Category: Mental Health

Developing Emotion Regulation Skills in Eating Disorder Recovery

Eden Featured Profile Image 5 It is a universal human experience to encounter overwhelming or turbulent emotion-states and learn how to deal with them with skills such as emotion regulation. Struggling with doing so is a common trait in many psychiatric conditions such as generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, substance use disorders, borderline personality disorder, and, you guessed it, [...]
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Eating Disorders and Mental Health

young woman with illusion of Control in the Development of Eating Disorders Contributed by Staff at McCallum Place Eating disorders can cause individuals to experience a range of symptoms that can interfere with their ability to function. While many eating disorder symptoms are the result of disordered eating behaviors, there are many associated emotions that can lead to low self-esteem and difficulty participating socially. But, is there [...]
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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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