Category: Mental Health

Binge Eating Disorder & Co-Occurring Issues

Woman struggling with grief and antidepressant withdrawal It is common for eating disorders to occur alongside existing mental health diagnoses. When this happens, we refer to the disorders as co-occurring. 79% of individuals diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder (BED) have been to struggle with a co-occurring disorder [1], in particular, mood disorders, such as major depressive disorder (MDD) or bipolar disorder, and substance [...]
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Bipolar Disorders and Disordered Eating

Woman standing in the sunset You’ve undoubtedly heard the common phrase “he/she is so bipolar” uttered in reference to a person that has extreme emotions or mood swings. This popular way of referring to Bipolar Disorder isn’t completely accurate. The disorder is characterized by unusual and sporadic shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. [...]
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Emotion Regulation Challenges Among Teenage Girls Who Have Anorexia or Depression

Girl walking and struggling with Emotion Regulation Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Given the physical, psychological, and social transformations that are characteristic of adolescence, it is not uncommon for a teen to experience temporary challenges related to healthy or appropriate emotion regulation strategies. For teenage girls who have developed anorexia nervosa or a depressive disorder, the likelihood that they [...]
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Emotional Avoidance Maintains Mental Illness

Young girl struggling with Emotional Avoidance Imagine requesting your patient place their hand on a hot burner and allow themselves to fully engage their awareness and presence with the sensation of their burning flesh. This seems counter-intuitive, unethical and downright cruel. It certainly would not add therapeutic value. Surprisingly though, learning to move toward the physical discomfort and even pain that [...]
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Texas Christian University Exemplifies State of the Art Counseling Support for Students

TCU Frog Fountain Dr. Eric Wood is the Director of Texas Christian University (TCU) Counseling and Mental Health. He offers insight into TCU’s counseling support and observations and direction on improving college counseling centers in this interview. At Eating Disorder Hope and Addiction Hope, we are continually contacted by college students seeking help for eating disorders, substance abuse, [...]
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Rethinking the Traditional Model of College Campus Counseling

TCU Library There’s much talk in the field of college mental health about the ever-growing “mental health crisis [1].” Much of this talk centers on the narrative that universities are overwhelmed by a generation of college students reporting more stress and more psychopathology than ever before. Though the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors reports [...]
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Can Borderline Personality Disorder Cause an Eating Disorder?

Woman struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder and an eating disorder Contributor: Melissa O’Neill, LCSW, Director of Clinical Operations at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Decades of research have revealed a connection between eating disorder (EDs) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) — EDs are far more prevalent in those struggling with BPD: 53.8%, as opposed to the nationwide average of approximately 6%. Most people have a [...]
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