Body Image and Anorexia


Anorexia is a major health problem in teens and it all has to do with body self-image. Clearly, what we’re finding from Hollywood is the message that anorexia is not that bad of a thing…being thin is a wonderful thing. The reality is it is a big problem that has to be dealt with. If you have a child who is too thin, or losing weight and doesn’t really have a good reason for it, talk with them, but get help. It is the psychiatric help that can be essential.


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A Traumatic Childhood Can Have Long-Term Effects

A Traumatic Childhood Can Have Long-Term Effects

A traumatic childhood can definitely have a long-term effect. You hear many stories about people saying they had a traumatic childhood and issues in childhood that lead to problems years down the road. The fact is it’s true. A traumatic childhood can have an effect. That’s why early counseling is important. If someone is having issues as a child, developmental issues, or problems at home, it’s essential that those things are looked into and that the childhood problems are dealt with on a serious level.

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A Look at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

A Look at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

It is estimated that 2% to 45% of the population can experience it, and the numbers may surprise you. Obsessive compulsive disorder is a major psychiatric problem where people have recurrent or persistent, thoughts, impulses, or images they find distressing and they have compulsions in response to the obsessions. The reason for such a high upper end, 45%, is that it usually doesn’t occur all the time in people. It occurs in short periods and people experience it transiently. Nevertheless, it is something you should be thinking of and it is a concern.

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Addiction to Video Games

Addiction to Video Games

The American Medical Association wants to call it a psychiatric disorder…addiction to video games. The organization hopes to point out that this is a very real problem and it makes suggestions for treatment. In addition, the goal is to get insurance companies to pay for therapy. The signs are what you expect. The teens holding up in their rooms, ignoring friends, family, even food and shower, while work suffers. Of course, there will be a debate. Video game makers don’t seem to like this at all. If your child plays video games, don’t worry. It’s normal. It’s just when it becomes excessive that it’s a problem.

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