If you - or someone you know - are having thoughts about suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Calls are connected to a certified crisis center nearest the caller's location. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you - or someone you know - are having thoughts about suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Calls are connected to a certified crisis center nearest the caller's location. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our mission is to create an atmosphere that is both supportive and informative in a caring, safe environment for our members to talk to their peers about depression, anxiety, mood disorders, medications, therapy and recovery.
Our vision is to advance the public awareness of mental health issues so as to eliminate the stigma that surrounds depression and mood disorders through education and advocacy, as well as striving to obtain quality medical care for mental health patients, as it is no different from any other medical illness.
Disasters are often unexpected, sudden and overwhelming. In some cases, there are no outwardly visible signs of physical injury, but there is nonetheless a serious emotional toll. It is common for people who have experienced traumatic situations to have very strong emotional reactions. Understanding normal responses to these abnormal events can aid you in coping effectively with your feelings, thoughts and behaviors, and help you along the path to recovery.
What happens to people after a disaster or other traumatic event?
Shock and denial are typical responses to traumatic events and disasters, especially shortly after the event. Both shock and denial are normal protective reactions.
Shock is a sudden and often intense disturbance of your emotional state that may leave you feeling stunned or dazed. Denial involves not acknowledging that something very stressful has happened, or not experiencing fully the intensity of the event. You may temporarily feel numb or disconnected from life.
As the initial shock subsides, reactions vary from one person to another. The following, however, are normal responses to a traumatic event:
My husband and I recently went to a “marriage conference” attended by (and highly recommended by) some of our friends. One would think that a relationship-focused conference would be something that most men would avoid at all costs, equating it to sitting for seven straight hours in a women’s clothing store while their wife tries on outfit after outfit, asking “do I look fat in this?”
Yet the atmosphere at this event, the Love & Respect Live Conference, was something the likes of which I’ve never experienced. As the primary speaker, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, spoke, the men in the audience laughed out loud, nodded their heads and visibly appeared moved. According to my husband, Eggerichs was expressing concepts that uncannily described what matters most to men in a relationship. The thing is - men being men - most don’t actually know what they most deeply need from a woman (other than the obvious!) and would not be able to describe or articulate it.
Just looking at emails is enough to increase blood pressure and stress hormone levels, which can increase the risk of heart disease.
Researchers from Loughborough University in the UK tracked 30 government office workers and found that when they were reading and sending emails their blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol levels all increased.
Cortisol is released by the adrenal gland when we're stressed.
Study leader Professor Tom Jackson also analysed written diaries from the participants and found that stress response is worst when we're multi-tasking.
"This study has shown that email causes stress when compared to having email free time," Professor Jackson said in a media release.
"However, if email is compared to other ways of communicating — which was also observed in this study — email is no worse than any other media. Multi-tasking email alongside other communication media, such as phone and face-to-face meetings, increases the risk of becoming stressed."
Spring has sprung, at least for most of us, which means sundresses, seersucker and boozy croquet parties on the front lawn. Goodbye happy lamp, hello mimosa.
But it’s not just champagne that’s lifting our spirits and banishing the wintertime blues. According to Google (and a team of researchers from the University of Southern California, Harvard and Johns Hopkins) mental illnesses — such as obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and anorexia — are far more seasonal than we think.
The epidemiologists, led by John Ayers, combed through every Google search performed in the United States and Australia between 2006 and 2010, looking for queries like “symptoms of” and “medications for” OCD, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, depression, anorexia, bulimia and schizophrenia.
April 21, 2013
Psychiatric medications are among the most frequently-prescribed medications in this country and throughout the world. One in 10 Americans takes an anti-depressant. Yet despite the incessant barrage of multi-media drug promotions, you may not have the answers to the questions you most want answered.
I asked more than a dozen expert psychiatric colleagues, and myself, the questions they most frequently receive about psychiatric medications from people who take them or their families. Here are a dozen of those many questions; the responses are mine.
I just took my 6-year-old son to the doctor. He's a beautiful boy, all lengthening arms and getting-ganglier legs.
He is the picture of health.
06/09/2013 - I sat there in the doctor's office and cried while the doctor told me I was right in bringing him in and sharing our concerns. "Lots of parents are in denial about kids' odd behavior. They figure they'll just outgrow it, but that rarely happens in these kinds of situations."
"But why do we suddenly have all of these new diagnoses? I mean, it seems like everyone has a diagnosis. What did kids 50 years ago with these problems do?"
"I'll tell you what they did 50 years ago. They learned to self-medicate. They found things that worked, and by adulthood, that odd janitor who didn't really have any friends would go home and drink a 12-pack a night. We're better able to diagnose now than we used to be."
Whimberry, on 03 April 2012 - 12:43 PM, said:
My psychiatrist of 12 years recomended for me to come to this site. He is absolutely wonderful and I have been very fortunate to have him as my doctor and for this long. He said it is a very supportive and safe place. I may tread lightly for a bit, being new and all. But, very much am glad you all are here. (Whimberry)
Below is a list of Eating
Disorders Organizations that you can contact for further help,
information and support.
The non-profit organizations listed here can provide educational and written material, lecture information, referrals to treatment in your area, and more. Don't forget to also check out the Treatment Finder for a list of local therapists, treatment facilities, dietitians, nutritionists and support groups.
Please take advantage of this comprehensive list as there is a plethora of knowledge here at your fingertips. ~Lindsay
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Formerly EDAP & AABA 603 Stewart Street, Suite 803 Seattle, WA 98101-1264 Toll-Free (800) 931-2237 Phone (206) 382-3587 FAX (206) 829-8501 The National Eating Disorders Association is the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to expanding public understanding of eating disorders and promoting access to quality treatment for those affected along with support for their families through education, advocacy and research. To achieve our mission, we have developed prevention programs for a wide range of audiences, we publish and distribute educational materials, we operate the nation's first toll-free eating disorders information and referral line at 1-800-931-2237, and we continually work to change the cultural, familial, and interpersonal factors which contribute to the development of eating disorders.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) Box 7 Highland Park, IL 60035 (847) 831-3438 An association that is concerned with and provides a wide variety of programs for the entire Eating Disorders field (consumer advocacy, counsel, education, referral list, research, etc.)
Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) 18233 N. 16th Way Phoenix, AZ 85022 a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders. People can and do fully recover from having an eating disorder. In EDA, we help one another identify and claim milestones of recovery.
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) 6728 Old McLean Village Drive McLean, VA 22101 (703) 556-9222 Promotes effective treatment and prevention initiatives, and stimulates research. AED sponsors an international conference.
The Elisa Project 8600 NW Plaza Drive, Suite 2B Dallas, Texas 75225 (214) 369-5222 To be a cohesive resource in providing eating disorder sufferers with a better chance of a cure. We accomplish this by educating Health professionals, Parents, Children, The Community and The Funding Community.
Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness PO Box 13155 North Palm Beach, FL 33408-3155 (561) 841-0900 Seeks to establish easily accessible programs across the nation that allow children and young adults the opportunity to learn about eating disorders.
Eating Disorders Coalition 609 10th Street NE, Suite #1 Washington, DC 20002 (202) 543-3842 To promote, at the federal level, further investment in the healthy development of children and all at risk for eating disorders, recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority, and commitment to effective prevention and evidence based and accessible treatment of these disorders.
Harvard Eating Disorders Center (HEDC) 356 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02118 1-888-236-1188 A national nonprofit organization dedicated to research and education, seeking to expand knowledge about Eating Disorders, their detection, treatment and prevention.
Massachusetts Eating Disorders Association, Inc. (MEDA) 92 Pearl Street Newton, MA 02158 (617) 558-1881 Newsletter, referral network, and local support groups.
Overeaters Anonymous P.O. Box 44020 Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124-4020 (505) 891-2664 FAX (505) 891-4320 Dealing with the issues of Compulsive Overeating. Site contains information on OA, info for healthcare professionals, a meeting locator map, fact file, OA literature, upcoming events and more.
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) CW 1-211, 200 Elizabeth Street Toronto, Ontario 416-340-4156 A non-profit organisation established in 1985 to provide information and resources on eating disorders and weight preoccupation.
Eating Disorders Association of Manitoba PO BOX 34099 RPO Fort Richmond Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 5T5 (204) 275-3732 A provincial non-profit organization founded in April of 1998 to provide support for individuals that have a loved one that suffers from an eating disorder.
Eating Disorders Association (UK) First Floor, Wensum House 103 Prince of Wales Road NORWICH, NR 1 1DW Norfolk, UK 01603 621 414 Offers understanding and support to sufferers and their families involved with the problems of Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa.
Somerset & Wessex Eating Disorders Association Strode House, 10 Leigh Road STREET, Somerset, BA16 0HA or 18-25 Project, 20A High Street GLASTONBURY, Somerset, BA6 9DU 01458 448600 Providing support to those affected by eating disorders; core services include the telephone helpline and support groups.
The Eating Disorders Action Group 150 Bedford Highway, #2614 Halifax, NS B3M 3J5 (902) 443-9944 The Eating Disorders Action Group is a community based, charitable organization dedicated to promoting healthy body image and self esteem and to supporting individuals who experience disordered eating.
ANAB Quebec 114 Donegani Boulevard Pointe Claire, Quebec H9R 2V4 (514) 630-0907 ANAB Quebec is a Montreal-based non-profit organization that has been working since 1984 to help those whose lives are touched by an eating disorder.
Food Addicts Anonymous to find a local group visit the website or call: The World Service Office at: (561) 967-3871 National Food Addicts Anonymous Homepage -- information about the FAA recovery program. Worldwide events, on-line meetings, tools for recovery, 12 steps and 12 traditions and much more.
HUGS International Inc. Contact: Linda Omichinski, RD
The center for information and resources about nondieting for adults and teens. We offer worldwide support and programs for people seeking a lifestyle without diets.
Eating Disorders Association Resource Center The Eating Disorders Association is based in Queensland, Australia. It is an organization of people concerned about the growing prevalence and seriousness of eating disorders in our society.
Eating Disorders Association Bryson House, 38 Ormeau Road, Belfast 7 IRELAND Sackville Place, 44 Magdalen Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1JE. Tel 080 232 234914 Members all receive information about Eating Disorders, including the magazine Signpost
British Columbia Eating Disorders Assocation 841 Fairfield Road Victoria BC Canada (250) 383-2755 Non-profit organization dedicated to peer support, peer counseling, and advocacy. We also run prevention programs for elementary, secondary schools and university/college classes. We are completely volunteer driven and supported! Compulsive Eaters Anonymous - H.O.W. PO BOX 4403 10016 Pioneer Blvd Suite 101 Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 (310) 942-8161 fax (310) 948-3721 A twelve step recovery program.
Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) 123 NW 13th St. #206 Boca Raton, FL 33432-1618 (800) 800-8126 fax (407) 338-9913 An organization providing education, newsletters, local chapters, monthly bulletins, regional workshops, and certification. Professional membership.
Promoting Legislation & Education About Self-Esteem, Inc. (PLEASE) 91 S Main Street West Hartford, CT 06107 (860) 521-2515 Memberships and Educational Programs, Workshops, and local chapters. Watch-dog of the growing diet industry.
National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, Inc. (NAAFA) P.O. Box 188620 Sacramento, CA 95818 (800) 442-1214 Advocacy group promoting size acceptance. Membership newsletters, educational materials, regional chapters, yearly convention, and pen-pal program
Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders
Information on Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive
Overeating. Eating Disorders definitions, signs and symptoms, physical
dangers, treatment finder, online support and much more.
Reviewed and edited by Lindsay, Forum Super Admin 02-26-10
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