Wondering Why Some Doctors Don’t Understand Eating Disorders?
Would your family doctor recognize the symptoms of an eating disorder? Studies show that primary care doctors are usually the professionals most women, men, adolescents, and teens turn to first when they think they might have an eating disorder. But nearly 80 percent of the health care providers surveyed by the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness admitted that don’t feel they are adequately informed to identify and diagnose eating disorders. Could this lack of knowledge be one of the reasons that people with eating disorders have the highest death rates among mental health disorders?
Find Out How to Battle Weight Stigma and Binge Eating Disorder
This month, a national campaign wants to end weight stigma and the disorders it spawns. In our culture, there’s a war against weight, and the result is often the Battle of the Binge. Did you know that Binge Eating Disorder, or BED, is the most common eating disorder in the U.S.? Nearly 3.5% of all women, 2% of all men, and 30% to 40% of the people that have gone through weight loss treatments can be probably be diagnosed with binge eating disorders. Unfortunately, this disorder doesn’t discriminate. It claims people of all ages. This includes children, adolescents, teens, and adults of all races, and all levels of education and income. Do you know the warning signs?
Music is the Voice of the Soul: Do Somber Songs Make Teens More Depressed?
Many of today’s teenagers and adolescents spend several hours a day under headphones or in front of computer screens. Does what they listen to, or watch or play, make an impact on their behavior? Some of the most popular choices among young people these days range from violent, post apocalyptic video games and movies to angst-ridden Emo songs that feature long wailing choruses. Are these media stimulants soothing selections, or disturbing influences? One study revealed a few surprises.
Depression in Teens Help for Worried Parents
Young teens are notorious for being moody, sad, or overly expressive. It’s practically a stereotype in TV shows and current movies. As they make the transition from adolescent to adulthood, the emotional challenges that many teenagers face can be trying for everyone in the family. The loss of a first love, or peer pressure at school can seem overwhelming to a sensitive young person.
Useful Tips for Anxiety Advice for Adolescents
When you’re a kid, life can be hectic. Little things, like forgetting homework or missing a ride home, can stack up and add to the pressures of a stressful day. Exercise helps. Unfortunately, reaching for the remote control doesn’t count as a yoga stretching move. Video games can offer a quick escape, but in the long run, learning how to take some positive steps to unwind could be a lot more productive. If adolescents learn how to manage stress, they can feel like they have more control over the chaos.
“First of all, let me get something straight. This is a journal, not a diary. I know what it says on the cover, but when mom went out to buy this thing, I specifically told her to get one that didn’t say diary on it. Great. All I need is for some jerk to catch me carrying this book around and get the wrong idea. The other thing I want to clear up right away is that this was Mom’s idea, not mine.”
Love Your Body: 10 Tips for Body Positivity
Being body-positive encourages affirming attitudes towards your own body. Loving yourself is the greatest revolution! Many of us struggle with becoming body-positive. Below are some tips for becoming body-positive.
Challenges of Adolescence: Building Blocks to Raise Resilient Teenagers
Parenting an adolescent can be difficult. It’s not an easy time for many kids. Along with the dramatic physical changes they undergo, they may also be tested by new family dynamics, peer pressure, bullying, or social and intellectual challenges at school. Mood swings, brief periods of emotional distress, depression, or anxiety are not uncommon. But if symptoms of a mental health disorder persist, it may be time to explore treatment options. If your child is acting out, taking action now could boost their ability to develop valuable coping skills and resilience.
Suicide Survivor Inspires Teens and Adolescents. There’s Power in Sharing
The right words really can make a difference. They can save lives. Knowing what he wished someone had told him when he was desperate and obsessed with suicidal thoughts, a man that survived a horrific attempt to end his life has a very different kind of goal these days. Now he travels the world, sharing his remarkable tale of recovery with young people. An old saying is that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Meaning, there is no turning back from that final step. Hearing this story of regret may offer some troubled teens, adolescents, and young adults the sense of hope they need.
Debunking Myths: Why You Shouldn’t Be Ashamed to Say You Go to Therapy
You are not alone, a staggering one in five adults suffer from a mental illness in the U.S. in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Attending therapy is not something to should be ashamed of. Your mental health should be treated like your physical health—addressed with the help of a professional and treated not as something you caused, but something you need to care for.
Does Your Insurance Plan Cover Eating Disorders? Call 800.760.3934
If you are exploring eating disorder treatment program options for a loved one, you may already be feeling overwhelmed. So having to navigate the fine print in your insurance policy might seem like one more enormous hurdle you’ll have to confront. The good news is that the help you need could be just a phone call away. And there may be steps you can take to get the kind of coverage you need, right away, that you may not be aware of.