Eating Disorders

Understanding Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder where people become concerned about their weight. They try to prevent weight gain and may starve themselves to achieve this. Anorexia nervosa is not about weight, but mostly an unhealthy way to cope with emotional problems. Thinness to them equates to self-worth. According to Wikipedia, "Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by immoderate food restriction, inappropriate eating habits or rituals, obsession with having a thin figure, and an irrational fear of weight gain. It is accompanied by a distorted body self-perception, and typically involves excessive weight loss." It is mostly diagnosed in females than in males. This post will discuss the symptoms, causes and treatment for anorexia nervosa.

Anxiety & Panic

Understanding Agoraphobia

According to Wikipedia, "agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by anxiety in situations where the sufferer perceives certain environments as dangerous or uncomfortable, often due to the environment's vast openness or crowdedness. These situations include wide-open spaces, as well as uncontrollable social situations such as the possibility of being met in shopping malls, airports and on bridges. Agoraphobia is defined within the DSM-IV TR as a subset of panic disorder, involving the fear of incurring a panic attack in those environments. In the DSM-5, however, agoraphobia is classified as being separate from panic disorder. The sufferer may go to great lengths to avoid those situations, in severe cases becoming unable to leave their home or safe haven." This can be challenging to treat because people have to confront their fears and most are unwilling to do so. Most are on guard and have developed routines to avoid situations that will cause panic attacks or anxiety. The following blog will disucss symptoms, causes, and treatment.


Effective vs. Ineffective Communication

We are social beings. Assertiveness is a style of communication and is the most effective type of the four types of communication. Unfortunately, assertiveness is not used as often as people should. All of us use each of the four styles of communication, and as a result some of our interactions can be unsatisfying and frustrating. The following blog will describe the four styles of communication. Try to think of the time you used each style of communication and how effective it was.


Managing Anger

Do you get into frequent arguments or fights? Do you sometimes have angry outbursts or difficulty controlling your aggressive behavior? Has anger ruined your relationships at work or in your personal life? Do you blame others for your behavior or how you are feeling? Anger is a normal emotion, but when it takes control over you it can have serious consequences in your relationships and health. The following blog will hopefully teach insightful anger management tools where you can gain control over your anger.


Positive Thinking

"Positive psychology is the branch of psychology that uses scientific understanding and effective interventions to aid in the achievement of a satisfactory life, rather than merely treating mental illness" (Wikipedia). It focuses on growth and well-being. It centers around making people happier and more productive. It offers strategies to help people develop and build personal strengths such as courage, social skills, honesty, optimism, and hope. Positive psychology is not to replace traditional psychology, or to deny how things go wrong, but to emphasize the importance of how things go right.


Understanding Schizophrenia

According to Gloom (2014), "schizophrenia is a devastating mental illness that affects approximately 1% of the adult population in the United States."   Schizophrenia is a mental disorder in which people find it difficult to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences. A person may think illogically and may have abnormal emotional responses. Schizophrenia may result in hallucinations, delusions or disoriented thinking and behavior (these are known as positive symptoms), and social withdrawal, anhedonia, blunting emotion (these are known as negative symptoms).  It occurs in equal rates among men and women. In men, symptoms usually begin early to mid 20's. In women, symptoms usually begin in the late 20's. The illness develops slowly and may not be noticeable at first.


Motivational Poem

Numerous poems have been written through the ages. Some have been recited because they have motivated someone and is the underlying component of someone's success story.   I found this motivational poem and thought that it is a poem we should live by. It has motivated me in many ways- to live life day by day and to savor every moment of it; to take chances and to learn and grow from them even if it was the wrong choice to make; and to not take things for granted. This poem is written by an unknown author and I hope that you will enjoy the poem as much as I did.