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Winter Weather Impacts Routine of Children with Mental Illness

Winter Weather Impacts Routine of Children with Mental Illness

The holidays aren’t the only thing that can send a routine down the tubes.

From very early Monday morning until very early this morning, we had snow. Lots and lots of snow. Roughly 7 inches of the stuff in my neighborhood. Needless to say, school was canceled, and since I wasn’t eager to make the 30 mile drive over mostly un-plowed interstate to my office, I stayed home with the kids. And with temperatures in the single digits, we’re not in any hurry to get out and make snow angels.

Apparently, one needn’t live in a cabin to have “cabin fever.”

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Take Time to Plan for Financial Success Despite Bipolar Disorder

Take Time to Plan for Financial Success Despite Bipolar Disorder

Anytime of the year is a good time to start organizing, planning and budgeting for the next 365 days. Bipolar disorder tells you not to bother – there’s only bad news, there’s no way to sort through the mess, and other thoughts that set you up for failure. Press past those thoughts, and gather you bills and invoices. Step by step is the way to do this.

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It’s Time to Talk about Binge Eating Disorder

It’s Time to Talk about Binge Eating Disorder

When I think of eating disorders I think of anorexia and bulimia. I think of starvation and compulsive exercising. I’ve heard of binge eating disorder (BED), but binge eaters aren’t forefront in my mind when I hear the words “eating disorder.” Watching our video interview with Chevese Turner, founder and president of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and our guest on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show, I discovered that my ideas about eating disorders are sorely out of balance.

cheveewebversionBinge Eating Disorder Is More Prevalent than Anorexia or Bulimia

I suspect I’m not alone in my ignorance about the prevalence of binge eating disorder. Many binge eaters suffer in silence, unaware of the millions who also struggle with the symptoms of binge eating disorder. Chevese Turner started the Binge Eating Disorder Association when she realized just how many people it affects.

I was searching the Internet and came across a study from Harvard that reported 3.5% of women and 1.5% of men in the US had BED.

Binge eating accounts for the largest group of those affected by eating disorders. In fact, it makes up three times the number of anorexics and bulimics combined.

Why Aren’t We Talking about Binge Eating Disorder?

It stands to reason that a disorder affecting an estimated 9 to 15 million individuals would get plenty of attention. But when it comes to eating disorders, anorexia and bulimia are the headliners. My guess is there are a lot of reasons for that, including:

  • Time. Binge eating disorder is still the new kid on the block, so to speak. It’s a relatively recent diagnosis, compared with anorexia in particular which was first considered a disease in the late 19th century.
  • Misconceptions. Because most binge eaters don’t look the way we expect the eating disordered to – underweight and malnourished – their plight often goes unnoticed.
  • Shame. Mental illness and shame are old bedfellows, and binge eating disorder isn’t breaking the mold there. Ashamed of binge eating, many people keep it a secret.

No matter the reasons for all the silence, binge eating disorder affects too many people to stay hidden. Says Chevese:

Millions of individuals suffer in silence, because they do not realize that they have an eating disorder. Those who are overweight or obese are told they are fat and are dually battling weight bias. Others suffer inside a “normal” weight body …. It is time to talk about binge eating disorder and bring help and hope to those who need it. Please join me.

Video on Binge Eating Disorder

Watch Chevese Turner discuss binge eating disorder and her own experiences with binge eating in our binge eating disorder video interview with her.

You can find all mental health video interviews from the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show in the table of contents.

Share Your Binge Eating Disorder Experiences

Have you been diagnosed with binge eating disorder? We invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences and insights. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

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The Relationship Rejuvenator: Date Night

When I was pregnant with my first baby, my doctor told me that she didn’t go watch a movie with her husband for two years after their first child. I thought this was absurd…until I experienced first-hand the late-night feedings, round-the-clock diaper changing, and all-around exhaustion that comes with being a new parent. Your little bundle of joy demands so much attention and care that it’s easy to neglect other areas of your life, namely your relationship with your partner.

The Relationship Rejuvenator: Date Night

When I was pregnant with my first baby, my doctor told me that she didn’t go watch a movie with her husband for two years after their first child. I thought this was absurd…until I experienced first-hand the late-night feedings, round-the-clock diaper changing, and all-around exhaustion that comes with being a new parent. Your little bundle of joy demands so much attention and care that it’s easy to neglect other areas of your life, namely your relationship with your partner.

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Anxiety: Mostly Harmless?? Let’s Try a Few Facts

Anxiety: Mostly Harmless?? Let’s Try a Few Facts

Why is anxiety viewed as the relatively benign step-child of mental health conditions? Because if you think it’s benign, I assure you it’s not.

There’s a tendency for people to look down on anxiety because maybe it’s not the worst case scenario, or there’s a bit more of a silver lining to be found – tatty though it may be.

What disturbs me the most is that with depression, they think you’re weak – with anxiety, they think you’re hysterical but that it’s mostly harmless.

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My Mental Health Is More Important Than My Pride

My Mental Health Is More Important Than My Pride

For some time now, my mental health has been declining. My partner admitted to me last night that if it were still possible to commit loved ones she would have had me hospitalized months ago. And though I didn’t realize she was quite that concerned about my mental condition, she’s been telling me that I’m not well for a while now. I’ve been unwilling to hear it, insulted by what I believed was a lack of faith in me and thoroughly annoyed at her refusal to recognize how brilliant and capable I truly am. Oh denial, my old friend, you’ve made me a fool once again. Sadly, I doubt it will be the last time. Because I still haven’t learned to take mental health warning signs as seriously as I take my pride.

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Talk Therapy and Children with Mental Illness

Talk Therapy and Children with Mental Illness

Last week, I received an email from Bob’s teacher, filling me in on his first week back at school following winter break. It was about what I expected–he’s been pretty hateful and nasty to his peers, unwilling to follow directions, and sneaking around in order to get his way without getting in trouble. In short, not much different than how he’s been acting at home for the past couple of weeks. Once again, I ask myself the question–is it time for talk therapy?

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When Borderline Personality Disorder Is a Crime

What could be more pro-troop than supporting the right of every soldier, sailor, airman and Marine to get appropriate help quickly? PTSD, and often BPD, are physical injuries that manifest psychologically. Signing up for military service does not mean one signs away the right to heal.

When Borderline Personality Disorder Is a Crime

In 2004, my friend Carl and I spent several months talking with and listening to suicidal members of the armed forces. While we were able to help some of them, others still have outstanding criminal charges.

Criminal?

Yes.  Sadly, the current military culture all but criminalizes mental illness–especially when borderline personality disorder (BPD) arises as a complication of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Antidepressants Worsening Bipolar – Getting Off Antidepressants

Antidepressants Worsening Bipolar – Getting Off Antidepressants

As I mentioned last time, many doctors feel that antidepressants actually make bipolar disorder worse. Some specialists, in fact, will routinely take people with bipolar disorder off of antidepressants when the bipolar is doing well. Like I said, it’s a matter of perspective.

And I get asked all the time about getting off of antidepressants and other medication. So, exactly how should you get off an antidepressant and what should you worry about when doing so?

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Dissociative Identity Disorder Video: Dissociative Memory

Dissociative Identity Disorder Video: Dissociative Memory

We know Dissociative Identity Disorder is a trauma disorder. In the past, many clinicians approached treatment as if it were an archeological dig, excavating for traumatic, dissociated memory. I think most people agree at this point that that’s at best ineffective and at worst harmful. But the nature of dissociative memory is such that most people with DID have more questions about their histories than answers. And while I think those of us with Dissociative Identity Disorder do have to learn to tolerate some ambiguity, I also think we have more answers than we realize.

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