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Study examines role of sexuality and sexual functioning in eating disorders recovery

Study examines role of sexuality and sexual functioning in eating disorders recovery Eating disorders (EDs) are complex mental illnesses which can strike anyone, irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Although there is still uncertainty regarding what exactly causes EDs, it is believed that a combination of psychological, biological and sociocultural factors is involved. The onset of EDs typically takes place during adolescence, and their symptoms can be long-lasting. Adding to the complexity of EDs is the presence of comorbid conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and substance abuse. Past research suggests that EDs often co-occur with sexual dysfunction. Distorted body image issues can lead to sexual…

New Year resolutions for people in mental health and addiction recovery

New Year resolutions for people in mental health and addiction recovery The new year has just begun and many people might be striving to fulfil their resolutions. It is that time of the year when people reflect on what they did last year, think about their achievements and shortcomings, and use this knowledge to set new goals. Everyone has some plans and some might have even started implementing them. But the beginning of the year is especially critical for those in recovery from mental health and substance abuse. Making resolutions to improve mental health and leave the addictive habits, and consistently making an effort in sticking to them can make a…

Non-renewal of CHIP funding will leave 2 million children without insurance

Non-renewal of CHIP funding will leave 2 million children without insurance The objective of Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) administered by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to provide coverage for physiological and psychological conditions, such as addition and mental health, to children who are otherwise not covered by Medicaid. For the millions of children living with substance use problems and comorbid mental health issues in the United States, CHIP had been a savior for years. An extremely popular program, CHIP’s outreach is nearly 9 million. Unfortunately, the program is in the doldrums. The likelihood of it being shelved is high as the government has not…

Former Penn State footballer Joey Julius discloses struggle with eating disorder

Former Pennsylvania State University (PSU) footballer Joey Julius addressed a near-packed auditorium on Nov. 13, 2017, as part of the university’s Mental Health and Wellness Week. In his 10-minute speech, he candidly discussed his struggles with body image issues and a binge eating disorder since he was nine years old. From his childhood, Julius’ weight had made him a constant target of teasing, bullying and snide remarks, both on social and mainstream media. Instead of being acknowledged for his football skills, Julius was better known as the “overweight kicker” or “Big Toe”. Over the years, Julius silently endured the suffering.…

Despite some promising trends, Colorado mental health data fails to impress

November 16, 2017 Behavioral Health

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Despite some promising trends, Colorado mental health data fails to impress Colorado is regarded as one of the physically healthiest states in the nation and thanks to an initiative by Mental Health Colorado, the state is on the path to becoming the mentally healthiest state too. The non-profit organization is the leading advocate for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders, and is helping people in their struggles. According to a new initiative by the organization, the state residents will now have ready access to information pertaining to mental health issues, suicide rates and prevention, opioid overdoses and uninsured rates. The intent for putting up the dashboard…

Suicide Prevention Week: Suicide a leading cause of death among pregnant and postpartum women, finds study

Motherhood or impending motherhood is accompanied by significant physical and emotional changes in women. Although this is perceived as a happy period which women should eagerly anticipate, many of them experience a variety of psychological conditions such as mood swings, depression and anxiety. Sometimes this can lead to fatal consequences. A new study published on Aug. 28, 2017, in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has found that suicide is a leading cause of death among pregnant and postpartum women. The researchers monitored 966 women in Ontario, Canada between 1994 and 2008. They found that suicide was responsible for 5.3 per…

For survivors of Hurricane Harvey, overcoming trauma a second test of survival

At the emergency shelter set up in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, “Need to talk?” posters line the walls for thousands of Hurricane Harvey evacuees seeking refuge. Volunteers also walk about with the signs and speak to people who call out to them. For people who have survived the physical ordeal of the disaster and lost all their possessions, overcoming the trauma is becoming a second test of survival. Mental and behavioral health officers are stationed at the center to reassure traumatized survivors and help them regain control of their lives. When faced with hurricanes, earthquakes and…

Mental health may be affected by divergence in conventional gender roles, suggests study

There has been significant progress in the areas of women’s education and career development in recent decades. However, society’s expectations and perceptions regarding gender stereotypes at home and in the workplace have not evolved at the same pace. New research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggests that parents’ mental health is affected when their work and family identities, along with their respective contributions to family incomes, deviate from conventional gender roles. The research was presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) held in Montréal, Canada on Aug. 14, 2017. The researchers found that women…

Sinéad O’Connor shares heart-rending video on Facebook, talks about her mental illness

In an emotional 12-minute video message, which she posted on her Facebook page, the 50-year-old Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor of “Nothing Compares 2 U” fame opened up about her daily battles with mental health problems and expressed the desire to end her life. The singer, who is struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), disclosed her agonizing ordeal with her earlier misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder, and three mental health problems ever since she lost the custody of her 13-year-old son. She admitted that she has been battling suicidal tendencies for the last two years. Staying alone in a $70-per-night motel at…

5 tips to date someone with social anxiety

A lot goes into maintaining a healthy relationship. Both the partners need to put in an effort to ensure that it runs smoothly. This becomes even more essential when someone dates a person affected by anxiety, or more specifically, social anxiety. Certain symptoms, such as sudden anger outbursts, uncontrollable sobbing, zoning out completely, panic attacks, unexplained aches, stress as well as prolonged, chronic anxiety, etc., may become overwhelming for the partner not so affected, affecting the relationship adversely. People with social anxiety can be awesome to be in a relationship with; all they need is their partners’ support to help…
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