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In the U.S., over 24 million people suffer from an eating disorder. Most tend to develop during adolescence and early adulthood, leading to a lifetime of unhealthy eating habits and behaviors. These habits and behaviors can result in nutritional deficiencies and other serious health problems. Eating disorders can be attributed to a number of factors from genetics, cultural preferences, personality traits, and media influence. Studies show more women experience eating disorders than men. Here are four of the twelve major eating disorders and how to identify them: Anorexia Nervosa Anorexia nervosa is defined as “an emotional disorder characterized by an ...
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Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes wild and unpredictable changes in mood, energy, and activity levels. It can make concentrating or accomplishing simple tasks difficult and frustrating. Someone with bipolar disorder can experience periods of extreme elation, intense energy, irritability, and exaggerated behavior. These are known as manic episodes. They also experience periods of hopelessness and indifference. These are known as depressive episodes. In extreme cases, someone with bipolar disease may experience psychosis, delusions and hallucinations. The cause of bipolar disorder is not known, however, we believe genetics, environment, and brain chemistry are significant factors. The Three Types ...
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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur when you’ve experienced a traumatic event, witnessed a traumatic event, or are repeatedly exposed to details about a traumatic event. Some may even develop post-traumatic stress disorder after learning someone close to them experienced or was affected by a traumatic event. Common symptoms of PTSD include disturbed sleep, aggressive behavior, lack of concentration, extreme anxiety and more. Each of us act and react differently in response to these events, and that is ok. To properly diagnose this condition, both a thorough physical and psychological evaluation are necessary. Effective Treatments For PTSD Learning how to ...
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The impact COVID-19 has had on each of our lives can be described as both unique and difficult. For some, it meant transitioning from working at the office to working from home. For others, it meant adapting to at-home learning with virtual classes, or business compliance with evolving health mandates. These abrupt changes to the way we work, live, and interact with each other are proving to have a negative impact on the mental health of every age group. As scientists track a surge in depression  and anxiety related to the pandemic, we are forced to find new and different ...
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Did you know there are roughly 100 trillion unique organisms living in your gut? These microbiome communicate with your central nervous system and near-endocrine systems associated with anxiety and stress response. We also know the “gut-brain connection” plays a role in mood and memory, but how much more they communicate is still very much a mystery. While we don’t fully understand the connection between the brain and gut, we have plenty of evidence that suggests these micro-organisms have a significant impact on a wide range of mental health and neurological conditions. This may include but is not limited to depression, ...
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Trauma can result from a number of events that happen in the workplace. Death of a co-worker or client, witnessing an accident, or being the victim of abuse. Even events such as downsizing or re-location can be perceived as traumatic and have long-lasting effects on one’s psyche. It is normal to feel anxiety, guilt, or irritability after a traumatic event in the workplace. These are natural stress responses. However, if these feelings last weeks or months, or interfere with your quality of life at home or at work, it's time to assess the situation. Let’s look at how to better ...
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We all want the best for our children. This may never be more evident than when a concerned parent is searching for the right mental health professional to treat their child. Finding a therapist that can have a meaningful, transformative, and lasting impact on your child’s life can be a daunting, even frustrating, task. But asking the right questions and communicating effectively can make this process easier and more likely to succeed. Here are some tips to help you find the best child therapist. Start your search by asking your child’s school guidance counselor, or family and friends, for a ...
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When someone says they feel depressed, it can mean many things. It can mean they feel sad, lonely, hopeless, guilty, or any number of other complex emotions. When these feelings start to have a negative impact on the quality of your life, it is time to take action. Here Are 10 Depression Symptoms You Should Not Ignore: 1. Persistent Feelings Of Hopelessness Or Helplessness If feelings of despair linger on for more than a few days, it is time to recognize these feelings and try to resolve them. If these feelings of despair linger on for more than a few ...
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Are you having trouble finding ways to manage your anger? Is anger affecting your relationships, job, or health negatively? If so, these steps to controlling anger could change your life. Not being able to control, express, or resolve our anger can lead to disastrous consequences. Below is a process to help reduce anger and create more positive outcomes in moments of great anxiety or stress. Here Are Our 7 Steps to Better Anger Management Step 1. Learn to Pause The first and most important step to better anger management is to stop and breathe. Give yourself the opportunity to choose ...
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Did you know life can be stressful at times? Of course you did. Experiencing stress, anxiety, and anger is part of the human condition. We even have built-in responses to these stressful situations that have been part of our DNA for millions of years, like the “fight or flight response”. It is often how we respond to a situation that determines how stressful it is. For instance, some become irate at even a slight reduction in speed by the driver in front of them. Others maintain a calm blanket of serenity through the most tragic of life circumstances. Here Are ...
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