Binge Eating Disorder, or BED is a diagnosis that was added to the DSM 5. While the formal diagnosis is new, the disorder is not. However, chances are there are a fair number of people (including providers) that might not know the important facts and stats around Binge Eating Disorder. In fact one of the perhaps most surprising statistics is that BED is more than 3 times more common than anorexia and bulimia combined, making it the most common eating disorder in America!
What makes Binge Eating Disorder different than overeating?
I would imagine that we’ve all been there before. (more…)
Some teens are predisposed to be more emotional. As parents, we can feel stuck in the middle of a constant storm, never knowing what or who might trigger an intense emotional reaction from your teen. There is help! DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) can help those who struggle with emotional dysregulation, and their families.
If you get the sense that your teen is more emotional than their peers, there might be a reason why. Some of us are predisposed to experiencing emotions faster and more intensely than others. While researchers are still uncovering why that is, many believe that a combination of genetic factors, neurochemistry, and psychosocial stressors play a role in impacting one’s ability to effectively manage emotions. (more…)
The start of college is fast approaching. For many this marks the end of summer and the beginning of an exciting new year. For others, the start of school can produce anxiety and stress, both in terms of the academics they may face, as well as the social aspects of school. If you are the latter, you are not alone! Here are 5 quick tips and ideas to help you get the year started on the right foot!
1. Sleep: If you feel like you have read this step before, that’s because you have! Sleep is mentioned many times throughout research and therapy. That’s not because we as clinicians have run out of things to talk about. (more…)
Within the world of therapy, there are often a lot of terms thrown around. As a consumer, it can be hard to understand what they all mean and what is the best fit for you or your family. In this blog, I will walk you through the difference between adherent DBT versus DBT-informed intervention.
Adherent DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) consists of four components that directly correspond to the evidence-based model developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan and colleagues. (more…)
DBT is short for Dialectical Behavior Therapy. So what does that mean? The term “dialectical” derives from the concept of bringing seemingly opposite ideas together: such as change AND acceptance. These concepts together tend to lead to more positive results than either one alone.
DBT is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy originally created by Dr. Marsha Linehan as an intervention for adults struggling with borderline personality disorder. However, research shows that DBT can be effective for those struggling with a variety of mental health and physical issues, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, chronic pain, substance abuse, suicidality, and self-injurious behaviors. In addition, research has demonstrated that DBT can help both teens and adults. (more…)
Eating Disorder Dietitians focus on more than just food and meal plans…
When picking the members of your recovery team, there is a LOT to consider. Expertise in eating disorders, schedule, location and finances are all big considerations. In the past, it wasn’t common practice to include a dietitian as part of the eating disorder recovery process. More and more it has become the recommendation to include an eating disorder dietitian in the recovery process – I mean, we are talking about EATING here. Who better to address these issues than someone who went through years of higher education learning about food and how the body uses it? Still not sure about why it is important to include a dietitian on your team? (more…)
What Does the Latest Research Say About Disciplining Kids?
If you are a parent, you know that kids don’t come with a handbook. And while there are books out there on ways to discipline your kids, sometimes those books are based more on opinion than fact. Discipline can mean different things to different people. In this blog, I will talk about the most common forms of discipline used in the United States, as well as what the current research says about the effectiveness and impact of each type of discipline.
Physical Discipline: You may have heard of the old saying “spare the rod, spoil the child.” This was a common expression a couple generations ago that basically states the belief that spanking or hitting your child would improve their behavior, and that NOT spanking them would actually spoil them. However, decades of research demonstrates otherwise. (more…)
10 Basic Steps to Mental Health Recovery
There are a few basic things you can do to help improve your overall quality of life. While some of these things may seem small, you may be surprised just how much they can impact your mood.
1. Get Enough Sleep: Sleep plays a huge role in both our mental and physical well being. While you sleep, your body and your brain rests and recharges for the next day. Without it, your whole system is altered. In fact, disturbances in sleep is one of the diagnostic criteria for depression, among other mental health illnesses! If you find you are getting poor sleep, not enough sleep, or too much sleep (yes, there is such a thing!), assess your sleep hygiene. (more…)
Is couples counseling right for you?
Is it time to hire a relationship referee? Do you need the “Rosetta Stone” on your significant other? Are you skeptical about having a 3rd party consult on your relationship? Many people ask themselves similar questions when they start to experience frequent problems in their romantic relationships. The truth is, couples counseling has been helpful for many people, and less effective for others, for several reasons.
First, it’s important to take into consideration that couple’s counseling involves a relationship between 3 people: the therapist, and the couple. Therefore, it is not the therapist’s job to “fix” the couple, simply to consult and provide guidance. Furthermore, the therapist (more…)
Your 411 On Mental Health Credentials
Psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist—what’s the difference?? Often times, many people confuse these terms, frequently assuming they’re synonymous. However, they all mean different things, but people in these professions strive for the same outcome: to improve people’s lives.
A therapist is a more general term and refers to anyone who has had some level of training in psychotherapy. This can include psychologists, master’s level counselors, or psychiatrists, to name a few. It is important to know that the term ‘therapist’ is not regulated by any type of licensing or credentialing board, so anyone can call themselves a (more…)