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Three Reasons Male Body Image Issues Aren’t Discussed As Frequently As Females’

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | May 13, 2022 |

Bikini-prepping, Keto dieting, scales, tape measures, photo filters, celebrity icons, and constant self-evaluation in the company of a mirror. We may know it’s not healthy, yet somehow society has developed a collective “not-surprised” numbness to girls and body image issues.  But what about guys?  Why don’t we hear about male body image issues the way…

How Effective Are Anti-Anxiety and Depression Meds?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | May 5, 2022 |

There’s a decision that millions of people have to make at a time when they have the greatest difficulty making decisions. The decision is more complicated than pondering how effective anti-anxiety and depression meds are. When anxiety and/or depression begins to slowly, pervasively suffocate the “life out of life,” people have to choose. Do I…

What Parents Must Know About Social Media and Body Image Research

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | April 25, 2022 |

Helicopter parents, listen up! You may risk hearing, “I hate you!” followed by a slamming door as your teenager storms away. But this is an important credential to add to your (so your child thinks) overprotective parenting resumé. Social media and body image research are on screen-time overdrive for kids. And you ought to be…

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7 Body Image Affirmations EVERY HSP Needs To Explore

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | April 15, 2022 |

You’re aware. Of darn near everything. It doesn’t matter if it’s outside of you or inside of you, it doesn’t get by you. And by golly, that goes for your body, too. Thanks to Diet Culture, feeling badly about your own body is more common than not. Add in the heightened awareness and depth of…

Ask The Psychologist: Can Depression And Anxiety Cause Memory Loss?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | April 7, 2022 |

Mind and behavior Psychology may be the scientific study of the mind and behavior, but not to the exclusion of the physical seat of the mind, the brain. The interplay between physical and non-physical is as central to research and treatment as it is to everyday life. Within the seemingly isolated topics of depression, anxiety,…

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The Highly Sensitive Person Lifestyle: Yup, It’s Real & Glorious

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 21, 2022 |

Discussions of lifestyle usually center on net worth, material possessions, travel, and social life. The word conjures up thoughts of “life outside a person”: What do you have? Where do you go? What do you do for fun? What can you afford? Do you keep up with the Kardashians? But, for the Highly Sensitive Person,…

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13 Best Emotional Support Dog Breeds For Anxiety And Depression

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 20, 2022 |

You swear you can’t live without him. And he is faithfully sworn to your happiness. He doesn’t check a damn thing off your honey-do list, and you couldn’t care less. You’re happy to swap poop-scooping and fur on…well, everything…for the unconditional love and uncomplicated companionship. You may even have one of the best emotional support…

A girls face, laying on a watermelon that is among other melons She looks as if she may have an eating disorder and be suffering from the effects.

3 Major Consequences Of Untreated Eating Disorders & The Delusion that Leads To Them

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 13, 2022 |

The very real consequences of eating disorders– especially if left untreated — wreak havoc with body, mind, and spirit. Messages involving false promises bombard us. The essence of the messages is that dieting and exercise will let you live longer and be happier. For people with an eating disorder, the message is reconfigured and taken…

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The Big 5 Early Signs Of An Eating Disorder And The Many Ways They Show Up. A Must-Read For Every Parent!

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 22, 2022 |

Eating disorders are insidious. They hide behind social media, dating, fitness-conscious workouts, and bathroom doors. By the time parents catch on, the challenge of catching up can be overwhelming…and consequential. It’s therefore important – imperative, really – that all parents become educated about the early signs of an eating disorder.  Indicators of eating disorders are…

A couple walking on the beach, one of whom is a Highly Sensitive Person, and the other is dating the Highly Sensitive Person.

5 Things To Know About Dating A Highly Sensitive Person

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 19, 2022 |

Are you dating a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)?* If you suspect so, there are things to know that will make or break your relationship. Having a sense of these features in advance (or even during) is helpful. But lacking familiarity with the trait of High Sensitivity (HS) could wipe out your chances of a second…

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​Here I get real on body image, eating, sex, yoga and more. Sometimes the topics are more random. All relate to psychology (after all, I am a psychologist!)             --Dr.D