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Eating Disorders Recovery Show Recap

Eating Disorders Recovery Show Recap

Recovering from eating disorders, anorexia and bulimia, is a difficult process. Shannon Cutts, author of Beating Ana, talk about it on HealthyPlace TV. Watch it now.

On Tuesday night’s show, we addressed the difficulty in recovering from eating disorders. HealthyPlace.com Medical Director, Dr. Harry Croft mentioned a key factor in understanding this disease is to remember it is not about having a fat phobia‚ but it has to do with control, or maybe even lack of.

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Difficulty of Recovering From An Eating Disorder: June 2

Difficulty of Recovering From An Eating Disorder: June 2

What does recovery from an eating disorder really mean? Shannon Cutts, author of Beating Ana, shares her story of living and recovery from an eating disorder on HealthyPlace TV. Watch now.

For many people with an eating disorder, trying to recover from anorexia or bulimia can be a long and difficult process.

June 2, 2009 we’re discussing what recovery from an eating disorder really means and why it’s so darn difficult to “quit your eating disorder.” Our guest, Shannon Cutts, will give us a look inside her life and her 15-year struggle with anorexia and bulimia. Shannon understands firsthand the total isolation, dead-end thinking, and exhausting mind tricks that eating disorders confine you to.

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More on Guest for Sexual Addiction Show

More on Guest for Sexual Addiction Show

On the HealthyPlace TV show, airing live tonight at 7:30 PM Central, 8:30 Eastern, the topic is sexual addiction . It’s a difficult one and some of the points we’ll be addressing include:

  • How to tell if your sexual impulses are normal
  • Where to find help if you have a sexual addiction
  • What it means to maintain sexual sobriety
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Sexual Addiction TV Show: First-Hand Stories of Sex Addiction

Sexual Addiction TV Show: First-Hand Stories of Sex Addiction

The sexual addiction HealthyPlace TV Show interviews several sex addicts to discover what sex addiction is and how it affects life. Watch now.

Recently, several celebrities including, most famously, David Duchovny, have publicly faced ‘sexual addiction‘. What does it mean to have a sexual addiction? Isn’t it normal to love sex?

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Treatment Resistant Depression Recap

Treatment Resistant Depression Recap

Tuesday night, during the live show on ‘Finding Hope for Treatment Resistant Depression,’ HealthyPlace.com Medical Director, Dr. Harry Croft and our host, Gary, discussed some important information for those suffering from treatment resistant depression (TRD).

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Treatment-Resistant Depression Show Introduction

Treatment-Resistant Depression Show Introduction

Treatment resistant depression is reality for many people despite breakthroughs in depression treatments. If your depression treatment isn't working, read this.

Great advances have been made in the treatment of depression . The advent of SSRI’s like Prozac continue to change the lives of millions. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of depression sufferers do not respond to antidepressant medication and modern psychotherapy either completely or partially and are still affected by sadness, disinterest in activities, and sometimes suicide.

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Managing Your Panic Attacks TV Show Intro

Managing Your Panic Attacks TV Show Intro

Imagine feeling your chest tighten and you cannot breathe. You know you’re having a heart attack and you rush to the hospital only to be told there is nothing physically wrong with you.

For many people suffering from panic attacks , these symptoms can be a commonplace occurrence. These anxiety attacks can be completely debilitating, preventing people from living normal lives or even going to work. Panic attacks accompany a wide range of other mental illnesses such as depression and agoraphobia .

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Medicating Your ADHD Child: April 7

Medicating Your ADHD Child: April 7

The National Institutes of Health has estimated that between 3-5 percent of all children suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) . The diagnosis of ADHD has never been without controversy. The discussion often focuses on the drugs used to most commonly treat the disorder, which are amphetamine derivatives. These drugs act non-specifically, which some point to as a problem in and of itself. These prescription stimulant drugs for ADHD also carry a risk of abuse and addiction . If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, how do you decide if you should medicate your child?

Our topic for this week’s HealthyPlace Mental Health TV show , airing live on our website, April 7th (5:30p PT, 7:30 CT, 8:30 ET), is “The Pros and Cons of Medicating Your ADHD Child”. While the decision to medicate your child for ADHD is extremely personal and best discussed with your child’s physician, we hope the show and HealthyPlace.com’s Medical Director, Dr. Harry Croft, will give you several key points to consider when facing the decision (read Dr. Croft’s blog post on treating ADHD children ).

Joining Dr. Croft on our show is Kristy. Kristy is a mother of three. She was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. Kristy made the decision to take ADHD medication for her disorder, but when her oldest son, Connor, was diagnosed with ADHD, she decided NOT to medicate him. Kristy has several interesting reasons for her decisions that she’ll be sharing with us during the first half of the show.

During the second half, you’ll have the opportunity to ask Dr. Croft any mental health question you have in the popular ‘ask Dr. Croft’ portion of the show (just type it on the chat screen or email me). You can also participate in the show by creating a youtube video and emailing me: Producer AT healthyplace.com . I enjoy hearing all your comments and questions and I look forward to your participation!

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Post-Show on Addictions

Post-Show on Addictions

I want to thank all of you who tuned in to our show last night on families and addiction. A lot of time is spent discussing the addict and the addiction itself, but not enough time is spent on family and friends of the addict.

It is generally accepted that every addict effects at least four people, and Gary and Dr. Croft, HealthyPlace’s Medical Director, went over a vast amount of information for those affected by addiction.

As with all our shows, you can watch it on-demand, in case you missed any important information or want to share the show with friends.

If you would like more information about Al-Anon, a fellowship for those affected by Alcoholism, visit their website at http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/english.html. They are also available during business hours by phone: (757) 563-1600. Al-Anon will put you in touch with a local support group.

You can also join the HealthyPlace Support Network absolutely free, where you can chat with others who may be going through the same thing as you. Our support network has been growing exponentially and with members like you, we can create a really positive online support group so that no one has to suffer in silence.

Thank you for helping to grow the new HealthyPlace.com and HealthyPlace TV. We have so many great things planned for the show, and we could not do it without you! I always enjoy hearing your comments and questions, and I try to personally respond to all messages. Please feel free to contact me by email, Producer AT healthyplace.com.

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Families and Addiction: March 31

Families and Addiction: March 31

According to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, over 23 million Americans suffer from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. We all know addictions can destroy the life of the addict, but what about the family? How can the family cope and support the addict without being co-dependant and feeding the addiction?

Our topic for the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV show airing live, this Tuesday, March 31st is “Families and Addiction.”

Addictions can be physical or psychological, but the devastating effects of addiction on family members are the same, as explained in Dr. Croft’s blog post this week. Families often face the difficult decision of enabling the addiction or literally forcing their loved one out on the street. However, there can be other options. Where can families turn for more information on addiction? What if they can’t afford treatment programs? During Tuesday’s live show, we will answer these questions and any other questions you might have about addiction.

If you have a story about addiction you would like to share, please feel free to email me: Producer AT HealthyPlace.com. Also, you can email me a link to a youtube video, and we might air it on our show live Tuesday March 31st at 7:30p CT, 8:30 ET, and 5:30 PT. You can also find more information about how the HealthyPlace TV show works here. During the second half of the show, Dr. Croft will answer any question you might have on addiction or any other mental health topic in the popular ‚ Ask Dr. Croft section of the show.

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