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Getting Enough Sleep?
Every day millions of Americans start their days sleep deprived. In fact, sleep has become a prime focus among medical professionals and researchers largely because most people simply are not getting enough of it. For example, according to a 2013 Gallup poll, 40 percent of Americans don’t get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
Published: Oct 12, 2017 | Author: Public Health Corps.
How You Can Help TEXAS!
Reach out and help in whatever way you can.
Published: Aug 30, 2017 | Author: Public
Mental Health and Physical Health
Everyone has mental health, just like physical health.
Published: Jun 23, 2017 | Author: Staff
Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that’s most often caused by asbestos exposure. It usually forms in the lungs of those who have been exposed to this deadly toxin, but sometimes occurs in the abdominal area or the area around the heart. There are a number of therapies available that can help prolong survival and minimize symptoms and discomfort, but in most cases the cancer is too aggressive and too advanced at the time of diagnosis to be cured.
Published: Mar 8, 2017 | Author: Mesothelioma.net
The Dangers of Vaping & E-Cigs
E-cigarettes are very rapidly becoming a major player in the smoking cessation world. They are very simple in their design as basically a tube that holds a battery, a heating element, and a container of liquid nicotine. When a user inhales on the end, they ignite the heating unit, which warms the liquid nicotine into steam that can then be inhaled into the lungs. While some e-cigarettes are disposable after one use, high-end models can be used multiple times. All that needs to be done is replacing the batteries when they die and installing new nicotine containers. Flavored nicotine can also be added to give the steam a nicer flavor. E-cigarette vaping helps eliminate the dangerous smoke that causes so many health problems in smokers, but it doesn’t eliminate the potential risks associated with the act. In fact, e-cigarettes have many of their own unique health dangers that must be watched for at all times.
Published: Feb 28, 2017 | Author: Rehab Center
How Service and Therapy Dogs Help PTSD Victims
Post-traumatic stress disorder, more commonly referred to as PTSD, is an epidemic impacting millions of Americans every year.
Published: Dec 27, 2016 | Author: Rover.com
The Benefits of Exercise in Addiction Recovery
Regular exercise provides many health benefits, and these benefits can have a positive physical and emotional effect in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
Published: Dec 8, 2016 | Author: The Delray Recovery Center
Meaningful Work and Recovery
Although you will encounter roadblocks and setbacks on the road to recovery, working at something that is meaningful to you can bring you a sense of purpose that will anchor you. Meaningful activity expands your sense of self-worth by adding to your skills and helping you accomplish your personal goals and feel good about yourself. Meaningful activity, which includes school, volunteer work, part-time work and full-time employment, also enables you to meet new people and make friends.
Published: Sep 8, 2016 | Author: Mental Health America
What Happens to Your Brain When You Take Drugs?
Brain Imaging studies show changes in areas of th brain that are critical to judgement, decision-making, learning and memory, and behavior control.
Published: Sep 1, 2016 | Author: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
Procrastination
Procrastination and your health.
Published: Mar 30, 2016 | Author: Lisa Stull
What to do with an Aging Parent?
The responsibility of taking care of aging parents.
Published: Feb 24, 2016 | Author: FT
Brain Health
Care of the brain as we age.
Published: Feb 12, 2015 | Author: Dr. Paul Nussbaum
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
11 Signs and Symptoms include:
Published: Nov 21, 2014 | Author: National Institute of Mental Health
What are Personal Boundaries? How do I Get Some?
Boundaries are learned. You didn’t learn you had rights or boundaries, if yours weren’t valued growing up. Any kind of abuse violates personal boundaries, including teasing. For example, my brother ignored my pleas for him to stop tickling me until I could barely breathe. This made me feel powerless and that I didn’t have a right to say “Stop” when I was uncomfortable. In recovery, I gained the capacity to tell a masseuse to Stop and use less pressure. In some cases, boundary violations affect a child’s ability to mature into an independent, responsible adult
Published: Dec 18, 2013 | Author: Dalene Lancer
Parental Comments on Appearance
expect her to be upset by what you say. Tell her you realize your comments might be disturbing, but that you in no way mean to hurt her feelings or make her feel bad about herself. Let her know that your only concern is for her well being, and that you can tolerate her annoyance about your comments because you love her.
Published: Sep 9, 2013 | Author: Johanna McShane, PhD
Talking to Your Loved One: Positive Communication Tips
Over time, with patience and a deepened understanding of the relationship she has with the eating disorder, you'll both be able to speak more freely, which will help strengthen the relationship you have with each other. The more she can feel close and safe with you, the easier it will be to relate to other people and herself, and to ultimately get better.
Published: Sep 9, 2013 | Author: Tony Paulson
Stories of Recovery (The Voices I Heard)
“Do what you have to do and that’s it,” this eating disorder reminded me. So I did. But tomorrow was another day. The pressure was on. How could I listen to it and get away with it? That conniving, sneaky voice I heard. And the voice I heard the most clearly, the safest voice, the voice I listened to and followed was anorexia.
Published: Aug 5, 2013 | Author: Melissa F.Brown
Vitamin D
New research has shown Vitamin D regulates the immune system, possibly decreasing the risk and mortality from cancer, and aiding in the prevention of inflammation.
Published: Jul 29, 2013 | Author: Diane Keddy
Misleading Health Information Flows Onto YouTube
Social networking sites like YouTube are delivering a tide of pro-anorexia messages, according to a recent review of 140 videos containing about 11 hours of video content. After three physicians reviewed the content, nearly 30% of the videos were found to be pro-anorexia (J Med Internet Res 2013; 15(2):e30) doi 10.2196/jmir2237).
Published: May 7, 2013 | Author:
How to Become a Body Image Outcast
Never diet. It is clinically documented that dieting is the gateway to eating disorders. We have a $40 billion diet industry in this country that sells us a product that fails 95% of the time. We should all be much smarter than that.
Published: May 7, 2013 | Author: Courtney Martin
Self-Esteem and Social Anxiety in Teens with Eating Disorders
Social anxiety is defined as fear of being negatively evaluated by others while in a social setting. Some 15% of the general population have levels of social anxiety that disrupt daily functioning and symptoms of social anxiety tend to increase throughout adolescence.
Published: Apr 22, 2013 | Author: Gurze Books
Missouri Bill Proposes Mandatory Coverage for Eating Disorders
Missouri State Senator David Pearce (R-Warrensburg) introduced a bill during a recent committee hearing that would mandate health insurance coverage for Missourians with eating disorders. If approved, eating disorders patients in Missouri with insurance would be covered for diagnosis and treatment of their eating disorder as well as for residential, medical, and psychiatric treatment
Published: Apr 1, 2013 | Author: Gurze Books
Unexplained Hoarseness
Acid reflux, or exposure to acidic gastric contents to the upper portion of the gastrointestinal tract, causes a well-known syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD. Symptoms found in GERD include heartburn, chest pain, regurgitation, an acidic taste, belching, difficulty swallowing, and bad breath. GERD affects about 20% of the general population.
Published: Feb 19, 2013 | Author: Reprint from Eating Disorders Review
What Are Electrolytes?
All cells maintain an electrical charge across the cell membranes that surround them, which permits cells to perform their normal functions, such as allowing nerve cells to control muscles and allowing muscle cells to contract and relax. The electrolytes in the serum (blood) produce this electrical charge, which is literally the energy of life. If electrolytes exceed their normal, tightly controlled range, normal functions will cease. Muscles may weaken and cramp, nerves may fail to conduct impulses correctly, or the brain (which, after all, is a collection of nerve cells) may not function correctly, leading to confusion, lethargy, or even seizure
Published: Aug 27, 2012 | Author: Michale Meyers, MD
Life Transitions Can Trigger Eating Disorders
Traumatic life events, such as relationship changes, the loss of a loved one, or a sexual assault, can trigger eating disorders, according to the results of a small study of 26 women and 1 man ranging in age from 17 to 64 years (median age: 27 years). As Dr. Jerica M. Berge and colleagues at the University of Minnesota recently reported , even a small change, such as moving to a new home or enrolling in a new school, may trigger anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa .
Published: Aug 3, 2012 | Author: Gurze Books
Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer
The most common sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A lump that is painless, hard, and has uneven edges is more likely to be cancer. But some cancers are tender, soft, and rounded. So it's important to have anything unusual checked by a doctor.
Published: Jul 23, 2012 | Author: American Cancer Society
Child Abuse Leaves Mark on Brain
Reduced brain volume in parts of the hippocampus could help to explain why childhood problems often lead to later psychiatric disorders, such as depression, drug addiction and other mental health problems, the researchers say. This link could help researchers find better ways to treat survivors of childhood abuse.
Published: Jun 18, 2012 | Author: Jennifer Welsh
Why do addicts get hooked?
“Think of addiction as a chronic medical illness, such as high blood pressure or diabetes,’’ he said, adding that all have a biological basis but personal behavior and environment can influence whether the given disease develops and affects an individual’s life.
Published: Jun 11, 2012 | Author: Meg Murphy
How a Need to Please Others Can Lead to Overeating
The authors found a marginally positive correlation between sociotropy and a desire to eat the same amount of candy as the peer. The degree of sociotropy also marginally predicted greater reports of basing one's eating decision on an attempt to make the peer comfortable. The results supported the hypothesis that sociotropy would be linked with eating choices, but only in cases where people believed that a peer wanted them to eat. There were no differences by gender.
Published: May 29, 2012 | Author: Dr. Julie J. Exline and colleagues
Yoga: A physical path to reshaping your mind and moving your spirit
The early founders of AA recognized that Alcoholism is a 3-fold disease affecting us physically, mentally and spiritually. The 12 step program has proved to be highly effective in addressing both the mental and spiritual aspects of the disease, while relatively little emphasis has been placed on the physical aspects. The ancient yogis knew that in order to sit and meditate for long periods of time, our bodies need to be in good physical condition, thus yoga is a natural complement to the 12 step program.
Published: May 14, 2012 | Author: Tammy Lee
Personal Growth: How to Align Your Values and Your Life
There are several questions you can ask yourself to help you figure out what values will make you happy. First, what do you choose to do in your life? Assuming that you choose activities in your life freely, such as cultural, spiritual, or athletic activities, specifying these activities is a first step in identifying the values that create congruence between your values and your life. Second, what activities do you have a great passion for and that bring you true joy in your participation? There is no better clue to what you deeply value than activities such as these. Third, what activities, experiences, and people cause you to feel deeply engaged and connected with? This absorption can only occur when your values and life are one.
Published: May 14, 2012 | Author: Jim Taylor, Ph.D.
Help! I am a College Freshman
College is not meant to be an arduous struggle with eating disorders. It is meant to be a time of self-discovery, with learning about yourself and meeting people, with taking risks and trying new directions. College has the potential to be some of your most exciting years yet, or some of the most miserable. For me, it has been both.
Published: May 7, 2012 | Author: Kyla Buckingham
Heart to Heart: Taking Risks in Recovery
he good news is that taking risks is a skill that can be practiced. Smaller, less challenging tasks can be rehearsed. For example, learning to add one “forbidden” food to your meals without purging, rather than a whole new meal, is a small, but empowering, step. So is saying, “Hi” to one new person rather than mingling with many in a crowd. By breaking down the situations that cause the most panic into smaller, more manageable actions, a person gradually gains the skills necessary for those bigger tasks. Each success, no matter how small, cultivates a little more confidence and a desire to try more daring behaviors.
Published: Apr 30, 2012 | Author: Jacquie Koweler
Confessions of a Father
I was introduced to eating disorders (ED) about midway through my daughter Jena's ninth grade year. Prior to this introduction, my wife and I were unaware of the extent of the eating disorder epidemic. Compounding the initial feelings of helplessness was the fact that Jena was attending a boarding school in northern Maine. We went from a family structure of continual contact to one that consisted of phone conversations, e-mails, and letters. I was completely unprepared for the prolonged grip the ED would have on us.
Published: Apr 23, 2012 | Author: John Greaser, PhD
Using Your Voice
Once you have told someone you have an ED, your relationship with that person may change dramatically. He or she may not be able to spend time with you any more without focusing on the fact that you have an illness. Or, you may find that the other person refuses to believe you are sick since you may "appear" well. But most people want to help and will be supportive in getting you the treatment you need. I have also encountered family members who seemed to have no reaction to my illness and this, too, can be incredibly painful to come to terms with. It is important to bring your feelings about whatever reactions you get into your treatment and work through them in that safe space.
Published: Apr 2, 2012 | Author: Robyn L. Hunter
Love is Gentle, Love is Kind
As we go through our days, we get to choose the way we behave. If we choose a loving path, our lives will be the richer for it. Loving the people around us is a familiar idea, but loving our bodies is foreign to most of us. We have been taught to hate our bodies and to vigilantly subdue and control what we perceive as our lazy, gluttonous urges. This judgmental attitude helps keep our dieting and disordered eating patterns alive and well.
Published: Mar 26, 2012 | Author: Rebecca Radcliffe
Leaving Inpatient Treatment: "Good as New?"
Remember, leaving treatment is not equal to being stitched up and coming out as "good as new." Recovery is a process experienced in community with others helping you break the destructive ways of an eating disorder, one day at a time. Make sure you take the time before you leave treatment, or if you are now out of your treatment, to set a plan for a successful recovery.
Published: Mar 26, 2012 | Author: Lee Wolfe Blum
How to Know When a Young Athlete
However, this approach to identification is not always straightforward. Coaches are often looking for the athlete who will train harder than her teammates. It is difficult for a coach (and sometimes a parent) to view an athlete who works harder and longer than the others as having a problem. On the contrary, these athletes are more often valued because of their "work ethic." Their extra training may be rewarded and reinforced. It is difficult to know if the athlete is simply a good, hard-working competitor, or a person with a problem. Nonetheless, this is a good place to start the identification process.
Published: Mar 13, 2012 | Author: Roberta Sherman, PhD
The Basics of Disordered Exercise
Studies have shown that between 33% and 80% of anorexics and bulimics engage in excessive exercise—the wide range probably due to inconsistencies in defining the term “excessive.” However, regardless of the statistics, a strong connection between eating disorders and overexercise exists, resulting in serious psychological, emotional, and physical consequences (in addition to those previously described for food-related behaviors). Exercise also has an addictive component because of neurochemical changes in the brain, which make recovery more difficult.
Published: Mar 13, 2012 | Author: Lindsey Hall and Leigh Cohn
Recogninzing and Responding to Binge Eating in Children
By the age of two, many children have developed damaging eating habits that may persist throughout their lives. Like their parents, they are eating too few vegetables and fruits and too much highly processed food laden with sugar, fat, and salt. They have already learned to prefer, and sometimes even to demand, french fries, soda, pizza, hot dogs, sugary desserts, and candy.
Published: Mar 6, 2012 | Author: Reprinted from Eating Disorders Recovery Today
Treatment for Adolescents & Young Children
A growing concern in the field of eating disorders is the increasingly earlier onset and prevalence of these illnesses in the childhood and young adolescent populations. Historically, anorexia nervosa tends to have a higher occurrence at approximately 14 and 18 years old, whereas bulimia nervosa tends to manifest in the late teenage and young adult years. Unfortunately, however, the ages of onset have shifted downward to younger and younger children. What is important to understand is that the nature of eating disorders in young people is somewhat different than their older counterparts and distinctly different in the pediatric population. The origin of eating disorders is as unique as the individual themselves, but among the historically classic cases, there are many common diagnostic characteristics.
Published: Mar 5, 2012 | Author: John Samanich, MD
Anorexia Nervosa in The Elderly
All his life my father had been a big man. Oversized. I often heard people crack jokes about his weight and tell him to stop eating so much. But now, I was worried. At 80 years old, he was depriving himself of food. He had fallen a number of times this past year and had sustained a fractured shoulder and a few broken ribs. Many times when I had phoned him, he told me he felt dizzy, weak and light-headed. Now I understood why. He was refusing food.
Published: Feb 16, 2012 | Author: By Nikki Rosen R.S.W.
When Your Parent Has an Eating Disorder...
Your role in relation to your parent's illness and recovery depends on many variables. In general, except in an acute medical or psychiatric crisis (and, some would argue, even then), your parent is an adult and is responsible for his or her own recovery work. You can offer support in whatever ways are comfortable and reasonable, but don't chronically overextend yourself. If you get worn down or become exhausted, you won't be able to take care of yourself, and you won't be in any state to support your parent either.
Published: Feb 13, 2012 | Author: Johanna Marie McShane, PhD
How to Keep the Weight Off
According to the Mayo Clinic, the "key to successful weight loss is a commitment to making permanent changes in your diet and exercise habits."
Published: Feb 6, 2012 | Author: Marina Salsbury
Teaching Children that It's Okay to Be Angry
Teaching children how to be angry in a safe and productive way.
Published: Dec 15, 2011 | Author: Andrea Ditter-Middleton
Moving in Together Stirs up Old Fears
If you're divorced and have moved on to a new, meaningful relationship, the prospect of moving in together can stir up a lot of fear related to your past marriage and its demise. Anyone who has gone through a divorce will tell you that it takes some time to get over it and move on (understatement of the year.)
Published: Aug 5, 2011 | Author: Christine Fernandez
What To Do If Your Spouse Won
The scenario of one spouse recognizing that therapy might be useful to look at a troubled relationship while the other is resistant has several possible explanations.
Published: Jul 18, 2011 | Author: John Gerson, Ph.D.
Father
On this Father's Day, what will you to to acknowledge the man that brought you into this Earth, and who showed you the ropes about how to be the good guy you've grown into?
Published: Jun 15, 2011 | Author: Jason Fierstein, MA, LPC
Solitude, Part 2: The Benefits It Brings, and the Special Strengths of the People Who Enjoy It
Here's what makes solitude so sweet
Published: Jun 13, 2011 | Author: Bella DePaulo
Sweet Solitude, Part 1: Two Meanings of Alone
Time spent alone is not just about loneliness
Published: Jun 6, 2011 | Author: Bella DePaulo, Ph.D.
Why Do Bullies Bully?
We're all familiar with bullying - those deliberate, aggressive behaviors intended to cause harm to others. Chances are, if you haven't been the recipient or the doer of these hostile acts, you've at least seen bullying occur at some point in your childhood.
Published: May 10, 2011 | Author: Mark Dworkin LCSW, P.C. and Robyn Goldberg
In The Blink of an Eye
There is no way to prepare. No way to brace yourself or let yourself down easy. When a loved one dies suddenly or their death is perceived as sudden, your entire world is turned upside down and inside out.
Published: Dec 9, 2010 | Author: Gabriel Constans
Art Therapy and Special Education
Art therapists who are interested in working in the public schools might find it helpful to understand the special education system and how art therapy services can be utilized in a special education setting. A good place to start with is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a 1990 federal law (reauthorized in 1997 and again in 2004) that ensures a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to all youth regardless of ability.
Published: Sep 30, 2010 | Author: Megan L. Van Meter, MA, LPC-AT, ATR-BC
Empowering the Traumatized Child Through The Use Of Art And Action
When a child has been personally traumatized or is part of a family, school, or community system where trauma has been experienced, the child's sense of his or her own power is generally shaken. The trauma destabilizes the world as the child knew it prior to the event(s).
Published: Sep 30, 2010 | Author: Bobbie Kaufman, ATR-BC, LCAT
Pathological gambling may be successfully treated with medications for substance addiction
Pathological gambling can be successfully treated with medications that decrease urges and increase inhibitions, according to researchers at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP).
Published: May 11, 2010 | Author: Sharon Reis
Addiction and Recovery - Choosing the Right Level of Care For Treatment
Addiction is treated on a continuum of care principle, with a variety of treatment options available. The overarching goals of alcoholism and other drug addiction treatment is the development of abstinence and relapse prevention.
Published: Mar 8, 2010 | Author: Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D., LADC, LMFT
Why the Holidays can Bring More Conflict than Joy
Help with the emotions around the holidays typically focuses on the "Holiday Blues", but there is very little press regarding the tension and conflicts that erupt during this time of year. Relationships are like the proverbial canary in the mine shafts, in that they are the first to be affected by stress and tension.
Published: Dec 3, 2009 | Author: Mr. Brett R. Williams, LMFT
How Can I Get It All Done?
Most of us know that we should consistently make time for Self-Care, but often we do not seem to find the time.Our fast-paced culture teaches us that "slowing down to smell the roses" is a luxury we cannot afford - there is always more to do than time to do it all.
Published: Nov 11, 2009 | Author: Adele Cox, MA, CMT
TRACYS KIDS ART THERAPY PROGRAM
Tracy's Kids employs six art therapists in four treatment centers, helping patients with cancer and blood disorders cope with the emotional stress and trauma of illness and treatment. Art therapy is built into the treatment setting, engaging young patients, their siblings, and parents in creative work that helps them express feelings and reflect on their treatment experiences.
Published: | Author: Tracy Councill, MA, ATR-BC
How to Deal With an Angry Spouse
It is important to differentiate the spouse whose anger is a healthy response to various partner insufficiencies, such as lack of attunement, inadequate empathy, neglect, poor partner functioning -in short anger as a protest to loss of love and safety – and anger which is more...
Published: | Author: John Gerson, Ph.D.

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