December 6th, 2012|0 Comments

It is I who turned my back on love I that is to blame I who could not grieve at all Guilty in my shame I who did not understand I who did not care [...]


October 26th, 2012|0 Comments

October 15th2012 was Obesity week in South Africa and Montrose Manor focusses on Binge Eating Disorder and the likelihood that it is one of the main causes of Obesity. A recent article by Government Employees [...]

LADY GAGA : Eating Disorder

October 17th, 2012|0 Comments

Will someone please explain why we are constantly brainwashed by the media with images of skinny supermodels who are made out to be role models? The pressure that society puts on appearance is difficult enough [...]

Ultimate Experience At Montrose Manor

October 15th, 2012|0 Comments

My name is Megan McCaul, I began interning at Montrose Manor after my honours degree in psychology, eager to gain the practical experience that is now, for the most part, necessary to be competitive amongst [...]

Whether To Treat Overeaters Separately Or Together With Those Suffering From Anorexia And Bulimia??

October 5th, 2012|0 Comments

As the dynamics of Obesity versus  Anorexia and Bulimia are so different there is a strong feeling amongst most professionals that sufferers from these disorders cannot be treated together.  Many professionals believe that because Obesity [...]

My Internship at Montrose Manor

September 26th, 2012|0 Comments

I started an internship at Montrose Manor in July 2012. I am a qualified Counselling Psychologist who formerly worked at Therapeutic Services (University of the Western Cape) for two years. As a new therapist at [...]

Using Dialectic Behaviour Therapy for treating eating disorders.

August 31st, 2012|0 Comments

In a previous post on resilience in treating Eating Disorders, I touched on the power of DBT in working with sufferers of eating disorders. This post goes into more detail about the method and its [...]

Treating the Overweight Client.

August 16th, 2012|0 Comments

When I first started working with Eating Disorders, I did not think I would be too involved with overweight clients. People also seem surprised when I tell them that at least half of our clients [...]

Anorexia Nervosa – A client’s story

July 27th, 2012|0 Comments

After attending a primary Eating Disorders unit as a day patient in London three times and still being unable to live in recovery from anorexia nervosa, I realised my only chance was to be fully [...]

Resilience in Recovery of Eating Disorders.

June 26th, 2012|0 Comments

I have just returned from the UKESAD 2012 Conference in London where I presented with Annemarie Louw to delegates on something that we are both passionate about. That is building of resilience and enhancing spiritual [...]

Treating Eating Disorders: Treating Cortisole levels and the role of Dialectic Behaviour Therapy.

June 19th, 2012|0 Comments

Although I work with adult clients suffering from eating disorders, I recently attended a course on “anxiety in children”. My rationale for this was that “in every adult there is a wounded child that needs [...]

Why there should be more communication between professionals working with eating disorders in South Africa.

April 14th, 2012|Comments Off on Why there should be more communication between professionals working with eating disorders in South Africa.

by Linda Swanepoel, occupational therapist at Montrose Manor. I have been working with eating disorders for many years and have often wondered what is actually happening in this field in the rest of South Africa. It was for this reason that I decided to plan a trip to Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban to meet with professionals working with Eating Disorders. […]

Eating Disorders – What You Can Expect When Your Daughter Has Anorexia

January 17th, 2011|0 Comments

Most people at some point or another have heard that eating disorders are about control. Control for what you might ask? There are several possibilities; one of which is the person feels she has no control over her environment, but she does have control over what she does or does not put in her mouth. No one can force her to eat, thus she has a perceived sense of control. […]

My Daughter Has an Eating Disorder – How Did I Not See the Signs of Anorexia?

January 17th, 2011|0 Comments

One of the main reasons parents miss the signs of a developing eating disorder is because it usually happens gradually; and whether it takes several months or a year, it does not happen overnight. When girls as early as eight years old are wanting to diet and dieting is now the norm instead of the exception, a girl losing some weight does not necessarily mandate hitting the panic button. […]

Bronwen’s Way – The Story of How I Overcame 25 years of Anorexia and Bulimia

January 17th, 2011|0 Comments

For years I unknowingly lived in a world that seemed to me to hold nothing but fear. I was afraid of everything; especially myself, but at the time I knew no different. 25 years of Anorexia/Bulimia had become so much part of my life, that it was as unimaginable to live without, as the fear, intense self-hatred and feelings of worthlessness, I had also lived with, for as long as I could remember. […]

Eating Disorders – Five Things Parents Can Do to Help Their Child Beat Anorexia

January 17th, 2011|0 Comments

When you are helping your child beat anorexia, there are definitely things you will want to do and some you will not. Let me tell you some things you can do to have a huge impact on your daughter’s recovery and will make life a lot easier for all of you. […]

Anorexia Nervosa – Five Things Not to Do If Your Child is Anorexic

January 17th, 2011|0 Comments

If you wonder whether or not you are taking the right approach with your child’s anorexia, this is the article for you. Let me give you five quick tips for what not to do when helping your child beat anorexia. […]

My Daughter Has Anorexia – FAQs For Eating Disorder Parents

January 17th, 2011|0 Comments

Why can’t she just eat? She can’t eat because the eating disorder won’t allow her to. It sounds bizarre, but when your daughter crossed the invisible line between losing weight and anorexia, she may as well have entered the Twilight Zone. And like it or not, you are there with her and nothing is as it appears. […]

Bulimia And Anorexia: 5 Common Reasons

January 17th, 2011|0 Comments

While some people like eating and eat very much, others consider eating as a hard work due to their loss of appetite. These are two sides of eating disorders: bulimia and anorexia. The disorders occur because of psychological and physical problems. To relieve them, it is the most important to determine exactly their reasons. […]

Diagnostic Criteria Of Anorexia Nervosa

January 17th, 2011|0 Comments

Eating disorders can be broadly classified in two categories (1) Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder where the sufferer refuses to maintain a healthy body weight and has obsessive fear of gaining weight, combined with a distorted self image. Persons with anorexia nervosa continue to feel hunger, but deny themselves all but very small quantities of food. […]

Startling – Male Anorexia Does Exist!

January 17th, 2011|0 Comments

Male anorexia or also known as ‘Manorexia’ was typically thought to be a disorder affecting only teenage girls or women. It is however, just a term generally used to distinguish male patients suffering from anorexia. Whatever the name given, just like anorexia, Manorexia is subject to the same consequences as the one affecting their female counterpart. […]

Dealing With Eating Disorders

January 17th, 2011|0 Comments

It is not weak to have an emotional issue. This is our brain protecting us so we can cope with hurt, loss, depression, despair, abuse etc. The first step is to acknowledge that there is an issue and then ask for help. If you are suffering from Bulimia you need specialist help with learning to eat again. Bulimia occurs when we try to lose weight or maintain a certain size by dieting or depriving ourselves. […]

Symptoms of Anorexia

January 17th, 2011|0 Comments

Anorexia Nervosa is a life threatening condition that can put a serious strain on many of the body’s organs and physiological resources. Weight loss is usually 15% below the person’s normal body weight. People suffering from anorexia are very skinny but are convinced that they are overweight. […]

Anorexia Negative Effects

January 17th, 2011|0 Comments

Somebody with anorexia nervosa would certainly have to seek therapy given that this disorder is an eating condition that is likewise related to psychological issues. Young folks with anorexia should be granted immediate treatment given that complications might arise from this simple but threatening problem. […]

Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

January 17th, 2011|0 Comments

Anorexia Nervosa is a life threatening condition that can put a serious strain on many of the body’s organs and physiological resources. Weight loss is usually 15% below the person’s normal body weight. Anorexia is a very common neuropsychological disorder that has a very high incidence in the young population. […]

Anorexia Information

January 17th, 2011|0 Comments

Anorexia nervosa is categorized as an eating problem strongly linked with psychological condition. The fact is, anorexia strikes a minimum of seventy million folks across the world therefore causing protein-energy malnutrition frequency based on the World Health Organization. In the U. S. alone, the National Institute of Mental Health reported that this eating disorder carries a prevalence of 5.6 % per 10 years leading all other conditions amongst females. […]

Anorexia: Not A Beauty Statement, Just A Disease

January 17th, 2011|0 Comments

In light of French Supermodel Isabella Caro’s death on November 17th 2010, there has been a sudden surge in the media attention concerning anorexia and other eating disorders prevalent in the modeling industry for decades. Caro, whose death was only reported a few days ago, was considered the face of anorexia. The model had been been suffering from it since the age of 13. […]

Something You Should Know About Treatment for Anorexia

January 17th, 2011|0 Comments

Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by an irrational fear of gaining weight coupled with a relentless pursuit of becoming thin. Anorexia is usually seen in adolescents and young women although men and children are also likely to experience the condition. Due to the distorted view of one’s body weight that anorexics suffer from, they resort to self starvation through dieting, fasting, and purging in order to continuously shed off pounds. […]