Toby Sapusek, Author at Aster Springs

Toby Sapusek

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What are the Characteristics of Anorexia Nervosa in Teens: A Guide for Parents

Anorexia nervosa is perhaps the most well-known eating disorder, often depicted in movies or talked about in mainstream media. However, when you have a child suffering from this devastating disorder, it can be hard to know how to help.  In this guide, you will learn the multiple characteristics of anorexia and treatment options to move […]

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Exploring How Nutrition Affects Anorexia Nervosa

It is well-known that anorexia can have a significant negative impact on one’s health. For those suffering from this disorder, it can help to understand the specific risks of malnutrition, how adequate nutrition can minimize these risks, and how to find anorexia support.   What Is Anorexia Nervosa? Anorexia nervosa is a life-threatening eating disorder that

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Empowering Yourself: Managing Eating Disorder Triggers

For someone suffering from an eating disorder, it can feel like triggers are everywhere. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help navigate these situations with confidence. Common Eating Disorder Triggers Eating disorder triggers can come in many forms. Some physical, emotional, and social situations are commonly challenging for those in recovery. Physical Triggers

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The Benefits of Residential Eating Disorder Treatment

Many treatment options are available for individuals suffering from eating disorders, but knowing which one is right for you can be a challenge. Residential treatment programs are one option to consider. Although being away from home in a specialized treatment center may sound scary, it is an effective place to recover from an eating disorder

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Coping with Weight Fluctuations in Eating Disorder Recovery

For most people, weight fluctuations in recovery are one of the most intimidating aspects of treatment. While it is true that you may experience some body changes during recovery, it can help to know what to expect.  Weight Fluctuations in Recovery It’s no wonder why people struggle to cope with weight fluctuations during recovery. We

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The Benefits of Early Intervention in Eating Disorders

At some point, everyone has heard the saying, “The sooner, the better.” It’s a saying that easily applies to medicine. In healthcare, it’s generally true that diagnosing and treating a disease early improves outcomes and lessens negative consequences. By catching a medical or psychiatric issue early on and starting treatment as soon as possible, individuals

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Emotional Eating and Binge Eating Disorder: What’s The Difference?

As humans, we eat for many reasons. We eat to satisfy our hunger and meet our nutritional needs but also for pleasure and comfort. These reasons for eating are all perfectly okay, but when does eating for reasons other than hunger become a concern? We’ll explore the differences between emotional eating and binge eating. What

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Understanding the Link Between Adderall Abuse and Eating Disorders

The brand name Adderell, is a combination of two substances known as dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. Adderall is a prescription medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults.1 It is a central nervous system stimulant that works by changing certain hormone levels in the brain.2 Let’s look at the connection between

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