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Bulimia and Substance Abuse

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Beware ‘Fake News’ About Eating Disorders From Pro-Ana Websites

People with anorexia have a distorted body image, are typically severely underweight and are terrified of gaining an ounce, often restricting calories to the point of near starvation. Individuals with bulimia may not be underweight, but engage in a dangerous cycle of binge eating and purging. Both of these eating disorders can wreak havoc on […]

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Do Sex and Love Addiction Have Withdrawal Symptoms?

Sex addiction and love addiction are closely related behavioral disorders. However, there are key differences in the behaviors, symptoms and potential consequences. A look at the differences and similarities is helpful for understanding the underlying causes and repercussions of the two disorders.

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Anorexia Treatment and Anxiety

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New Medical Device in Australia Compared to Bulimia

Behavioral health experts and physicians in Australia are worried a weight-loss device now available to Aussies could trigger eating disorders. Some are likening it to medical bulimia. They rightly point out that although tackling obesity is vital, the device is treating a symptom and not the underlying causes of obesity, such as a lack of knowledge about healthy foods, limited skills in preparing nutritious meals and overeating due to stress or mental health issues. Furthermore, they’re worried the purging action of the device might strip the body of key nutrients, leading to vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Purging behaviors accompany a number of eating disorders and are serious psychiatric illnesses. The Australian-based Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders implied the device could teach people to purge, potentially triggering bulimia or a different eating disorder.1

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Dependent Personality Disorder in Men

By Cynthia Sass

Dependent personality disorder is characterized as an excessive reliance on another person to satisfy one’s own emotional and physical needs. There is an overwhelming desire to be taken care of and, essentially, to be told what to do and how to feel about even the simplest things.

Making everyday decisions is extremely difficult for people with dependent personality disorder, unless they get vast amounts of reassurance and guidance from a partner. However, simply being submissive and needy in a relationship is not enough to mean that an individual suffers from dependent personality disorder. The behavior is not considered a disorder unless it is pervasive, has persisted for a long duration (since adolescence or young adulthood), and causes impairment in important areas of life, such as relationships, work or school.

The onset of dependent personality disorder tends to happen in young adulthood and can affect both men and women. Although a mental health treatment center could provide needed assistance, many men with dependent personality disorder do not seek help. Additionally, dependent personality disorder in men might be underdiagnosed.

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The Family of an Alcoholic

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Entering Addiction Recovery Leads to ‘Excellent,’ ‘Very Good’ Life, Survey Respondents Say

In the first-ever survey looking at the experiences of people in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs in Canada, 91% of those surveyed rated their quality of life was either excellent, very good or good upon entering recovery — results that provide hope for people no matter where they live in the battle against addiction.

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‘Cuca’ to Cocaine Anesthetic, a Short History of Addiction

With the United States in the midst of an opioid epidemic and more states easing restrictions on marijuana, the subject of drug abuse and addiction has received an enormous amount of media attention in recent years. Addiction, however, has been with us for a long time. Even late into the 19th century, the problem of addiction to drugs was not fully realized, particularly in Europe and the United States. Drug use was just accepted as part of everyday life. At that time, there was no mention or evidence of “controlled substances,” as we call these drugs today. Morphine and cocaine were readily available to anyone at any time during those early years.

For centuries, cocaine was grown in South America in the Andes Mountains and used readily by the indigenous population, who found that it improved their tolerance to the effects of the high altitude and cold weather. The drug, called “cuca” in the native tongue, was used in its leaf form and chewed. It must be noted that the concentration of the ingested narcotic was far less as a chewed leaf than in the chemical form that was produced years later in Europe. In the 16th century as Spain took over South America, the various explorers discovered cocaine and began using it for their own purposes and exporting it to Europe.

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