There’s a huge overlap between eating disorders and trauma, which can make it especially challenging to recover from these conditions. It’s common for people to spend years and years in treatment, and to continue to struggle with their symptoms.
When traditional forms of treatment, such as talk therapy (including CBT, DBT, ACT and more “alphabet soup” treatment modalities) and medication don’t work, it’s easy to get discouraged and to start to feel hopeless.
But it’s not hopeless at all. Researchers are continuing to come up with new approaches, and in this episode of the podcast, my guest Noel Linden shares her journey to eating disorder recovery that included psilocybin (yes, mushrooms) on Episode 33 of the Rebuilding Trust with Your Body podcast.
Noel is a former student of my course Non-Diet Academy and in this episode she opens up about her struggles with body image, trauma, and different types of eating disorders. After trying many forms of traditional treatment, she decided it was time to try something different. You’ll hear all about:
- Noel’s experience with many forms of disordered behavior in her life (including with food and exercise)
- Food as a source of comfort during her childhood and adolescence
- Why seeking professional help is so key for recovering from mental health issues
- What it looks like to persist through challenges in the recovery process – especially when you feel like you’ve tried everything
Plus, so much more. So if you’re ready to move from struggling to thriving, grab a pen and paper and get ready to open your mind to new possibilities!
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Search for episode 33 – Eating Disorder and Trauma Treatment – New Approaches (Including Psilocybin, Ketamine and More)
Disclaimer: The things shared in this episode are based on personal experience, and do not constitute any type of medical or psychiatric advice or treatment. Consult with your own medical and psychiatric providers before trying any treatments.
Here’s a glance at this episode…
[00:01 – 07:49] Healthy Relationship With Food
- Noel’s relationship with food as a child
- How used food as a source of comfort then learned to trust her body and relationship with food
[07:50 – 37:08] Seeking Professional Help
- Noel’s experiences with body image, food compulsion, and bulimia
- She sought help from a psychologist to help with bulimia
- She used restrictive eating, orthorexia, and compulsive exercise to lose a lot of weight
- The use of psilocybin for treatment of PTSD
[26:48 – 31:59] Exploring Experiences With Psychedelics
- Noel tells us her experiences with psilocybin and how it helped with her recovery
- She shares that there are many available resources for exploring psychedelics therapeutically
[32:00 – 44:06] Wrapping up!
- Noel advises listeners to find communities of people who understand what you’re going through
“It’s so important for adolescents to find healthy coping behaviors for their emotions and for life.” – Noel Linden
“My understanding of myself, my psyche, the way my brain works, and it’s something I resonate really strongly with. I was able to separate myself from this part of me, the bulimia, and really create space.” – Noel Linden
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