Check out this fantastic article from Beyond Blue on the National Eating Disorders Collaboration website.
It has links to a great factsheet and also a new beyondblue ‘how to have a conversation’ webpage. The link is below.
PACE is a recommended organisation to contact for help on the factsheet
Click here to check out the article.
The National Eating Disorder Association, based in the US, have a range of short video interviews available on their website. In these short video clips, individuals who are in recovery get a minute to share some key insight and advice from their experiences and their recovery journey. Check out some of the videos and find out more about the challenges of living day to day with an eating disorder.
The PACE team have recently launched the first two episodes of their brand new multimedia program PACEtv.
The new online documentary series aims to help South Australians with Panic Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive and Eating Disorders.
“PACEtv will provide individuals, families and communities real life guidance, insight and hope from individuals and families who have made the journey to recovery,” says PACE Manager Chris Chalubek.
“We have interviewed individuals, families and professionals to create video resources that offer experiences of hope and recovery in their own words and highlight the power of lived experience.”
Heather Nowak, featured in the first documentary, talks of her OCD that emerged in her early teens and went away in her late teens. It then returned when she was in her mid 20s after the birth of her first daughter.
“I would have a list of things by my bed of what I had to clean the next day which included 20-30 showers,” she says.
Her list included washing doorframes, floors and beds. If she had to go out the cleaning would take her 7-8 hours. With the help of an understanding GP and mental health nurse she began her road to recovery.
“While everyone has a way of helping, it is about finding the person who connects to you,” Heather says.
The first two episodes focus on panic anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, with later episodes to focus on eating disorder recovery and the experience of friends and relatives.
Watch the videos at https://vimeo.com/centacare
Are you looking to broaden your understanding of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? You may be facing the challenges of recovery, or be looking to improve your own knowledge in order to help a loved one with their own recovery.
We already have some useful fact sheets available on our resources pages, but you may also want to check out the following links for more information and guidance:
The International OCD Foundation has an excellent fact sheet on all things OCD. The organization is based in the US and so some of the statistics relate to American studies only. However, for an overview of the major issues relating to OCD and recovery it is a great resource.
You can check it out here: http://www.ocfoundation.org/uploadedFiles/WhatYouNeed_09.pdf
Please note – this fact sheet also includes information about medication. Any questions you may have about medication should be first discussed with your GP or a qualified psychiatrist.
The team over at the Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria (ADAVIC) also have an excellent fact sheet full of information on OCD.
You can access their resources here: http://www.adavic.org.au/PG-fact-sheets-obsessive-compulsive-disorder.aspx
Please note – ADAVIC is based in Victoria, Australia. The specific support groups and treatment centres recommended by ADAVIC are not available in South Australia. To find a support group in SA, contact us directly on 1800 809 304 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our peer workers are always finding new resources from right around the world to help with managing recovery. One great place to find useful resources for tracking your recovery progress is:
They have stacks of therapy worksheets and CBT tools which you can download and use to track your recovery.
They have worksheets for tracking your daily mood, personal wellness, social anxiety, panic attacks and eating. They even have worksheets for crisis management, and for establishing and tracking your goals.
So if you’re looking to do some planning with your future wellness, record your success with a particular challenge or simply just keep track your daily mood, there’s loads of useful material.
Check it out!
PACE peer workers Lisa, Mary and Ellie are currently working on the development of a closed eating disorder group based around Carolyn Costin’s new book: 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder.
Follow the link below to hear Carolyn talk about her work and to find out more about this excellent recovery resource.
ABC Radio National have produced a fascinating radio documentary piece looking at the experience of eating disorder recovery and looking at a new treatment approach from Hawaii.
You can download the this current affairs documentary in full at the following address:
A fascinating look at the world of eating disorders and eating disorder recovery, produced by emerging South Australian filmmakers from MAPs Film School.
Check it out here:
Festive season checklist
We understand Christmas and the holiday period can be a difficult time for some. It is important to remember planning and communication is the key. To help you cope with the stresses of this busy season we’ve come up with a check list you can follow to reduce the likelihood of feeling overwhelmed.
In the lead up to Christmas and New Year:
- Don’t be scared to say ‘No’ to invitations if you are feeling overwhelmed.
- Socialise with trusted friends & family prior to Christmas. Where possible, do this over a meal or snack to help prepare you for Christmas gatherings.
- Discuss with someone you trust how to cope with family interaction by predicting and preparing for social activities.
- Predict likely questions from family and friends you haven’t seen for a while and prepare some responses.
- Plan what you will do to give yourself ‘time out’ from the crowd – perhaps listen to music, going for a walk with a friend or family member, sitting in the sunshine.
When eating out
- Take time to plan and to think about who will be present and what food is likely to be served.
- If you don’t know what food will be served ask the person who will be preparing the meal, or ask a family member to find out for you to reduce your anxiety.
- Offer to take ‘safe’ food to share so you feel comfortable knowing there is something you can eat.
- Focus on enjoying the company of companions rather than what you are eating.
- Many people overeat on Christmas Day and often comment on the quantity they have so remember these comments are not aimed at you.
Communication reduces holiday stress. We all know how busy life gets in that hectic period around Christmas each year. For many families the changed routines and extra day to day activities means less time to talk and listen to one another. Ironically, effective communication is a perfect coping mechanism for families to deal with the holiday season’s increased stresses.
- Effective communication requires
- Sensitivity when listening and
- Ability to express your own thoughts and feelings. Ask yourself how you feel so that you can state your message as clearly, honestly and constructively as possible.
- Take the time to talk. Whether you’re driving, wrapping gifts, or doing household chores it is important to maintain communication in order to help create a memorable and pleasant holiday experience for the entire family.
(Adapted by Mary P and Lisa H, from Eating Disorders Victoria December 2011 and 2012 Newsletters)
Are you looking for extra support managing your eating disorder? Here’s a new way for technology to lend a helping hand.
Recovery Record is an android and iphone application which provides support with meals, mood charting etc. You can find information on their webpage which we’ve provided a link for below: