Is your feeling about the holidays “Hooray for the holidays!” or “Ugh, the holidays are here again?” While everyone around makes a mad dash to splurge on last-minute shopping or preparations for a fantastic family holiday dinner, are you preparing to put up with various bad behaviors on the part of loved ones? Maybe it […]
The onset of alcohol use disorder (alcohol abuse/alcoholism) is one of the most likely diagnosable mental health consequences of military service. Just like full-time military personnel, risks for the disorder affect National Guard personnel called up for active duty. In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers […]
Disordered eating is an issue of mental health, addiction and physical health. Close to 24 million Americans struggle with an eating disorder and more people die from one than any other mental illness. Young women are especially susceptible to developing an eating disorder, but it can impact anyone of any age. By becoming familiar with […]
There is no denying that the media plays a role in giving adolescents a certain perception about body image. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, nearly 70 percent of young females in grades 5 through 12 are influenced by the media on their opinion of a desirable body image.
Life in the military often comes at a very high price. Mental health problems sometimes manifest as part of that price. Mental health and suicide rates among military members have received quite a bit of attention in recent years – and rightly so. Our nation’s vets sacrifice their physical and emotional well-being to protect their […]
If you think that there are more commercials today devoted to anti-age spots, ant-wrinkle creams, physical fitness and low-fat food, you may be right. While looking and feeling young may be a great thing, experts are telling us that our cultural fixation on agelessness is coming at a price. More and more evidence is coming […]
Do you love hot and spicy foods? Given the choice at a restaurant, do you ask for more heat, not less, in your order? If so, it could be that you are also more prone to alcohol abuse. A study conducted through South Korea’s Busan National University found that key ingredients in spicy foods work […]
An estimated eight million Americans are dealing with an eating disorder. Although it is a problem which affects boys, girls, men and women, for young women the condition can be deadly. Anorexia, for example, claims more women’s lives (12 times more) than any other cause of death between the ages of 15 and 24. Anorexia […]
Experts do not have a definitive answer regarding precisely what causes eating disorders in children. They do, however, agree that there are things parents can do to catch the problem early. Informed parents know how to spot the signs of distress and can act early to intervene before an eating disorder has time to take […]
When met with punishment or negative feedback for our actions, some of us may change the way we behave. Others may resent the feedback and still others may express increased impulsive actions. For those with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), the latter is most likely.