Most doctors, health experts and trainers would say that the majority of Americans get far too little exercise. There does exist a small percentage of people, however, who overdo it when it comes to physical activity. It can start out in a variety of ways, but for some people, exercising becomes an obsession, a compulsion […]
Alcoholism is the common term for an established physical dependence on the presence of alcohol inside the brain and body. In mental health terms, this dependence represents one form of a condition called alcohol use disorder. Both alcoholism and eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are known to stem partially from inherited genetic factors. […]
Full disclosure: I am not overweight. I have not lived this challenge firsthand, but have only witnessed what others have gone through and heard their stories. As a woman, I know that being pretty and thin are seen as good, and that being fat is understood as bad. Unhealthy, but even worse, many women experience […]
After 13 long years of research, discussion, and debate, on May 18, 2013, the American Psychiatric Association finally released the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This nearly 1,000 page-document provides a comprehensive listing and description of all the mental health disorders that are currently believed to exist, based on […]
Child star Amanda Bynes has grown up and is currently using social media to reveal her grown-up issues with her image. Following the former Nickelodean star’s Twitter feed might give psychologists valuable insights into a troubled mind. “Looking pudgy and I broke my nail” might not sound that much different than the average 26-year old […]
All the way back in 1976, a recording artist named Larry Groce released a novelty song called “Junk Food Junkie.” This catchy little tune told the Jekyll-and-Hyde-themed tale of a man who ate only healthy and wholesome foods by day, but who transformed into a junk food-craving maniac who would pig out on every sort […]
The whirlwind of activities during November and December are often accompanied by a large amount of food. This can make the holidays a dangerous time for someone recovering from an eating disorder. Being repeatedly faced with food challenges on top of the other normal stresses of the holidays can make these months especially susceptible to […]
Mental health professionals use a standardized manual to guide them in diagnosing patients. Known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health or DSM-IV, the current manual is 20 years old and is due to be revamped. The new manual, DSM-V, is expected to be released in 2013. Many anticipate that the updated manual […]
Besides being TV personalities, what do Katie Couric and Demi Lovato have in common? Both women have publically confessed to struggles with bulimia. The two chatted about their common bond on Couric’s new show, "Katie," during an episode that aired on Monday, September 24.
In today’s world where being beautiful, young, and thin are the Holy Grail, women are pushing their bodies to the limits in order to fit in. But while most everyone knows the dangers of bulimia, and anorexia, not everyone is familiar with a newer addition to the eating disorder family – orthorexia nervosa.