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Month: September 2012

Controlling Movements may Reduce Risky Behaviors

Risky behaviors such as gambling in an irresponsible manner or drinking too much alcohol at once, can lead to addiction. Not all people who engage in these types of risk taking will become addicts, of course. Some people are predisposed to addiction because of trauma, childhood neglect, family history, or even because of genetic factors. …

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Striving for Perfection in an Imperfect World

People want to “better themselves,” to “be all they can be.” And society – among its many mixed and contradictory messages – largely encourages this. Our news and entertainment media are saturated with images and arguments promoting self-betterment. Often these messages hold up impossible standards for perfection, from the trim and toned bodies and sculpted …

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Understanding Factors Leading to Eating Disorders

Women entering college experience multiple transitions that can influence the development of an eating disorder. The absence of meals shared with family, the sudden increase in independence and the stress of juggling academic responsibilities can create pressure that leads to disordered patterns of eating behaviors.

Sex Addiction versus Love Addiction: Are they Fundamentally Different or the Same?

Both sex addiction and love addiction are understood to be disorders of emotional intimacy characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive acting out behaviors. The difference between these addictions lies specifically in the types of acting out behaviors which may be present. A sex addict may have a problem with pornography or repeated anonymous sexual experiences, …

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How Yoga Can Help During Drug and Alcohol Rehab Treatment

Most rehab programs will provide one-on-one and group counseling, education, healthful nutrition, recreation and exercise. Daily exercise provides several benefits to the person seeking recovery. It is a natural mood-enhancer, provides a way to release tension and aggression, and promotes overall well-being. Yoga does all these things and more besides.

How to Cope with the Residual Effects of Bulimia

Bulimia is an eating disorder in which the sufferer binges on large amounts of food and then purges to rid their body of the calories. Binges typically consist of high-calorie foods like fried food, cookies, potato chips or sweets. Purges may take the form of forced vomiting, abusing laxatives and diuretics, or excessive exercise. The …

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