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Posted: 02/03/2014 8:51 am EST
"Our findings suggest that it may not be whether an animal is present in an individual's life that is most significant but rather the quality of that relationship," said the paper's author, Megan Mueller, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist and research assistant professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, in a statement. “The young adults in the study who had strong attachment to pets reported feeling more connected to their communities and relationships.”
For the study, published in the journal Applied Developmental Science, more than 500 young adults (ages 18 to 26) were surveyed about their attitudes toward and interaction with animals, as well as their general characteristics (confidence, caring, depression, etc).
The Path to Unconditional Self-Acceptance
How do you fully accept yourself when you don't know how?
Though related, self-acceptance is not the same as self-esteem. Whereas self-esteem refers specifically to how valuable, or worthwhile, we see ourselves, self-acceptance alludes to a far more global affirmation of self. When we're self-accepting, we're able to embrace all facets of ourselves--not just the positive, more "esteem-able" parts. As such, self-acceptance is unconditional, free of any qualification. We can recognize our weaknesses, limitations, and foibles, but this awareness in no way interferes with our ability to fully accept ourselves.
I regularly tell my therapy clients that if they genuinely want to improve their self-esteem, they need to explore what parts of themselves they're not yet able to accept. For, ultimately, liking ourselves more (or getting on better terms with ourselves) has mostly to do with self-acceptance. And it's only when we stop judging ourselves that we can secure a more positive sense of who we are. Which is why I believe self-esteem rises naturally as soon as we cease being so hard on ourselves. And it's precisely because self-acceptance involves far more than self-esteem that I see it as crucial to our happiness and state of well-being.
The beginning of the year is a bummer for many — the combination of dark days, no more holidays to look forward to and never-ending bad weather make this time of year ripe for Seasonal Affected Disorder, or clinical depression with a seasonal onset.
The major symptoms of SAD and clinical depression are the same, Dr. Brandon Gibb, a psychology professor at Binghamton University, told weather.com. You’ll experience an enduring sadness most of the day every day for at least two weeks. (It’s this duration that separates true clinical depression from a few sad moods.) You’ll also experience a loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy.
“The other really key thing is [depression] starts to get in the way of things: work, your ability to do your job, your relationships with people,” he said.
But for some people, there are more subtle signs, counterintuitive to traditional depressive symptoms. Even if you’re working hard at work and going out with your friends, you still could be depressed, in fact.
Some people find it hard to accept compliments when they’re depressed or when their depression is starting to return. One explanation: A compliment disrupts a depressed person’s low self-esteem, so he or she refuses to accept it. Feeling self-centered (when’s the last time you complimented someone else?) is also a sign someone is retreating toward depression.
Many times we think we understand something well, but we may just not have all the facts.
FICTION: Only “crazy” people get mental health treatment.
FACT: Mental illness can happen to anyone. You are not alone. The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMH) states that “one in four adults, approximately 61.5 million Americans, experience mental illness in a given year and approximately 20% of youth ages 13 to 18 experience some kind of mental disorder in a given year.”
FICTION: Mental illness is a sign of weakness.
FACT: Mental illness is not caused by personal weakness. It is a disease like any other and cannot be easily cured by positive thinking or willpower. Mental illness is not related to a person’s character or intelligence. It falls along a continuum of severity. Some people require proper treatment.
You've seen the TV commercials, the person in black and white and sad while they watch their friends and family in color happy as can be? Then the sad individual gets help, sees the world in color and has a dog run into frame to play with them, or they are suddenly on the couch petting their beloved cat. Well, there's a reason for that, pets can help individuals with depression/illnesses/anxiety.
"Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression," says Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA.
Depression affects millions of individuals in the USA alone. A lot of people reading this suffer from some form or know someone who does. A pet might not be right for everyone, so don't just show up with a pet one day for someone you know with depression.
Study finds it might be safer alternative to standard antipsychotics
TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The antidepressant Celexa shows promise in easing the agitation people with Alzheimer's disease often suffer, and may offer a safer alternative to antipsychotic drugs, a new study finds.
"Agitation is one of the worst symptoms for patients and their families: it puts the Alzheimer's patient at risk for other system overloads (cardiac, infection), wears them out physically, and exhausts caregivers and families," noted one expert, Dr. Alan Manevitz, a clinical psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
He said that while antipsychotic drugs are typically used to help ease the agitation, they are also associated with a higher risk of death for Alzheimer's patients, so safer alternatives would be welcome.
The new study was led by Dr. Constantine Lyketsos, director of the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center in Baltimore. It included 186 Alzheimer's patients with agitation symptoms such as emotional distress, aggression, irritability, and excessive movem
At twenty years old, my 6 year battle with anorexia nervosa had finally caused my life to come crashing down.
My eating disorder had taken complete control of my mind and dominated my every thought. In just a few months I had lost over 2 stone, had drastically reduced the amount I was eating to just 200-300 calories a day and was wasting the little energy I had on excessive exercise. For so long, my ‘diet’ had given me a false sense of control and now it was apparent that, in reality, it was something that was controlling me.
I was finally forced to reach out for help when my starvation and decreasing health made it impossible to keep up with my student lifestyle. I had become depressed, was in a constant state of anxiety and no longer had the energy to pretend everything was OK. I was lost, confused and desperate for a way out, but felt unable to confide in any one.
My thoughts were so distorted by my illness; I was convinced that I was ‘much too big’ to have an eating disorder, despite being underweight, felt my friends and family would not understand, thinking I was just an attention-seeker. However, when I finally found the courage to reach out for help, the response I received was over-whelming and I could not have got where I am today without their support.
For a long time I was in denial of how ill I was, and was under the delusion that I would be able to continue at university and recover. However, it soon became clear that this was not possible and the decision was made to suspend my studies, return home and concentrate on recovery. I was diagnosed with anorexia and referred to a specialist eating disorder team, consisting of a psychologist, an occupational therapist and a dietician.
I swear, I started to get seriously suicidal toward the end of September last year. So then I had a plan to **** myself on my birthday . . . obviously didn't happen, ha. Rather, the foray into minor self-harming occurred instead.
Anyway, this is all just to say that I was in the darkest place I've ever been at that point last year. I don't know how many of you recall that, but I want to say that DF was definitely one thing that kept me going at that time. So, thank you for being there then and now, DF!
Category: Your Health
Eating Disorders Organizations List, Plus Support
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
Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center
2923 Sandy Pointe, Suite 6
Del Mar, CA 92014-2052
Answering any questions you might have about eating disorders and their prevention.
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)
Highland Park, IL 60035
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
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
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.
National Center for Overcoming Overeating
P.O. Box 1257
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0920
Women's Campaign to End Body Hatred and Dieting
Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
PO Box 13155
North Palm Beach, FL 33408-3155
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
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
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
Newsletter, referral network, and local support groups.
P.O. Box 44020
Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124-4020
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
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
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
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
18-25 Project, 20A High Street
GLASTONBURY, Somerset, BA6 9DU
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
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.
114 Donegani Boulevard
Pointe Claire, Quebec H9R 2V4
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.
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
38 Ormeau Road,
44 Magdalen Street,
Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1JE.
Tel 080 232 234914
Members all receive information about Eating Disorders, including the magazine Signpost
Eating Disorders Association of WA (Western Australia)
Unit 13A, Wellington Fair, 4 Lord Street, Perth
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 6000
TELEPHONE: 9221 0488
FAX: 9221 0499
British Columbia Eating Disorders Assocation
841 Fairfield Road
Victoria BC Canada
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
fax (310) 948-3721
A twelve step recovery program.
Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)
123 NW 13th St. #206
Boca Raton, FL 33432-1618
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
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
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.
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