Eating Disorders Signs and Symptoms

By Sonya Ervin & Phil Rainer, LCSW

young-people-eating-disordersAlthough eating disorders are most common among female adolescents and young adults, they can affect any age, or gender.  According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetime.  There are several different types of eating disorders including, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating disorder, etc. Although each is unique and ...

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True Resolve

ResolveTo be resolute means to be purposeful, determined, and unwavering in your intent and action. It implies commitment in the truest sense – dedicated and obligated. The phrase, “hell or high-water” comes to mind. In the course of our lives we often make commitments. Yet it seems that often, commitment takes a second seat to convenience, comfort and routine. Without true resolve, the ...

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Comprehending Suicide

Comprehending SuicideMany of life’s unexpected tragedies cause deep emotional and psychological pain. While many often raise seemingly unanswerable questions, virtually none create the wounds, doubts, and self-blame that suicide does. People die. We know that and in a way, we accept it. The death of a friend or loved one through an outside agency can eventually be accepted as the natural ...

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Mental Illness Myth Busters

Mental Health MythsNot all mental illness is serious mental illness (SMI). While over 10 million American adults suffer from serious, debilitating mental illnesses, roughly 4% of the population, a far greater number of individuals, nearly 1 in 4, suffer daily from thoughts, emotions and resulting behaviors, which damage and even ruin relationships, families, jobs, finances, quality of life, and interfere with being happy and productive.

In fact, understanding what is meant by ...

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The Definition of Mental Illness

1in5Nearly 1 in 5 Americans had a diagnosable mental health condition in the last year and many others are at risk.  In the US, the likelihood of experiencing some mental health condition over the course of a lifetime is above 50%.  For almost 20 years, stress-related issues in the workplace have been on the rise. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) stated that ...

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Get More Sleep!

SleepSleep is essential for a person’s health and well-being, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Yet millions of people do not get enough sleep and many suffer from lack of sleep. For example, surveys conducted by the NSF (1999-2004) reveal that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders and 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems ...

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Kids and “Entertainment Violence”

tvchildFor all a parent might do to monitor the influences on their kids, everything from enrolling them in positive activities to controlling who they hang out or play with, studies indicate that one of the strongest influences on kids’ values and at least some of their behavior may be the television.

As with other statistics, those on the “average” American family and its TV ...

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Mental Illness: What’s in a Name?

Mental IllnessHow would you define “Mental Illness?”  It’s not an easy question to answer. When the Board of Trustees for the prestigious American Psychiatric Association approved the Fifth Edition of its Diagnostic Manual in late 2012, a five-year effort, it received both accolades and tough criticism from professionals, public interest groups and individuals alike.  The debate over diagnosis and classification of various conditions, ...

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Body Language: What we’re really saying

BodyLanguageWhat is your body say about you? We’re not talking about your height, weight, size, or shape.  We’re also not talking about whether you’re athletically trim or could stand to lose a few pounds.  What we’re talking about is what your body is unconsciously communicating, when you’re consciously communicating to others.

Whether you are aware of it or not, your body is constantly giving ...

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