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EDRC Announces Awareness Week Events: February 22-28, 2015

  • Saturday, February 21 at the Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz. Come join us in cheering for the women of UCSC as they wear purple ribbons to fight for eating disorder awareness! The first 50 fans will receive a free bracelet! See flyer for more details.
  • Thursday, February 26 at Stanford LPCH Auditorium in Palo Alto, a program focused on recovery from eating disorders. 
  • Saturday, February 28 in Los Gatos, the Eating Disorders Resource Center will host a workshop for parents of children with eating disorders.
  • Friday, March 27: EDRC will award cash prizes to middle and high school students for essays written on the theme "Every Body's Beautiful." The deadline for submission is March 27
Binge eating. Anorexia nervosa. Bulimia. All eating disorders are serious and complex medical and mental illnesses. Because early intervention is so important, recognizing the signs of disordered eating is vital for both the public and health professionals. An online screening tool is available.
 

Strong Girls, Strong Women Leadership Conference

EDRC is proud to once again participate in the Office of Women's Policy and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) FREE annual leadership conference for high school girls!
 
Saturday, March 7, 2015
8:00AM – 1:30PM
School of Arts & Culture @ Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose
 
The conference will include continental breakfast & lunch, a private movie screening, three tracks for strong girls to participate in, and two tracks for strong women and other adult advocates for youth. To register for this conference, go here

Your Contributions at Work

...EDRC has been a beacon of hope for us while trying to navigate the world of our daughter's mental illness.  They provide no cost support groups for sufferers and caregivers that we attend and have only been a phone call or email away when trying to find information about therapists, dietitians, psychiatrists and treatment centers.  Our journey continues to be a tough one, but EDRC has always been there to help.” - Grateful Client
 
“...What stood out for me was the very insightful and personal connection EDRC makes with the "client". It made not only a big difference but left a lasting impression that I will continue to share with others in need.” - Laurence K

“I had the recent opportunity to attend an in-service training conducted by Laura Machado, LMFT. As a licensed mental health professional for almost 37 years [and teacher at SJSU], I can say her presentation was unequivocally the best I have ever experienced! She was knowledgeable, personable, and a very good teacher.” - Barry Goldman-Hall, LCSW at West Valley College
 

For more testimonials, check out our Guidestar page


Volunteer Spotlight

We welcome An Le as a volunteer Grant Writer. An is currently a Clinical Research Coordinator at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, and working toward medical school and becoming a physician.
 
“Volunteering for EDRC has been an inspiring and meaningful experience. I have learned a great deal about the many barriers that individuals struggling with this illness and their families face. I plan to use the experiences and knowledge I have gained from my volunteer work at EDRC to become an effective and more compassionate physician.”


Katie Clark, a volunteer and former staff for EDRC, recently returned from a 9 day medical mission trip in Africa. We are so proud of Katie and excited to hear that she has applied to medical school, hoping to work in women's health. We are grateful for her support of EDRC over the years. 
In the News

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Eating Disorders: There Is A Real Connection
Trauma can play a large role in creating an eating disorder. Understanding the link between eating disorders and posttraumatic stress can play an important role in recovery.

The Dangers of the Appearance-Driven Diet
"Focusing on how you look may hinder how you listen to your body’s hunger fullness cues and how you adjust your food intake." A new study found that when people focus on looks, they’re less tuned in to the body’s signals of hunger and fullness.
 
To Treat Depression, Drugs, or Therapy?
“Dr. Helen Mayberg, a professor of psychiatry at Emory University, recently published a study in JAMA Psychiatry that identified a potential biomarker in the brain that could predict whether a depressed patient would respond better to psychotherapy or antidepressant medication.”

Abnormalities Found in Brains of Young Bipolar Patients who Try Suicide
Teens and young adults who attempted suicide were found to have abnormalities in the frontal areas of their brains, a new study says.
 

PlaneTree Newsletter

EDRC invites you to  subscribe to sign up for a very resourceful newsletter on health issues: PlaneTalk. PlaneTree Health Library’s e-newsletter always lists numerous local health-related events and links to useful health information. You are welcome to subscribe.  If your organization hosts public events which you would like to have listed in PlaneTalk, please contact Aleta at planetalk@planetree-sccl.org.”

Stanford Research Study

Parents of adolescents with anorexia nervosa are invited to participate in an online, guided self-help program based on Family Based Treatment. The study consists of 8-12 weeks of Internet based programs with weekly therapist check-ins. To participate one must be:
  • Parent of 12-17 year olds with anorexia nervosa
  • Adolescents deemed medically stable
  • Able to speak English
  • Access to a computer with Internet
To sign up, email Talya at tfeldman@stanford.edu or call (650) 723-7885.

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