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Category: Awareness & Prevention

Eating Disorder Awareness Must Extend Beyond a Single Week in February

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an annual campaign that helps educate people about the realities of eating disorders, from whom they most commonly affect to signs and symptoms of these devastating illnesses. It’s also a chance to provide hope, support, and advocacy for the individuals and families of those whose lives have been upended … Read More

U.S. Surgeon General Warns of Youth Mental Health Crisis

The mental health toll of the pandemic has hit America’s young people the hardest. Symptoms of depression and anxiety have doubled as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, as 25% of youths have experienced depressive symptoms and 20% have struggled with signs of anxiety, according to an advisory released by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. … Read More

Signs That You’re Drinking Too Much Might Not Be Easy to Notice

It doesn’t have to take a series of blackouts, a drunk driving incident, or the recognition of withdrawal symptoms after a day away from alcohol to realize that you may be drinking too much. The little things can add up. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines heavy alcohol use as consuming … Read More

Preparing Adolescents for School After the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on the mental health of young people, causing a disruption to their social lives and the way they attend school. Now, as adolescents prepare to return to in-person classes in the fall, experts are interested in the stress-related growth (SRG) they may have experienced over the course of … Read More

The Link Between Eating Disorders & Stimulant Addiction

Eating disorders frequently co-occur with addiction, and stimulants are among the many substances people turn to when they are struggling with these devastating conditions. Understanding Co-Occurring Stimulant Addiction Stimulants include illicit drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamines and prescription medications such as Adderall and Ritalin. Every person has unique experiences that influence why they start … Read More

History of Eating Disorders Linked to Depression in Mothers

Pregnancy and childbirth are typically joyful times. But when you have a mental health disorder, it can keep you from truly experiencing that joy. For some women, a history of eating disorders may increase their risk for developing depression after having a child — even years down the road. Research Finds New Link Researchers from … Read More

Drunkorexia in College Students

Drunkorexia is a term used to describe disordered eating behaviors involving heavy use of alcohol. While drunkorexia isn’t a clinical term or formal diagnosis, it shares traits with several recognized eating disorders as well as alcohol use disorder. Drunkorexia could affect college women the most, with many of its traits and other eating disorder habits … Read More