A 3-part series by Robyn Hussa Farrell, Founder and CEO of Mental Fitness This three-part series will outline how we went from bringing an award winning rock musical around the country to producing evidence-based online educational tools, to opening an “arts prevention center” to bring awareness, intervention and primary prevention programs to children and families. First, A Little History In 2005 I produced a Jonathan Larson award-winning rock musical in NYC that led to many…

Read More The Use of Arts in Awareness & Prevention of Eating Disorders

We all know how hard it can be for a patient with an eating disorder to find the motivation to enter and stick with treatment. (Because I work in a hospital setting, I use the word “patient” rather than client.) Whether you suffer from an eating disorder yourself, are a loved one of someone who has one, or are a clinician, it’s clear that sustaining motivation is one of the greatest challenges. So many of my patients—brilliant…

Read More How Can A Greater Understanding of Medical Complications of Eating Disorders Help Patients Find Motivation to Recover?

Body image can be a source of distress and/or relapse trigger for recovering women. This is not a superficial issue, but a deeper question around identity transition and transformations that happen for moms-to-be. For more on body image during pregnancy and postpartum, see “Does being a mom make me look fat?” Fertility and secondary infertility can be challenging for women with histories of disordered eating or drug/alcohol use. Many women have damaged their fertility due to the eating disorder…

Read More On deciding to have a child/children, issues unique to women in recovery