Juicerexia? The Dangers of Juicing Diets

Juicerexia The Dangers of Juicing DietsJuicerexia The Dangers of Juicing Diets: Experts Reveal the Health Risks of the Juicing Craze

Promoters of juice diets, fasts, and cleanses promise weight reduction, clear skin, boosted energy, and diminished cravings for food. Endorsements by celebrities like Beyoncé and Gwyneth Paltrow have helped make juicing wildly popular. But the results from these fad diets can come at a very high cost, and the health hazards they produce can be radical. For people prone to having eating disorders, the risk of harm is even greater. “Addicted to the rapid weight loss, some women are taking this new diet craze to dangerous extremes,” warns TV’s Dr. Oz. “Women who do these juice cleanses can, and do, die from heart problems.” Dr. Pauline Powers, who leads the scientific advisory committee of the Global Foundation for Eating Disorders, agrees. She calls juice cleanses “the perfect pathway to disordered eating.”

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How to Spot Mental Health Red Flags

How to Spot Mental Health Red FlagsTeen Angst vs. Teen Anxiety: How to Spot Mental Health Red Flags

Worried about the emotional state of your teen or adolescent? As they begin to naturally separate from the family, it’s common for young people to seem moody or anxious. However, if you suspect that the real issue is a serious mental health disorder or substance abuse, you may have every right to be concerned. Today’s teens often engage in sex, drugs, or alcohol at an earlier age than generations in the past. Due to the intensity of the hormonal and physical changes that happen during puberty, at times, it may be difficult to tell the difference between typical teen behavior and the symptoms of an anxiety disorder or some other emotional difficulty. It helps to know the warning signs.

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Body Positive: 11 Steps to Self-Acceptance

Body Positive 11 Steps to Self-AcceptanceBody Positive: 11 Steps to Self-Acceptance

Every day, thousands of advertisements force women and young girls to compare themselves to models that are tall, slender, fair-skinned and digitally altered. “And failure to live up to them is inevitable,” says filmmaker, author and ad critic Jean Kilbourne. “Because they are based on a flawlessness that doesn’t exist,” Hollywood’s biggest celebrities battle this myth of perfection, too. “You have to look past it—you look how you look, and be comfortable,” says movie star Jennifer Lawrence. “I think we’ve gotten so used to underweight that when you are a normal weight it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, she’s curvy.’ Which is crazy.” Following these useful tips can help you combat the insanity.

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What Parents Want Eating Disorder Treatment Professionals to Know

What Parents Want Eating Disorder Treatment Professionals to KnowLearn About What Parents Want Eating Disorder Treatment Professionals to Know

“You know something is wrong with your child. You feel it in your gut,” activist, blogger, and mother Cherie Monarch writes. “If you can recognize, intervene, and treat fast, you can have this in your rear view mirror.” Drawing from her family’s treatment experience, she now has several ideas that may aid others in opening dialogues and improving the process. Along with her words of encouragement, Ms. Monarch offers a list of suggestions to help treatment providers and parents build a strong foundation for recovery. “As you and I travel this journey together,” she says, “I think it’s imperative that we support each other and collaborate.”

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The Health Risks of Diabulimia Are Frightening

The Health Risks of Diabulimia Are FrighteningThe Health Risks of Diabulimia Are Frightening: Do You Know the Signs?

The side effects of Diabulimia almost sound like an ad for a crazy new fad diet: You can eat all you want, and still lose weight. The only problem, is the price you might pay for this miraculous method- blindness, hair loss, amputation, or death.

Unfortunately far too many diabetic teens and adult women are willing to take these risks. Diabulimia is the term used to describe the combination of mental health disorders that develop when a diabetic deliberately reduces their intake of insulin to reduce their body weight. It’s a very dangerous gamble. When diabetes collides with an eating disorder, the results can be fatal.

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How to Cope With Election Stress

How to Cope With Election StressUseful Tips on How to Cope with Election Stress

Feeling stress from the 2016 election cycle? A new survey shows that you are not alone. “We’re seeing that it doesn’t matter whether you’re registered as a Democrat or Republican,” says Lynn Bufka, PhD, Associate Executive Director for Practice Research and Policy for the American Psychological Association. “Across party lines, those registered as Democrats and Republicans are statistically equally likely to say the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress.” The study by the APA also reports that social media intensifies our current emotional climate. In response to the results of their research, the organization offers some basic steps to help you cope.

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Why Today’s Teens Are More Depressed Than Ever

Why Today’s Teens Are More Depressed Than EverWhy Today’s Teens Are More Depressed Than Ever

After a decline in the 1990s, the number of young people that commit suicide has been increasing every year. While no one can explain exactly why, many experts say adolescents and teens today probably face more pressures at home or school, worry about financial issues for their families, and use more alcohol and drugs. “This is a very dangerous time for our young people,” Kathy Harms, a staff psychologist at Kansas City’s Crittenton Children’s Center, told the Portland Press Herald. “We’re seeing more anxiety and depression in children of all ages.”

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7 Habits of Highly Successful People with Bipolar Disorder

7 Habits of Highly Successful People with Bipolar Disorder7 Habits of Highly Successful People with Bipolar Disorder

“The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to take bipolar disorder very seriously,” says Julie A. Fast, author of Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder. “It’s not like other illnesses. It’s sneaky and dangerous if you don’t watch it all of the time.” She compares it to having diabetes. “People with diabetes can’t mess around – ever. I can’t either.” Firmly determined to follow her treatment plan, despite the challenges of her disorder, she says, “As long as I can keep relatively stable, I always find a way to get on with life and strive for happiness. I will never stop.” Like Fast, many people with bipolar disorder manage to lead productive lives. Here are some of the steps they all share.

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Are Eating Disorders More Common in Los Angeles?

Are Eating Disorders More Common in Los AngelesAre Eating Disorders More Common in Los Angeles? It’s True for Boys

While it may come as no surprise that young women growing up in the land of ‘the beautiful people’ would feel more pressure to be thin, a survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Los Angeles Unified School District suggests that high school aged boys in the Los Angeles area may share this burden equally. According to the report, young males in LA are twice as likely to resort to disordered eating to control their weight than the national average. Could more movies and advertisements that portray male stars with muscular physiques cause an increase in the number of teen boys suffering from eating disorders? Some experts think so.

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How to Avoid a Relapse in Recovery From a Mental Health Disorder

How to Avoid a Relapse in Recovery From a Mental Health DisorderHow to Avoid a Relapse in Recovery From a Mental Health Disorder

“Is relapse a normal part of recovery? What can I do to get back on track?” One of the biggest fears for anyone that has gone through treatment for a mental health disorder is having a relapse. It can be extremely depressing, discouraging, or demoralizing when you realize that you are slipping back into the old patterns of behavior you worked so hard to change. Old habits die hard, and your disorder will fight to keep to keep on controlling your life. But even if you lose a battle, you don’t have to surrender. You can still make peace with the disorder that has waged a war against you. Here are some steps to help someone stay on track.

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