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Resources Tagged With: eating disorders

Pandemic Fueling a Sharp Rise in Eating Disorders, Bay Area Experts Say

Nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic, another harrowing surge is seeing steep increases: eating disorders.

Over the past 10 months, eating disorders have increased dramatically nationwide, with the National Eating Disorders Association reporting a 78% increase to its helpline since March. Read more ›

Dialectical Behavior Therapy — Skills for Taking Control of Your Thoughts, Emotions, and Relationships [web resource]

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) focuses on teaching people strategies to help them live their best and most productive life. DBT is often used to help people with depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorders, addictions, eating disorder, and PTSD. Read more ›

The Importance of Practicing ‘Radical Acceptance’

When we try to grasp for “a false sense of control” or fight against situations/emotions that we cannot change, this often leads to suffering. While there are certainly situations or circumstances in life that are within our control, often there are times when we simply are unable to change the reality of a situation. Read more ›

For Many, Eating Disorders Are Made Worse by the Pandemic

When the novel coronavirus began spreading nationwide, prompting restrictive lockdowns and fueling pervasive feelings of loneliness, anxiety, depression and stress, it didn’t take long for Marita Cooper and other experts who specialize in eating disorders to see the pandemic’s effects on their patients.

Beyond the broad mental health impacts linked to the sudden disruption of lives and widespread isolation, coronavirus-related restrictions created specific factors that could put people with eating disorders at increased risk, said Cooper, a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University. Read more ›

Study: Teens with Negative Body Image May Experience Depression as Adults

Adolescence is fraught with stressful changes, and the developing body can be one of those challenges, especially if a teen’s body doesn’t meet society’s — or that teen’s — standards.

Negative body image can threaten mental health, according to new research that found teenagers who were dissatisfied with their bodies tended to experience depression as adults.
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Does Your Child Have an Eating Disorder? This Guide Can Help Your Child Eat Normally Again

Parents are the first to know when their child starts behaving differently. Has your son stopped eating his favorite food, or does he refuse to eat out with friends? Has your daughter drastically increased her exercise regimen, or become obsessed with health foods? These are among the telltale signs that your child, like millions of others, may have an eating disorder (ED). Read more ›

Eating Disorders Thrive In Anxious Times, And Pose A Lethal Threat

Eating disorders are thriving during the pandemic. Hotline calls to the National Eating Disorders Association are up 70-80% in recent months. For many, eating is a form of control — a coping mechanism tied to stress. Food scarcity and stockpiling behavior can trigger anxieties about eating, or overeating among some. Read more ›

Disordered Eating in a Disordered Time

Roughly one in 10 Americans struggle with disordered eating, and the pandemic has created new hurdles for those managing difficult relationships with food. Working from home means spending the day next to a fully stocked refrigerator. Grocery trips are less frequent, creating a pressure to load up. Social meals are out of the question. And many individuals feel an enhanced degree of uncertainty and angst, which can exacerbate existing mental health challenges. Read more ›

Cartoonist Raina Telgemeier Illustrates What Anxiety Feels Like in ‘Guts’

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it’s probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, but it soon becomes clear that Raina’s tummy trouble coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships.

Dedicated to “anyone who feels afraid, Raina Telgemeier’s funny true story, written for children ages 8-12, is about how she gathered the courage to face — and conquer — her fears. Read more ›

Teen Depression: The Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Teen depression is a serious medical illness. It’s more than just a feeling of being sad or “blue” for a few days. It is an intense feeling of sadness, hopelessness, and anger or frustration that lasts much longer. These feelings make it hard for you to function normally and do your usual activities. You may also have trouble focusing and have no motivation or energy. Depression can make you feel like it is hard to enjoy life or even get through the day. Read more ›

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