Tag Archives: Mental health

How Genetic Variation May Impact Antidepressant Efficacy in Eating Disorder Treatment

DNA Strand of Genetic Variation Impact on Eating Disorder Treatment Sponsored By: The Laureate Eating Disorders Program Understanding the role of dietary deficiencies and genetic variation impact on the efficacy of medication can be an effective tool when treatment planning with patients and families. Incorporating information about individualized genetics as part of a larger conversation about medication trials or compliance may be useful for some patients [...]
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PTSD and Bulimia: Relational Statistics & Trends

Woman sitting with her dog Bulimia and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) frequently occur together, primarily when a stressful or traumatic event occurs.  Reactions can be overwhelming, and cause distress to the point of emotional impairment, dysfunction to daily life, and physical problems [1]. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that trauma varies from person-to-person and reactions depend [...]
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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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Orthorexia and Anorexia: Comparison and Correlation, Part I

Woman getting therapy Orthorexia Nervosa (ON) is a reasonably new eating disorder that is becoming more common and more well-known. Many compare this disorder to Anorexia Nervosa (AN) as they have a few overlapping symptoms. However, it is essential to be aware that both need to be considered different disorders and approached as such when it comes to [...]
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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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How Do I Know if My Young Child is Binging?

Child struggling with ARFID Children tend to go through phases as they grow and develop. Often, an increase in eating typically means that they are growing in some way. For some children, eating becomes a coping mechanism to manage heightened emotions, struggles at school or home, and other issues that they are unsure how to manage. For some children, [...]
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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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When Negative Food Talk Takes Over the Office Holiday Party

Office Christmas party place setting Holidays are a beautiful time. Filled with loved ones, family, friends, and meals. When Christmas parties occur at your work, it can be a struggle for those with an eating disorder. Food, especially food that may feel safe to a person with an eating disorder, can be more of a battle during holiday parties. Holidays [...]
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