PTSD and Co-Occurring Disorders Traumatic experiences can stay with us—at times reverberating in our lives for months, for years, or even for decades. In some cases, an experience of trauma can be so acute that it leads to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. This is a serious and diagnosable clinical condition, and
Deanna James, LPC, R-DMT — Director of Marketing, Alumni and Referral Relations Ms. James obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in Psychology. She went on to obtain her Master of Arts in Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago. Ms. James is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Dance and Movement Therapist. She has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2006 in various roles including therapist, program director and now as the Director of Marketing. Ms. James has completed level I training in the Internal Family Systems model of therapy. She incorporates creative arts therapy, internal family systems therapy and cognitive behavioral therapies in her approach to therapeutic healing. Ms. James specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma based disorders and body image issues. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals as well as the American Dance Movement Therapy Association. In her current role as Director of Marketing, Referral and Alumni relations she works as a liaison between Castlewood and referring clinicians, oversees coordination of marketing events, as well as facilitates the alumni program and alumni follow up program. Ms. James is the continuing education administrator for all Castlewood workshops and training. She also coordinates all social media, websites, and media campaigns for Castlewood Treatment Center. Deanna has a passion for working with clients with eating disorders and helping them find hope and healing.Deanna James, LPC, CEDS, R-DMT has written 5 articles so far, you can find them below.
Recovery: Why it Is Important to Share Your Story There is much talk about stigma as it pertains to mental health issues; whether it is substance abuse or an eating disorder, our culture has long preferred to simply not talk about it. While some substantive efforts aim to break down the stigma, the fact remains
Managing Anxiety in Recovery from Addiction and Eating Disorders Anxiety and anxiety disorders are a very real part of the struggle one faces when living with an eating disorder, addiction, or co-occurring disorders. Anxiety is more than just the feeling of stress. It is a combination of heightened nervousness, restlessness and constant worry, which is
Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders: How Common is it? Recent research into co-occurring substance abuse and eating disorders shows that almost 50% of people with eating disorders are also abusing drugs or alcohol. They may be abusing prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines, such as diet pills. Often, symptoms of the two disorders are not
The Common Ground between Eating Disorders and Addiction The correlation between eating disorders and addiction has been thoroughly studied, but what is it that makes the connection so strong? Research has shown that nearly 50% of individuals with an eating disorder also struggle with drug and/or alcohol abuse, with higher rates of death for both