Month: March 2021

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What’s the REAL Relationship Between Anxiety and Eating Disorders?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 18, 2021 |

Anxiety and Eating Disorders often co-occur. Anxiety can begin before an Eating Disorder, around the same time, or after the onset of an Eating Disorder. This chronology has led many to wonder about the real relationship between anxiety and Eating Disorders. So, let’s unpack this. First, anxiety. Think of anxiety as on a continuum. On…

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How To Determine Your Best Treatment For Anxiety And Depression

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 7, 2021 |

Anxiety and Depression are common and treatable. But how do you determine your best treatment for anxiety and depression? It is definitely not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. And, there is no reliable blood test. (But, there will be one day soon.) At least initially, anxiety and depression often present as physical ailments rather than…

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How Does Media Affect Body Image Negatively?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 7, 2021 |

Have you ever wondered how media affects body image negatively? Consider the following scenario: You’re waiting in line at the grocery store and wonder what’s going on in the world of social media. You decide to scroll through Instagram. Or maybe you browse on Pinterest or Facebook. Innocent enough, right? Seems like no big deal.…

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3 Reasons Poor Body Image And Eating Disorders Go Hand-In-Hand

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 7, 2021 |

Not everyone with an eating disorder has poor body image, and not everyone with poor body image has an eating disorder. However, poor body image and eating disorders often do go hand in hand. Let’s start by defining body image. Body image is the relationship you have with your own body. As with most relationships,…

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How To Thrive As A Highly Sensitive Person

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 7, 2021 |

Learning how to thrive as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) makes a world of difference. And a difference in the world. Sounds cheesy but is true. A Highly Sensitive Person scores high in Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS), a genetic trait associated with perceiving things up to ten times more intensely than other people. Research suggests 15% or…

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Are Eating Disorders A Mental Illness?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 3, 2021 |

Eating Disorders are a diagnosable mental illness. So says the Bible for diagnosing psychiatric illnesses, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Published by the American Psychiatric Association, the DSM includes hundreds of mental health disorders categorized by symptoms, for both adults and children. Updated every few years, the current version is DSMV. Eating Disorders have…

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What Influences Body Image For Tweens?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 2, 2021 |

Body image is the relationship you have with your body. Parents, your body image has likely changed over the years in some ways. But maybe not in others. For tweens, body image is especially complex due to unique influences associated with age and development. Tweens are especially prone to feel self-conscious and to obsess about…

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