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International Efforts to Stamp Out Eating Disorders

Families are profoundly impacted by an eating disorder. When a daughter moves into the dangerous world of anorexia or bulimia, her parents often feel as though they are all alone in this struggle. Fortunately, as they gain in personal knowledge and reach out, parents soon discover that eating disorders have reached epidemic levels in our … Read More

Mother’s Day: When It Isn’t Filled With Glue and Glitter

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. For some, this means tea parties, brunches and handmade gifts covered in glue and glitter. For others, the holiday is bittersweet. Those who have lost mothers, are estranged from mothers, or long to be mothers themselves may struggle with complicated and mixed emotions as the day approaches. For … Read More

Instagram: Fueling the Unhealthy Flame of Orthorexia

Social media has been linked to many diseases of a psychiatric nature. Recently, the journal Eating and Weight Disorders – Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity looked into a possible connection between Instagram and orthorexia nervosa. Launched in 2010, Instagram has grown into an enormous social network. By June of 2016, Instagram had 500 million registered users worldwide, … Read More

Suicide in America: The Numbers Only Go Up

The United States is arguably one of the greatest countries in the world. We live free and exist in an environment that is rife with opportunity. There is no dictator, no tyrannical government. And yet, every single day, far too many people succumb to suicide. According to a federal data analysis, suicide in our country has surged … Read More

Congress Must Act … Now

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that a large segment of the US population has experienced a sharp spike in the death rate since 1999. Moreover, the key causes of those increased deaths are seemingly self-imposed: alcohol, drugs, and suicide. This increasingly at-risk group is middle-aged white people. Prior to 1999 the mortality rate for this population was decreasing, reflecting decades … Read More

The State of an Anxious Union

Last fall, University of Minnesota psychologist William J. Doherty decided to do some research into the emotional well-being of Americans in light of the 2016 Presidential election. His findings will likely not surprise you. After commissioning a poll of 1,000 voting-age Americans, Doherty found that 43 percent reported experiencing “emotional distress related to Trump and … Read More