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A photo of four girls of the tween years are sitting on a step, with just their legs showing from the knee down. They represent some of the influences on body image at that age.

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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4 Facts To Consider If You’ve Been Diagnosed With Comorbid Anxiety And Depression

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 18, 2021 |

Anxiety disorders and mood disorders are common. They affect people of all ages and walks of life. When someone suffers from anxiety and mood disorders at the same time, they’re diagnosed with comorbid anxiety and depression. Four common questions about co-occurring anxiety and depression are: How often do they co-occur? Why do they co-occur? What’s…

A woman's hands are holding a cup of tea, suggesting she is using the warmth of the cup as a way to manage anxiety as a Highly Sensitive Person.

The Highly Sensitive Person And Anxiety: Why HSPs Are Prone To Anxiety

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 13, 2021 |

Highly Sensitive People are born with a genetic trait called sensory processing sensitivity. Basically, that means they have a super responsive nervous system. As a result, a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) is, typically, shall we say, well acquainted with anxiety. Let’s define anxiety, talk more about HSPs, and then discuss the overlap. What is anxiety?…

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The Pros And Cons Of Anxiety And Depression Support Groups

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 10, 2021 |

If you have anxiety or depression, you may wonder if a support group would be helpful to you. First step? Consider the pros and cons of participating in anxiety and depression support groups. Being part of a support group provides an opportunity to be with people with similar concerns. To be in the presence of…

Four rows of food, witha woman's arm with fork in hand, demonstrating disordered eating.

What Is Disordered Eating?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 7, 2021 |

Disordered eating is so common that it’s hard to identify and define. It’s just accepted as “normal”. Kind of like fish not knowing they’re wet. It’s just how they live. We’re born with all of the knowledge we need in order to eat well. But over time, the knowledge goes offline. Especially with our cultural…

Chill looking man with daughter and hound, appearing to be interested in learning more about his wife with High Sensitivity

9 Things To Recognize About Your Spouse If You’re Married To A Highly Sensitive Person

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 5, 2021 |

If you’re married to a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), you’re a lucky spouse. Why? Because your partner is one of the universe’s deep feelers and thinkers. And “noticers” of subtleties. Maybe her uniqueness attracted you. Or her deep reflections, appreciation of nature, and delight in delicious food. Regardless, there are unique things to recognize about…

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Suffering From Depression And Anxiety? 25 Things To Help You Start Feeling Better

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 24, 2021 |

Depression zaps you of joy and energy. Anxiety keeps you on edge. At some point, we all struggle with some form of depression and anxiety. Emotions are part of being human. If you are suffering from depression and anxiety, you may wonder if there are things you can do to help you start feeling better.…

Boy looking in mirror at himself illustrating how hard it can be to tell if your son has body image issues

How To Tell If Your Son Is Struggling With Male Body Image Issues

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 24, 2021 |

Body image issues are common and not just “a female thing”. Boys and men have body image problems too. Male body image issues can be harder to identify than females’. So how can you tell if your son is struggling with male body image issues? And what do you do? Let’s back up and talk…

How To Begin Overcoming Negative Body Image And Eating Disorders

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 21, 2021 |

“Oppression spares no body. Injustices are both systemic and intimate, taking root in the flesh.” –Mary Watkins You’re thinking it’s time to begin overcoming negative body image and eating disorders. But you aren’t 100 percent certain. And you’re not even sure it is possible. That’s ok. You can still move forward to improve your relationship…

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How To Heal From 3 Heartbreaking Side Effects Of Eating Disorders

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 14, 2021 |

Eating Disorders are serious illnesses that squeeze joy and ease out of your life. They take a huge toll on your body and mind and can shorten life span. Despite how damaging the effects can be, you can heal from (most of) the heartbreaking side effects of eating disorders. Consequences of eating disorders vary, depending…

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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