Eating disorders are serious, biologically influenced medical illnesses marked by severe disturbances to one’s eating behavior. The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.

‘Relapse’ is when someone in recovery returns to their disordered eating or weight control behaviors. ‘Lapse’ is a temporary slip or the return to previous problematic behavior. 

Relapse prevention is a cognitive-behavioral approach used in treatment to identify and prevent high-risk situations such as the re-emergence of problematic eating and weight control behaviors, or negative thoughts about eating, body, weight, or shape. 

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a type of psychotherapy focusing on behaviors, thoughts, and feelings related to one’s eating disorder. CBT helps patients to recognize and change distorted thoughts that lead to eating disorder behaviors.

  1. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a talking therapy adapted to treat individuals who suffer from intense emotions. DBT teaches individuals to identify, accept, and regulate their emotions.

  1. Family-Based Therapy

Family members learn to help their loved ones restore healthy eating patterns and achieve a healthy weight. In addition, this therapy can be beneficial for parents learning how to help a teen with an eating disorder. 

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet will help patients prevent relapse by learning to recognize and cope with factors that put them at risk or get in the way of recovery.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet should be used by patients struggling with eating disorder symptoms or strongly influenced by negative thoughts about food, weight, and body size. 

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