More on Anorexia

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that is prevalent especially among young women and, increasingly, among young men.

Marked by a distorted sense of body image and extreme voluntary starvation, and closely associated with perfectionism and depression, it is the most deadly psychiatric disorder.

Anorexia is highly resistant to treatment, and when the starvation becomes life-threatening, the usual recourse is hospitalization with forced feeding.

Recent Posts on Eating Disorders

The Meaning of Size

With the average American model meeting the criteria for anorexia nervosa and the average American female being classified as overweight, no wonder we are seeing a rise in body dissatisfaction and eating disorders as women hit middle age (40s to 60s).

Feeling Paranoid?

Paranoid fears are common and have a variety of causes but new research shows specific issue cognitive behaviour therapy can bring significant benefits

Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors

By The Book Brigade on March 03, 2015 in The Author Speaks
The millions of teens and adults who engage in self-destructive behavior do so because they never learned more constructive ways of soothing themselves in moments of distress. Many have engaged in such behaviors for so long that they can't envision a way out. But it's possible to replace self-destructive acts with kinder means of coping.

How to Find Proof That Hope is Not Lost

By Gregg McBride on February 28, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
The little, seemingly innocuous ways you take care of yourself are your proof that you care about yourself. And this "proof of caring" can be the first step toward committing yourself to lasting and permanent change when it comes to other matters like losing weight, embracing wellness, and/or getting healthier.

Why the "Eat Less, Move More" Approach Often Fails

Why the "Eat Less, Move More" Approach Often Fails. Not all calories are the same, By Susan Kolod, Ph.D.

Eating Disorders in the Orthodox Jewish Community

Eating Disorders: What Does Being an Orthodox Jew Have to do With It? Contradictory demands on women may result in disordered eating. By Caryn Gordon, Psy. D.

Mothers, Daughters and Food

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on February 25, 2015 in A Million Meals
It seems especially cruel and strange that mothers often pass down a legacy of self-hatred, guilt and shame to the very children for whom they would otherwise lay down their own lives.

The Secret Reason You Can't Lose Weight

By Temma Ehrenfeld on February 24, 2015 in Open Gently
Getting adequate sleep is essential to any diet.

3 Myths About Eating Disorders Debunked

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on February 24, 2015 in Food Junkie
Eating disorders can be very difficult to understand. In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, take some time to learn a bit more about these disorders and the truth behind a handful of myths that surround them.

The 'Journey' of Psychotherapy

The “Journey” of Psychotherapy: On a voyage with an eating disordered patient. By Hilary Maddux, LCSW

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat. Here are eight negative attitudes of chronically unhappy people...

I Had No Idea

By Harriet Brown on February 21, 2015 in The Truth About Your Health
I had no idea how our obsession with thinness was bad for everyone's health.

Family Dinners are Great for the Body and the Soul

By Anne K Fishel Ph.D. on February 20, 2015 in The Digital Family
Science says Michelle Obama is right about the importance of family dinners. Potus, Flotus, and the First Girls take full advantage. Does your family?

Queen of Consciousness

By Susan Blackmore Ph.D. on February 20, 2015 in Ten Zen Questions
I was “Queen of consciousness” in this month’s PT magazine, talking about out-of-body experiences, hallucinogenic drugs, anorexia and the future of technology.

Feeling Stuck in Your Battle Against an Eating Disorder?

By Nancy Matsumoto on February 20, 2015 in Eating Disorders News
"At some point we made pain a problem to be solved like a math problem. Pain can't be solved any more than a sunset can be solved."

You Can’t Save Your Child From Their Anorexia

By Emily T. Troscianko on February 18, 2015 in A Hunger Artist
This guest post by my mother Sue Blackmore reflects on the difficulty, for parents with an anorexic child, of striking the right balance between caring for their child and ruining their own lives trying and failing to help.

Good Jobs Are Going Away... And What to Do About It

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 18, 2015 in How To Do Life
The low unemployment rate masks the real situation... and what to do.

Four Reasons You're Not Having Sex

Women want sex as much as men do, but sometimes life gets in the way.

Body Language

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 17, 2015 in In Excess
Muscle Dysmorphia describes a condition characterised by a misconstrued body image in individuals interpret their body size as both small and weak even though they may look normal or even be highly muscular. But could it be classed as an addiction to body image?

There Is a New Paradigm for Psychiatry

The hope for a molecular-biochemical explanation for psychiatry is false. It is believed we are on the verge of proving that psychiatry is a brain disease, no different from cancer or diabetes. But there is a paradigm that fully illuminates psychiatry - the ‘Play of consciousness, which is consonant with biology, neuroscience, and evolutution.

When Things Change, Hold on to Your Health

By Teri Goetz MS, LAC, ACC on February 15, 2015 in Renaissance Woman
We all know change is inevitable. But, what happens when a time of change effects your health? Learn how to use this time of change for greater health. Create greater health at any time in your life!

Ten Surprising Facts about Brooding

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on February 15, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
We typically try to process painful or upsetting experiences by self-reflecting and thinking about them. While it is common to replay distressing events in our minds, there are healthy and unhealthy ways to do it. Do you know the difference?

New DSM-5 Disorder Spurs FDA Drug Approval, Expanded Market

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on February 14, 2015 in Side Effects
A drug-maker's blunt challenge: “increase the numbers of patients diagnosed.”

Thirst Responders

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 13, 2015 in In Excess
Most people have probably heard of ‘binge drinking’ and ‘binge eating’. But what about binge gambling? Binge gambling shares many similarities with other binge behaviours including loss of control, salience, mood modification, conflict, withdrawal symptoms, denial, etc. This blog looks at an interesting case study of binge gambling

Campus Sexual Assault & Binge Drinking: What Can Parents Do?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on February 11, 2015 in Off the Couch
The double whammy of sexual violence and binge drinking on college campuses has parents concerned – as well it should. As numerous studies have shown, the two behaviors are closely linked in a number of ways. Do you, as a parent, feel helpless to do anything about it?

Therapy and Weight Loss

How can mental health providers assist in your weight loss goals? Read on to learn more...

5 Reasons That Alcohol Makes You Fat

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on February 07, 2015 in The Fallible Mind
Most of the calories in drinks come from the alcohol more than the carbs or sugars they contain. There's no getting around the facts, which is why low-alcohol beverages are better for your waistline than low-carb varieties.

Diabulimia

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on February 06, 2015 in Eating Mindfully
What is diabulimia? Read this post to learn about the signs, symptoms, and dangerous consequences of this eating disorder.

Victims of Sexual Abuse

By Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. on February 06, 2015 in Get Hardy
Recent allegations of sexual abuse against Actor Stephen Collins and entertainer Bill Cosby have been in the news. Once again the statute of limitations on reporting sexual abuse has come front and center of our awareness, making us question why more victims do not come forward sooner. Dr. Deborah shares information on this very important matter.

A New Drug Treatment for Binge-Eating Disorder

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on February 04, 2015 in Eating Mindfully
On January 30, 2015, the FDA approved the use of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) to treat binge-eating disorder (BED) in adults. This is the first medication ever approved by the FDA for the treatment of BED. But before you run out to your nearest physician to get your prescription, here are some things to know.