Blog Posts in 2012

  • Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals rely upon the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in their diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders. On December 1, 2012, the APA's Board of Trustees approved the publication of the fifth edition of the manual (DSM‑5), which will be released in May 2013. The ...
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  • Sandy Hook Elementary: What We Need to Learn

    || 21-Dec-2012

    Today is one week since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It was a horrifying and an unspeakable act of violence. The terror that ripped through the community of Newtown will impact the minds and hearts of all Americans, for a long time to come. As a nation we are slowly processing the tragedy of December 14, 2012, and we are beginning the necessary discussions about how to respond both ...
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  • On May 14, 2012, Brandy Bell was committed to Rusk State Hospital in Texas for a long history of psychiatric illnesses. After 16 days in the hospital, Brandy, 33, died. The mental illness that deprived her of her life, compelling her to lose 9 pounds in 9 days, was tragically ignored by hospital staff. Brandy died a preventable death. Although the initial autopsy reported that Bell died from blood ...
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  • Review any insurance company's denial letter for eating disorder treatment based on medical necessity, and weight or the insured's BMI (Body Mass Index), will form the basis of the denial. What is BMI and why do insurance companies refer to it as if it was the Holy Grail for determining the "healthy" weight of its insureds? Simply put, BMI holds out an outdated, incomplete and ...
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  • DSM-5 Approved by the APA

    || 3-Dec-2012

    The fifth edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) was approved by the American Psychiatric Association board of trustees on Saturday. The board's approval was the final step needed before the DSM-5's formal release in May, 2013. The DSM was last revised in 1994. This is excellent news for those in the eating disorder community who have been waiting for ...
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  • EDNOS: An Often Overlooked but Deadly Diagnosis

    || 15-Nov-2012

    Last night, ABC aired a segment on EDNOS ( Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified ). EDNOS is a very serious illness with an estimated mortality rate of 5.2%. Although the general population may not be as accustomed to hearing this diagnosis- as opposed to bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, or binge eating disorder- EDNOS is one of the most common eating disorders. See ...
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    || 13-Nov-2012

    Some of you may have received an email from NEDA asking you/your loved ones to complete a survey about treatment. Because we are committed to advocating for those whose insurance company has denied benefits for treatment, we want to share with you our concerns about this survey. We feel it is important for you to understand that this survey was created by Optum, which is more than just a ...
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  • At Kantor & Kantor, LLP, we understand that dealing with and seeking treatment for eating disorders can be emotionally and financially devastating. When your health insurance company denies payment for benefits, matters only go from bad to worse. We can help. Use the tips below to advocate for insurance coverage for eating disorder treatment: Keep these steps in mind when beginning your recovery ...
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  • Lisa Kantor and Corinne Chandler Named Super Lawyers

    || 26-Oct-2012

    Top Women Attorneys in Southern California for 2012 Recognized for Excellence in Representing People Denied Insurance Benefits National legal rating service Super Lawyers has named Lisa Kantor and Corinne Chandler among its Top Women Lawyers in Southern California for 2012. Both lawyers were selected for their achievements representing people denied disability, long-term care, health or life ...
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  • Mental Illness Awareness Week

    || 8-Oct-2012

    Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) was established by the U.S. Congress in 1990 in recognition of the National Federation for Mental Health's (NAMI) longstanding efforts to increase awareness and understanding of mental illnesses. Every year, for the first full week in October, mental health advocates and organizations across the country join forces to sponsor an array of events to increase ...
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  • Although today is the end of BEDA's Weight Stigma Awareness Week, it is only the beginning of our recognition of weight based discrimination, and reclaiming ways to dedicate ourselves to the work of challenging the bias and ending the stigma. Our work begins here. As we step forward to make use of this week's reflections, think about challenging deceiving myths given to you by the media, ...
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  • Day three of BEDA's Weight Stigma Awareness Week is about reclaiming your body image as your own. Think about letting go of the rigid ways society defines health and beauty, and allowing yourself to fall into your own unique definition of beautiful. This introspection will allow you to reflect upon and modify what really matters. I found this lovely poem on self-love to be a fantastic reminder ...
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  • Today we encourage you to spend time considering the influence and impact of weight bias on yourself, the people you love, and those surrounding you. For example, how does weight discrimination drag the focus away from the self and emphasize superficial qualities, and how can we eliminate this bully from our lives? Today is dedicated to recommitting ourselves to challenging weight bias. How can ...
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  • Day two of BEDA's National Weight Stigma Awareness Week illuminates self expression. With so much emphasis on the body, it's important for people to reflect upon how the mind, body, and soul blend together. It's imperitive that we challenge damaging ways of forming surface opinions, and move deeper into understanding each person as a whole, regardless of body shape or type. Take a ...
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  • "Weight bias can be defined as the inclination to form unreasonable judgments based on a person's weight. Stigma is the social sign that is carried by a person who is a victim of prejudice and weight bias." CDC Today is the start of BEDA's (Binge Eating Disorder Association) National Weight Stigma Awareness Week. There are countless ways that weight discrimination and stigma can ...
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