support
Talks and meditations with Tara Brach –  website with Tara Brach’s teachings, guided meditations, and other resources. Her approach blends Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world.

General Therapy 
*Family Service Agency (FSA) of the Central Coast is a dedicated underwriter of State of Mind. FSA provides resources, support, and counseling services to adults and children.  FSA believes in the power and potential of people of all ages and backgrounds to discover their own creative solutions and welcomes people of diverse cultures, genders, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, socio-economic backgrounds.  FSA Counseling Offices offer Medi-Cal, Medicare, and low-cost, sliding scale services in both downtown Santa Cruz 831-423-9444 x200 and in Soquel 831-346-6767 x200.

*Shine a Light Counseling Center – Offering quality, affordable counseling at offices in Santa Cruz, Watsonville and Monterey. The center provides individual, family, couple and group counseling, including men’s groups.
Phone: 831-996-1222

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