Teen Mental Health: Treatment for Body Dysmorphic Disorder
“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Like the dialogue between the evil queen and her enchanted mirror, some of us get a response we don’t want to hear when we look at our reflections. “My nose is too big. My ears stick out. My skin looks bumpy,” your inner voice may say. Most everyone has experienced this. But some teenagers obsess about their appearance so much that it interferes with their ability to see themselves accurately. It creates havoc in daily life for their families. If not treated properly, teenagers with Body Dysmorphic Disorder may also suffer from severe anxiety, extreme depression, or develop an eating disorder.
Reading Your Way to Recovery
If you or someone you love is going through the process of treatment for an eating disorder, you may be looking for more information than a casual Internet search can provide. This reading list should help. As a tribute to the “Voices of Recovery” theme for National Recovery Month, these informative publications provide more personal stories of recovery in great depth and detail. While reading is no substitute for an integrated holistic therapy program, many of these books offer strategies and inspiration for ED patients and their families.
Choose the Right Eating Disorder Treatment Center For Your Teen
If your teenager has been suffering from the symptoms associated with Anorexia, Bulimia, binge eating disorder, or B.E.D, Orthorexia, or other eating related behavior disorders, taking the first steps to help them find the right kind of treatment may seem overwhelming at first. In some cases, these symptoms can be life-threatening. So it’s very important to understand what a comprehensive treatment program for eating disorders can do to help your family reach recovery.
Activity Trackers and Eating Disorder Recovery: Are They Really Helpful?
The new and popular way to track activity progress is through fitness trackers. It seems as if everyone has the ever popular Fitbit these days, a flexible wrist band, that comes in a variety of bright colors, that can track your steps, calories, distance traveled, calorie intake, heart rate, and sleep patterns. Although these activity trackers can be helpful in many ways, such as providing motivation, accountability, and goal setting, should everyone own one?
Feeling Moody? Is It Just the Winter Blues?
Here in the northeast, we can all agree that summer comes too late and leaves too soon. The end of the summer season is bittersweet- children (and their parents!) are excited for the start of the new school year, yet simultaneously sad that the carefree nature of summer is coming to an end. As the seasons change, so do our schedules, and rather frequently, our moods. It is not uncommon for individuals to feel a shift in their mood when the weather changes. In fact, this shift in mood can be chronic, and is actually a disorder identified in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) 5 as Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern (previously called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD).
Know What Factors Can Contribute to an Eating Disorder?
Eating disorders can stem from a variety of factors that include psychological, interpersonal, social, and biological. Eating disorders can be influenced by environment as well. It is important to know that eating disorders are not all about food. Eating disorder behaviors such as restricting, purging, and binging, are coping skills individuals use when under distress. Here are some factors that can contribute to an eating disorder:
Debunking the Myth: FAT Is Not a Feeling
In 2015, Facebook added a list of feelings, along with matching emoticons, to choose from when updating your status. Sadly, among those feelings was “fat”. The emoticon associated with the “fat” feeling was chubby-cheeked with a double chin. As you can imagine, this caused an uproar. Members of the eating disorder community voiced their concerns that this was a digital form of body shaming.
Stories of Recovery From Eating Disorders Give Others Hope
It’s time to celebrate those who have done the hard work to heal from eating disorders and turned their lives around. National Recovery Month has inspired millions of people in the U.S., raising awareness about behavioral disorders. This year, the theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!” To encourage others that are still in need of services and support, SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, asks people to share their personal stories of recovery. Even if you aren’t as far along in your journey as you would like, you can draw inspiration from the tales these survivors tell.
Want to Stay on the Path to Recovery? How to Survive Family Cookouts When You Have an Eating Disorder
With Labor Day off, many people will be heading to parks and beaches for family picnics and parties. Like most major holidays, our annual tribute to the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the U.S. will be celebrated as most special occasions are. With food and booze. Recipes for dips, dishes, and drinks are posted on all the most popular social media outlets. But for people recovering from eating disorders, holidays can be very challenging.
Find Out What Really Happens in BED?
How many times has your favorite television program been interrupted by a weight loss commercial? Ads for dieting pills and programs like Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Hydroxycut, and Weight Watchers inundate our lives with promises of weight loss and body satisfaction. Programs like these consume our population with ideals of body images that are unattainable and often unhealthy for most people.