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Through advocacy work, community and professional events, and media outreach, Veritas is helping to bring cutting-edge research, best-practice care, and scientifically backed information into the national eating disorder conversation. Here in our blog you can learn about the work we and others are doing to advance the understanding and treatment of eating disorders. You’ll also find interesting articles and helpful insights that can support you or a loved one on the journey to lasting recovery. We want to hear your story. Email us (blog@veritascollaborative.com) and ask how you can become a contributor!

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Our Favorite Recovery Podcasts

Here at Veritas Collaborative we love recovery resources and believe that creating a community is vital to keeping individuals on track with recovery. One of our current favorite ways to find support outside of direct treatment is podcasts! We wanted to share our love of recovery podcasts with you, so we compiled a list of our favorite eating disorder recovery podcasts.

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Veritas Collaborative Marks Three-Year Anniversary with Expanded Outpatient Resource

Richmond’s comprehensive, multidisciplinary eating disorder center treating all genders creates new DBT skills group.

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, today celebrates the three-year anniversary of its Child, Adolescent, and Adult Clinic in Richmond, Va. The organization marks this milestone with the announcement of a new, six-month Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group for adults with the diagnoses of eating disorders over the age of 18.

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Voices of Veritas: Leah Graves

In our “Voices of Veritas” series, you will meet Veritas leaders and team members that help us to fulfill our vision of a world in which all persons with eating disorders and their families and communities have access to best-practice care and hold hope for a cure.

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Veritas Collaborative Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary of Atlanta’s Only Multidisciplinary Eating Disorder Clinic

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, today celebrates the two-year anniversary of its Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Clinic in Atlanta. The center is the state’s only gender-diverse, multidisciplinary eating disorder center to provide comprehensive medical assessments that diagnose eating disorders and other conditions that may require medical intervention.

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Veritas Collaborative Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Eating Disorder Treatment in Charlotte, N.C.

Charlotte’s only comprehensive, multidisciplinary eating disorder center treating all genders empowers families, sees immense growth.

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, today celebrates the one-year anniversary of its Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Clinic in Charlotte, N.C. As the region’s only multidisciplinary eating disorder center treating all genders, the company’s Charlotte operations have grown quickly and will continue to expand in 2019 with a new facility and increased staff.

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Make A Resolution To Practice Self-Care

You’ve successfully made it through another holiday season. This may not have been an easy feat, considering all the focus on festive food and possibly stressful family gatherings. Now you are looking towards a new year and moving forward in a positive direction.

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Announcing Peace Meal, an Emily Program Podcast

We are thrilled to announce our new podcast, Peace Meal. Peace Meal covers topics related to eating disorders, body image issues, and how society may contribute to distorted thinking. Join us as we sit down with eating disorder field leaders, medical professionals, and those in recovery to shed a light on eating disorders, body-related biases, and so much more! New episodes are out on the first Monday of every month.

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EDs Don’t Take Holidays Off: Ways to Support Your Loved One This Season

While the holidays are a time most people look forward to, they can often magnify personal struggles for people with eating disorders. The combination of dealing with the anxiety of being around extended family, and the accentuated focus on food, can be a major trigger for many.

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Psychiatric Co-morbidities of Eating Disorders

One of the most challenging center situations faced by a medical provider can be discerning when an eating disorder is present if accompanied by a co-morbid psychiatric disorder.

At times, patients will struggle overtly with weight or eating issues in the face of known mental illnesses including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and substance use. In fact, diagnostic criteria for depression include changes in appetite, eating, and weight. Individuals with OCD or anxiety may limit their food intake or binge eat in response to their emotional and physiologic states. Substance use can also alter appetite leading to changes in eating and weight. When first getting to know a patient, symptom overlap may make it difficult for a medical practitioner to ascertain if changes in weight or issues with eating are secondary to such psychiatric diagnoses, or if the patient has a primary eating disorder with comorbid diagnoses.

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Rep. Rob Wittman Staffer (VA-01) Tours Veritas Collaborative’s Richmond Eating Disorder Clinic

Christina Whitehouse, district representative for U.S. Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), toured the Richmond, Va., location of Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders.

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Balanced Eating for Health

Nutrition is a hot topic year-round, however, come January it seems the presence of the newest nutrition fads take over social media, bookstores, news articles, and general conversation. It’s not uncommon to hear comments about “good foods vs. bad foods” as you’re checking out at the grocery store from a cashier, who then proceeds to go on about their newest diet plan. Amongst all these food “beliefs” it raises a question that we hope everyone would take a moment to consider – what is balanced eating for health?

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Veritas Collaborative Selects Brian Keefe, MD as Chief Medical Officer

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, today announced Brian Keefe, MD, as its chief medical officer.

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Episode 3: The Diet Culture Machine

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Diet culture is an insidious ideology that worships thinness, demonizes those that don’t adhere to the beauty standard, and oppresses those who are not viewed as “healthy.” Hilmar Wagner, a dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Public Health, joins Peace Meal to talk nutrition, diets, and why we’ve been evolutionarily conditioned to be preoccupied with food.

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Veritas Collaborative Selects Tosha Smith, PhD as New Director of Research

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, hired Dr. Tosha Smith as its new director of research. She is responsible for oversight of all system-wide data collection efforts across all company locations.

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Episode 2: Eating Disorders 101

Eating disorders are confusing and complex. On this month’s episode, host Claire Holtz sits down with Emily Program Site Director Jennifer Nelson to discuss what eating disorders are and what we can do to help those affected.

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Veritas Collaborative Starts New Year with New Senior Director of Professional Relations

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, kicked off the new year by appointing Mark Bower, MA, LPC, as senior director of professional relations.

In his new role, Bower holds responsibility for both the Professional Relations Management and Intake departments. He is tasked with the development of relationships between specialists, providers, and patients to create a collaborative environment that helps generate positive patient outcomes.

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Breaking the Stigma: 7 Truths About Eating Disorders

Despite common misconceptions, eating disorders can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, body shape or weight, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. They are serious illnesses, and an individual is not able to choose whether or not they develop an eating disorder. Unfortunately, societal misunderstandings, pressures, and stigmas often deter accurate diagnosis and prevent access to care.

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Podcast: Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Dr. Anna Tanner was featured on the Eating Disorders Resource Catalogue podcast. This episode is rich in detailing the seriousness of eating disorders in children and adolescents and how to treat these illnesses.

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Veritas Collaborative Rallies Eating Disorder Experts to Address Issues Facing Patients, Industry

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, kickstarted its seventh annual symposium on eating disorders by curating a collective of eating disorder experts from around the country to address the role community and collaboration play in patient outcomes. Held in Atlanta Sept. 13-15, the panel discussion and symposium were attended by more than 200 medical and mental health professionals from 15 states.

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Veritas Collaborative Celebrates Access to Eating Disorder Care Awareness Day with Hospital Grand Opening

Georgia’s First Eating Disorder Hospital Opens Doors to Community.

Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, today celebrates Gov. Nathan Deal’s Access to Eating Disorder Care Awareness Day at the grand opening of Georgia’s first eating disorder hospital. The hospital, which admitted its first patient June 4, celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by hospital tours and a grand opening celebration. Attendees included community dignitaries, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce members, eating disorder specialists, and the Veritas Collaborative executive team and multidisciplinary staff.

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