Together For Mental Health (#Together4MH)

By Quinn Nystrom, MS It is hard to believe that Mental Health Awareness has been observed since 1949. That’s over seven decades of raising awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities! I have to note that the global events of the…

Things You Should Know About Alcohol Awareness Month

By Quinn Nystrom, MS I touched on this topic in my March article about pandemic fatigue. However, I’d like to dive a little (OK, a LOT) deeper into the known fact that overindulging in alcohol has increased significantly since the pandemic. Reports show that excessive drinking (8 drinks a week for women, 15 for men,…

4 Exciting Tech Announcements in the Diabetes World 2022

By Quinn Nystrom, MS Technology. Some people say they dislike it, but just as many (if not more) know the world is a better place because of it. Whether it is your friend or foe, the medical field has amplified patient care, increased disease control, and improved treatment methods because of technological advances. A lot…

I’m Tired. You’re Tired. Pandemic Fatigue is Real

By Quinn Nystrom, MS It’s been 8,000 days since a relentless and brutal virus plunged our world into a global pandemic. Okay, maybe it hasn’t been that long, but it sure feels like it sometimes. COVID-19 has been no walk in the park for anyone, but it has been especially challenging for those struggling with…

Wounded Healer – How to Prioritize Your Own Health Before Helping Others

By Quinn Nystrom, MS As human beings, we are hardwired to want to help others. This fact is evident in the bravery and tenacity of our healthcare workers, law enforcement, military, and the Everyday Heroes that we encounter either in person or on the news. Imagine what the world would be like if we were…

NEDA Awareness Week

By Quinn Nystrom, MS Did you know that this week is National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDAwareness) Week? This relevant and significant observation is an annual campaign to educate the public about the realities of eating disorders and to provide hope, support, and visibility to individuals and families affected by them. NEDAwareness Week is a collective…

Music Album Release – “Don’t You Remember” A Tribute to Karen Carpenter

By, Christina Schultz If you have ever struggled with issues of negative body image, self shame, or suffocating pressure to be perfect you are not alone. One of the tragedies of our day is how so many individuals from previous generations have battled these kinds of feelings on their own because emotional and mental hardships…

Let’s Talk About … Social Media With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S

Let’s Talk About … Social Media With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S Recently in Body Image group we finished our discussion on social media. In group we discussed a study by Meler and Gray, where college women were divided into 2 groups. One group researched the Ocelot, a rainforest cat. The other group of college women…

Illness Splaining

By Center for Change Illness splaining is a thing. I thought I made it up a few weeks ago when a family member with zero experience or expertise started trying to “educate” me about my chronic illness/autoimmune disease. As she was droning on and on about a condition that I live with daily, I literally…

Let’s Talk About … Triggers With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S

Let’s Talk About … Triggers With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S Recently in Body Image group we discussed triggers. Triggers are external events or circumstances that may produce very uncomfortable emotional or psychological symptoms, such as anxiety, panic, discouragement, despair or negative self-talk. I like this quote by Vienna Pharaonic but I had to add a…

Diet Culture & the Holidays

With the holidays approaching, it can be easy to become caught up in the diet culture messages that are prevalent this time of year. Regardless if you struggle with an eating disorder or not, these messages can bring on intense and overwhelming feelings of being “less than” or “not good enough.” The Holiday Season is…

Let’s Talk About … Resilience With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S

Let’s Talk About … Resilience With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S Why is resilience so important, and how do you know if you’re resilient enough? Resilience is typically defined as the capacity to recover from difficult life events. “It’s your ability to withstand adversity and bounce back and grow despite life’s downturns,” says Amit Sood, MD,…

Let’s Talk About … Pursuing Your Passions With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S

Let’s Talk About … Pursuing Your Passions With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S What do you love to do? In a research study by Zawadzki et al. published in “The Annals of Behavioral Medicine”, they found that pursuing your passion both lowers stress and contributes to greater happiness over all. Researchers found that participants who engaged…

Let’s Talk About … Body Acceptance With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S

Let’s Talk About … Body Acceptance With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S We are all aware that we live in an appearance obsessed culture where there is often too much emphasis placed on how we look. We are told to lose weight, brighten our teeth, erase wrinkles, and tone up. Unfortunately, the constant toxic messages can…

Let’s Talk About … Brain Chemistry

Let’s Talk About … Brain Chemistry With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S Researchers have long known that affirmations can decrease stress, increase well being and improve academic performance. We now know that affirmations can also change our brain! Christopher Cascio and colleagues from University of Pennsylvania used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and found that self-affirmations…

Let’s Talk About … Social Media & Body Image

  Let’s Talk About … Social Media & Body Image With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S Recently in body image group we examined some research on social media and the impact on body image and eating disorders. Furguson et al. found that increased social media use by adolescent girls was the strongest predictor of lower life…

Let’s Talk About … Suicide Prevention Day

Let’s Talk About … Suicide Prevention Day With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S Today is Suicide Prevention Day. According to the CDC, one in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have considered suicide in the past month due to the pandemic. 40% of surveyed Americans have reported an increase in anxiety and…

Let’s Talk About … Self-Worth

Let’s Talk About … Self-Worth With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S How often do you look in the mirror and say “If I could just lose ten pounds, then I would be happy”? Unfortunately, the majority of American women and girls are dissatisfied with their bodies, and many take extreme measures in an attempt to change…

Let’s Talk About … Health at Every Size®

Let’s Talk About … Health at Every Size® With Nicole Hawkins, PhD, CEDS-S Health at Every Size® (HAES) can help with eating disorder recovery. It has been made abundantly clear that dieting does not work, and dieting only results in a loss of self-esteem! The primary focus of HAES is to promote healthy behaviors for…

Perspective: The Color and Nuance of Story

By Krista A. Lample, M.Ed I’ve written about my irritation with the “look on the bright side” “silver linings” crowd. Not only are we not allowed to just live in our darkness for a minute or two, we have to force a lesson out of every bad thing we experience. Take Covid for instance. I…

My Journey Outside the Box

By Krista A. Lample, M.Ed It took me about 10 years to be diagnosed with celiac disease. Seemingly unrelated symptoms plagued me to the point where I sometimes felt like a hypochondriac. Doctors did not take me seriously. Most do not know much about celiac disease in my experience AND what they do know is…

Expectations

by Krista A. Lample, M.Ed OK I’m waiting……. 2021 is supposed to be better right? It’s been a month and a half. I’ve been patient. Everyone’s getting vaccinated. Where is the “better” that I was promised? Ok maybe I wasn’t promised per se but I feel like it was implied. Why don’t I feel any…

Psychedelics and Eating Disorders

By Adele Lafrance, PhD & Reid Robison, MD This article was published in the Gurze – Salucore Eating Disorders Resource Catalouge on January 23, 2021. Intro Clinicians working with eating disorders are well aware that these conditions can be the most difficult to treat. The stakes are high, as millions of individuals are affected, they…

Do Not Fear the Resolution

By Krista Lample, M.Ed Happy Belated New Year!  It seems like everyone is anti-resolution these days. I get it. The general consensus is that most people don’t keep resolutions so why set yourself up for failure?  Mental health wise it seems to make more sense to set yourself up for success with small, attainable goals….

Waiting for COVID

By Krista Lample, MEd I don’t know about you, but this is the title of my life over the past 6 months. It’s like we are all starring in our own sad, anxiety-ridden, paranoid movie and just waiting for the bad thing to happen. Life seems to be put on hold in so many ways….