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Month: January 2013

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EDNOS: the Silent Killer

Anorexia and bulimia are eating disorders almost everyone has heard of. They can wreck lives, leaving a host of physical and psychological damage. Sometimes these eating disorders are fatal. But the eating disorder that kills most often is little known. It’s both more common than the other disorders and more deadly. It used to be …

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The Truth About Repressed Memories

Is it really possible for the brain to block out traumatic memories? If so, how is it possible? Psychologists and experts in the addiction and recovery arena seem to be more accepting that repressed memories are legitimate, while scientists as a group don’t seem to be convinced.

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Differentiating Sex and Love Addictions

While love and sex are certainly not inseparable, romantic love only rarely exists without sexual involvement. For many people, sexual attraction is a critical component of loving their romantic partner. Sex and love are certainly both intense physical and emotional experiences, and like many such experiences they can give rise to obsession and even addiction.

Practical Advice: Unhelpful Things to Do and Say to a Person Who Struggles with an Eating Disorder

You know the telltale signs of an eating disorder: skeletal bodies, gaunt face, thinning hair, rotting teeth. No matter how much regular people want to be thin and in shape, anorexia and bulimia take that drive to dangerous levels. When we see someone who is clearly suffering from an eating disorder, the impulse is to …

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PTSD Affects the Whole Family

For most, family involves intimacy, security, and comfort. When the world turns ugly, many people turn to their family for reassurance and emotional support. But when the ugliness of society invades the minds of a family member, as the symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) do, the entire family can suffer.

How Middle Age Affects Personality Disorders and Alcohol Use Disorders

Alcohol use disorders can be disruptive to many areas life. Those who struggle with alcohol addiction are likely to have problems maintaining family and social relationships, as well as experiencing difficulties in academic or professional achievement. In many cases, alcohol use disorders are challenging to treat, and extensive damage can be done to several aspects …

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