April 22, 2021
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How to Know if You Have an Eating Disorder

How do we know when disordered eating becomes an eating disorder? Disordered eating does not interfere with one’s ability to function, but may include irregular eating patterns along with judgment around food and/or body. Eating disorders, on the other hand, represent a wide range of behaviors involving food and eating and impair one’s health and ability to function in terms of life goals, relationships, career, and academics. It may be hard to determine whether or…
April 15, 2021
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Ensuring Eating Disorders Are Part of the Conversation

1 in 5 U.S. adults experiences mental illness each year. With the COVID-19 pandemic, some experts are estimating that number may be inching closer to 1 in 3. Ongoing research conducted by the Pew Research Center indicates that, since the start of the pandemic, more than 20% of U.S. adults report experiencing high levels of psychological distress. These symptoms include anxiety, sleeplessness, depression, loneliness, as well as physical symptoms of distress.  The Relationship Between Eating…
April 05, 2021
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Neurobiology and Genetics

It is an exciting time in the world of brain and mental health research. Over the past few years, there has been an exponential increase in research findings in the neurobiology and genetics of mental health disorders. While we have known for decades that mental disorders are related to dysfunction in brain pathways, we are now able to say that mental illnesses are brain diseases. Most diseases develop, progress and/or resolve due to a number…
March 27, 2021
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We Can Do Hard Things!

Life without hardships? Well, that’s not something that anyone can promise you. There will surely be times that you don’t know what you to do. It seems that no matter how well you plan for the best days, life has its own twist, turns, and unpredictable ways. No one can map out every single venture or space. It’s like a marathon, and the only way to make it through is to stay in the race.…
March 10, 2021
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Not One More: Renfrew Center

The Alliance’s call to action of Not One More is vital to allowing new awareness to emerge and grow. I wonder though, in the first moments of hearing “not one more,” is it possible that some of us may experience frustration and fear rising, causing a cloud of fog to emerge that keeps us from believing in the power of the movement and in ourselves? Keeping in our mind’s eye that these intense feelings represent…

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