Category: Mental Health

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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Eating Disorders, Experiential Somatic Awareness and Integration

Woman struggling with eating disorder Contributor: Dr. Gina Negrette serves as the Medical Director for Aloria Health. Body distress or somatic integration often occurs when a person is under an extreme amount of stress and/or experiences trauma. Somatic awareness is when a person acknowledges their own self within their environment and uses sensations to identify the psychological, physiological and social factors [...]
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Processing Emotions and Learning to Tolerate Painful Feelings

Woman getting therapy Tolerating uncomfortable emotions can be difficult at times. It is about being able to identify feelings, process them, and coping with them as they arise. Often our society teaches us to push down negative emotions and show only positive ones. We are taught that certain emotions are not appropriate to share or express. Being unable [...]
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The Fat CEO: Why Many in Leadership Roles Are Comfort Eating

Man taking note on Prevalence & Features of Eating Disorders in Males Overwhelming stress and pressure seem to be ingrained in the American lifestyle. In fact, in 2015, the American Psychological Association found that the majority of Americans report moderate or high levels of stress [1]. For those that hold a leadership position, this stress is often heightened and chronic. After all, these individuals are tasked with [...]
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ADHD and Eating Disorders: Statistics & Trends

Teen girl on bicycle Eating disorders [EDs] commonly occur with other mental illnesses, one of those being Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Both of these disorders present significant public health issues, particularly in regard to children and adolescents. ADHD is one of the most frequently diagnosed childhood disorders, with parent-reported ADHD diagnoses rapidly increasing from “7.8 in 2003 to 9.5 in 2007, [...]
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Eating Disorder Personality Traits? Flexibility & Creativity

Woman sitting with her dog Eating disorders are mental health disorders that affect all areas of the mind and body. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder are the three types of most common disorders. Often they are characterized as a multitude of factors such as restrictive or fasting diet changes, excessive or obsessive exercise, purging or laxative use [...]
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Seasonal Depression: Stay on Track in Eating Disorder Recovery

Walking in the Spring Seasonal depression is more than just feeling tired when winter sets in. Shorter daylight and the start of fall and winter can trigger seasonal affective disorder for many individuals. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depressive disorder that occurs from fall/winter until spring time. Approximately 5% of individuals in the United States [...]
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Bipolar Disorder & Bulimia: Is the Medication Right for Me?

Woman with BED walking her dog Of those who struggle with bipolar disorder, 14% also have a co-occurring eating disorder [1]. Bipolar disorder alone can be challenging to manage, and it can require daily monitoring of symptoms and behaviors. When coupled with bulimia nervosa (BN), it can be extremely complicated to cope with varying symptoms and without different levels of treatment. [...]
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