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Carrie A. Patient Expert

Washington, District of Columbia
After nearly a decade of anorexia, I'm learning how to love, laugh, and live again. And in no... Full Bio
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The 1 in 20 Project by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Eating disorders, we are told, are either freakishly rare (how many of us have seen a physician that said, "I've never dealt with one of you before") or exceedingly common ( ... Read on »
Good things come to those who wait by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders This recent post by my friend Sarah Ravin got me thinking. She writes Like many psychiatric illnesses, eating disorders are often characterized by periods of exacerbation ... Read on »
Small steps/Big steps by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I was talking to my therapist yesterday and I'd recently made some progress in recovery. I'm not going to go into specifics for privacy reasons, but it's something I had bee ... Read on »
A Tale of Two Headlines by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders As a writer and science journalist, one of the things I find most interesting and revealing is looking at how different media outlets cover the same story. Some places simpl ... Read on »
Fear, food, and the need for control by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders A recent blog post I stumbled across talked about the relationship between phobias and the need for control . One of the key components of a phobia is a fear of loss of cont ... Read on »
Why I blog (sorta)... by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders In an excerpt from his book? long read? something like that? Paul Carr writes When I decided to quit drinking, and when I realized that AA wasn’t for me, I knew I’d ... Read on »
The eating disorder world's dirty little secret by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders It's something you don't see on all of those shiny websites from spa-like treatment centers. Nor, really, do you see it on more academic websites about eating disorders. To ... Read on »
These shoes are made for walking... by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Last week, I finished reading the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed. After the death of her mother and trying to overcome a heroin addiction, the author walked the Pacific Crest T ... Read on »
Money anxiety by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I've been freelance writing full-time for almost two years now, and I'm finally getting used to the financial rhythm of working for myself. I have one steady gig that pays r ... Read on »
Recovery actions, recovery thinking by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders My friend Nancy wrote a short blog post about how recovery actions lead to recovery thinking . The title of the blog post was what I was trying to get at here , but Nancy sa ... Read on »
Defining comorbidity by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders My new friend Adam Lamparello posted the following on his Facebook page One thing that many people discuss when it comes to eating disorders is the issue of co-morbidity, t ... Read on »
2012 ICED Thoughts, Part One by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I have lots of notes and lots of thoughts from the recent AED conference in Austin (known more formally as the International Conference on Eating Disorders, ICED). Because I ... Read on »
Austin Redux by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I have spent the last several days in Austin, Texas, attending the 2012 International Conference on Eating Disorders. I am still unpacking and sorting my thoughts and notes ... Read on »
Awareness of Unawareness by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders They don't mention eating disorders, but the video is still well worth watching. I wish people discussed anosognosia and eating disorders more. You can learn more about a ... Read on »
Missing my bike by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Ever since I got back from my super long bike trip (with the accompanying wrist injury), I haven't been able to ride. Basically, until the nerve heals, riding is a no-no. I ... Read on »
What the ED community needs... by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders ...is a page like this Why Schizophrenia Patients Are Difficult to Treat It explains the issues in a clear, non-blaming, but easy-to-understand format. For many of the ... Read on »
Weekend adventures by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders This past weekend, I spent in rural western Virginia (not to be confused with the state West Virginia) on a bike trip with one of the Meetup groups I'm in. I had been workin ... Read on »
Slim logic for the "fat tax" by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders An editorial in Forbes examined the wisdom in the proposal of a "fat tax" in the US to finance the out-of-control healthcare spending in the country. The logic is this: ... Read on »
The Okay Plateau by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I was reading a book called Moonwalking with Einstein the other day (it's about the science of memory and how one journalist became the US Memory Champion) and the author, J ... Read on »
Pre-order your copy of Decoding Anorexia! by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders That's right, kids. My book is officially available for pre-order on Amazon. Decoding Anorexia: How Breakthroughs in Science Offer Hope for Eating Disorders {{There' ... Read on »