Eating Disorders: Bulimia Nervosa

Posted on: May 29, 2020 by in Uncategorized
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What is Bulimia Nervosa? Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by episodes of intense binge eating, feelings of guilt and fear of weight gain, and self-induced vomiting. This can be caused stress in an individual’s life, distorted body image, a fear of weight gain, or a strict dieting plan. Bulimia Nervosa Indicators Indicators of bulimia can appear differently in different people. However, common signs that someone may be suffering from bulimia nervosa can include Continue Reading ...

Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa

Posted on: May 8, 2020 by in Uncategorized
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What is Anorexia Nervosa Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder where an individual may have distorted body image and have obsessive and intrusive thoughts over food and weight loss. Anorexia nervosa can be triggered by high-stress events happening in an individual’s life that are outside of their control causing them to turn to something that can be controlled. Anorexia Nervosa Indicators Indicators of anorexia nervosa can vary between individuals. The most common signs someone may Continue Reading ...

Common Mental Illnesses: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Posted on: April 24, 2020 by in Uncategorized
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What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an extreme compulsive need to repeat routines, phrases, or gestures. It is a form of maladaptive (not beneficial) coping with extreme moments of anxiety. OCD is a type of anxiety disorder that manifests as a way of attempting to manage moments of anxiety. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Symptoms One individual can display signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that are completely different than Continue Reading ...

Living Sober During COVID-19 Quarantine is Possible

Posted on: April 20, 2020 by in Uncategorized
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Quarantine is a difficult time for everyone, and for those who want to stay sober, the challenge can be even greater. Addiction is an everyday struggle, which must also be won every day. At times the context of quarantine may feel too complex: from one day to the next we are forced to stay locked up in the house for 24 hours, for an indefinite number of days. The boredom and weariness that this situation produces can lead one to relapse into alcohol or substance abuse. Despite these Continue Reading ...

How to Overcome Stress from COVID-19

Posted on: April 17, 2020 by in Uncategorized
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Whether you currently suffer from a mental illness, a dual diagnosis, substance abuse, or are perfectly healthy, the outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fear and anxiety caused by worrying about the disease can be overwhelming. The CDC lists what stress during this uncertain time can look like for different people warning that some people may have stronger reactions than others: Fear/worry about your health or Continue Reading ...

Common Eating Disorders: The Basics

Posted on: April 10, 2020 by in Uncategorized
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What are Eating Disorders? Eating disorders can be caused by different environmental factors in an individual’s life. Some common influences that are seen within school-aged children and adolescents are bullying, fad diets, and social media. Common Eating Disorders There are two major eating disorders: anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by a restriction of food and purging, which can be caused by vomiting or use of laxatives, and a 15 percent Continue Reading ...

Common Mental Illnesses: Depression

Posted on: April 3, 2020 by in Uncategorized
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Depression is a mental illness that is caused by a chemical imbalance within the brain and is characterized by a persistently depressed mood, which causes significant impairment in daily life. Types of Depression Depression is a broad term and can either be a stand-alone mental illness or occur as a part of a larger mental illness. For example, battling schizophrenia can cause depression. Individuals with bipolar disorder have periods of depression. Postpartum depression occurs after the Continue Reading ...

Alcohol and Its Effects on the GI Tract

Posted on: March 27, 2020 by in Uncategorized
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The gastrointestinal tract (GI Tract) consists of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, rectum, and anus. The stomach, a “J” shaped pouch, is located in the left upper abdomen. The stomach acts as a holding cell for contents that have been ingested and hydrochloric acid is let into the stomach to disintegrate the contents so it can pass through the rest of the GI tract. A large percentage of nutrient absorption happens in the small and large intestine. What is Continue Reading ...

Common Mental Illnesses: Bipolar Disorder

Posted on: March 20, 2020 by in Uncategorized
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What is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by a manic phase and a depressive phase. In a manic phase, lasting anywhere between weeks and months, an individual experiences an intense moment of hyperactivity. In the depressive phase of bipolar, which can also last weeks to months, an individual experiences intense moments of depression. There are three main types of bipolar: Bipolar I – diagnosed when a person has a manic episode. People with Continue Reading ...

The Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient

Posted on: March 13, 2020 by in Uncategorized
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The common places we hear the words “inpatient” and “outpatient” are in the hospital, doctors' offices, and psychiatric settings. But what do these terms actually mean? Inpatient Services When the word inpatient is used it usually means a stay that requires a patient to be entered into the administration system of the facility and stay overnight at the facility. In the hospital setting, a patient can be inpatient for 24 hours or longer, whether for surgery or Continue Reading ...