Category: Mental Health

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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Confronting Your Trauma in Eating Disorder Recovery

Woman Dealing with Depression and Eating Disorders Prior abuse can trigger eating disorder behaviors due to trauma and feelings of shame, guilt, and a need for self-punishment. Eating disorder behaviors are often a way to self-manage the memories and emotions through starvation, binging, purging, and self-harming. People who battle with an eating disorder are approximately at a 30% increase for having past [...]
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Using Alcohol to Perpetuate Eating Disorder Behaviors

Woman using her phone to check Instagram Eating disorders commonly occur alongside co-existing mental health conditions. Yet, even with this knowledge, it is shocking to learn that only 9% of the general population abuse alcohol and drugs while 50% of individuals with eating disorders do so [1]. The connection between negative body-image, eating disorders, and alcohol abuse, particularly among adolescents, is clear [...]
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Bulimia Nervosa and Co-occurring Mental Health Issues

Woman with struggling with eating disorder Recovery Imperfection Unfortunately, it is common for those with bulimia to experience co-occurring mental health problems. These disorders often share common risk factors and symptoms with bulimia, resulting in a dangerous combination that can make the recovery process more challenging. Anxiety Disorders Studies have shown that “the majority of people with …bulimia nervosa experience one or more [...]
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Is Social Media Helping or Hurting My Mental Health?

Man searching for Eating Disorders in Males on his smart phone Contributor: Kirsten Haglund, Community Relations Representative for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center and Founder and President of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation In order to take a proper, introspective look into how our social media habits affect our mental health, we first need a proper idea of how good mental health actually looks. The World Health [...]
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Avoid Eating & Smoking: Is This a Form of Disordered Eating?

Woman sitting on a cliff thinking about BED recovery When it comes to eating disorders, there is much more information available about the more commonly known illnesses, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. However, aside from these psychiatric illnesses are various different forms of eating disorders, spanning a spectrum of complications that can severely impact a person’s quality of life. Disordered [...]
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Compulsive Eating & Depression: Seeking Professional Help

Woman struggling with depression Contributor: Melissa O’Neill, LCSW, Director of Program Development at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Addictions and eating disorders rarely manifest alone. Whereas a patient may have a primary diagnosis of anorexia or bulimia, it is likely that she will have a secondary diagnosis of anxiety, impulse control disorder, or obsessive compulsive disorder, to name but [...]
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