Those with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa often share some traits with individuals who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder. Eating disorders are characterized by compulsive behaviors that surround not only eating rituals and habits developed to rid the body of calories, but also the concealing of the eating disorder. People with eating disorders often establish…Details
A sex addict is someone who continues to engage in sexual behaviors, even when they have physical, career, legal or emotional consequences. For some sex addicts, the sexual behaviors consume time, energy or focus that was traditionally used for other things such as work or family. For sex addicts, the sexual behavior runs counter to…Details
Family members can develop post-traumatic stress syndrome when they watch their loved ones go through life-threatening illnesses, according to two studies published in medical journals. The first study by Dr. David Wendler, director of the Unit on Vulnerable Populations at the National Institutes of Health Department of Bioethics, looked at families of terminally ill patients…Details
The connection between online pornography and divorce is a source of constant debate, reflecting the rapidly escalating numbers of pornography addiction in the U.S. and the climbing divorce rates. Researchers have compared the strength of pornography addiction to heroin addiction as they examine the impact of pornography on marriage, and more attorneys in recent surveys…Details
Prescription drugs are easy to obtain and people think they are safe to take — and this may be why more than five million Americans were abusing them during a typical month in 2009, according to a new study from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
The media has long been accused of presenting images that raise physical standards of beauty to impossibly high levels. Young girls, it has been argued, are extremely susceptible to comparing themselves to others, and the constant exposure to celebrities and models that are made to look perfect create feelings of inadequacy in girls. Now attention…Details
By Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S What do you think? Just as concrete and predictable diagnostic criteria help medical professionals determine whether your burning stomach pain is a case of chili-induced heartburn or appendicitis, so do categories of well-researched mental health symptoms provide the scientific underpinning for the identification of psychiatric and emotional disorders. New mental…Details
By Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S Dating seems to confound the even the most rational among us. Dan, a 31-year old sociology professor put it this way, “I don’t know what it is about me, I can teach classes about the meaning of relationships, but I can’t seem to actually get one of my own going.…Details
You can understand grief in the abstract sense – unless it’s happening to you. When you lose a loved one for any reason, grief is almost inevitable. But when you lose a loved one because of drunk driving, the senselessness of the tragedy combines with the incalculable loss to lock you in a vise grip…Details
Millions of people who suffer from eating disorders are outside the parameters of preconceived notions about disorders like bulimia or anorexia. They aren’t Caucasian. They may be older, or they may be male.