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6 Ways a Highly Sensitive Person’s Brain is Different

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 9, 2021 |

They’re enigmas to most of the world. They “over-think,” “over-feel,” and have an almost eerie ability to read a roomful of strangers at a heart-level. They can go from “life of the party” to needing a three-day nap with no social interaction. And, when they come out of hiding, they go about saving the world…

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How Media Affects Body Image: Do Body Positive Campaigns Work?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 7, 2021 |

Open up any social media app, and you’ll see it – in ads, in videos, in your friends’ posts and photos. Turn on the TV or open a magazine, and you’ll see it – in commercials, in programs, in fashion and makeup ads. You really can’t escape the countless normalized examples of how media affects…

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5 Things You Need To Know About Highly Sensitive People In Relationships

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | November 28, 2021 |

Are you a Highly Sensitive Person or in a relationship with a Highly Sensitive Person? Either way, there are important things to know about Highly Sensitive People in relationships. What is a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)? Highly Sensitive People are ultra-aware of what’s going on around them. HSPs process information thoroughly and respond strongly to…

How To Help A Friend With An Eating Disorder

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | November 28, 2021 |

Knowing how to help a friend with an eating disorder can be tricky. If you’re reading this article, you probably have a friend you suspect has an eating disorder. And you want to help but don’t know how to. You’re especially concerned that anything you say could make things worse. Perhaps one reason you want…

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Are Highly Sensitive People More Likely To Burn Out? (And What You Can Do About It)

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | November 8, 2021 |

Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) are more likely to burn out than the 80-85% of the population who aren’t Highly Sensitive. Some good news for all you Highly Sensitives out there: There are things you can do to prevent burn out. Why are Highly Sensitive People more likely to burn out? Highly Sensitive People are born…

How To Recognize If You Might Have An Emotional Eating Disorder

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | October 30, 2021 |

There is a lot to unpack on the topic of how to recognize if you might have an emotional eating disorder. “If you’ve never eaten while crying you don’t know what life tastes like.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Here are three facts, for starters: 1. Food is comforting, and that is ok. 2. All…

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How To Know When It’s Time To Talk With Your Doctor About Medication To Treat Anxiety And Depression

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | October 23, 2021 |

How do you know when it’s time to talk with your doctor about medication to treat anxiety and depression? First things first. To treat something, it’s helpful to know what the “something” is and if it has a name. So let’s first define anxiety and depression. After that we’ll address talking with your doctor about…

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88 Healthy Body Image Role Models You Need To Meet

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | October 11, 2021 |

Healthy body image role models are tough to find, let alone meet. Especially in Diet Culture. Diet Culture is a system of false beliefs that we’re taught. Despite their glaring untruths, they’re almost universally endorsed in Western culture — so much so that we often can’t distinguish fact from myth. Diet Culture is dangerous. It…

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4 Things To Know About How Stress Can Cause Eating Disorders And Depression

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | October 3, 2021 |

One reason stress gets a bad rap is that it can trigger physical and mental health problems, including eating disorders and depression. Knowing how stress can “cause” eating disorders and depression may help prevent you or someone you love from suffering. To be clear, stress is not always a bad thing. Think about all those…

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8 Body Image Quotes And Sayings That Will Help You Fall In Love With Your Body Again

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | September 20, 2021 |

Body image is complicated. Rarely is there anyone over age 4 or so who loves her body. That is so sad; none of us is born hating our body. And even through early stages of life, we revel in our fingers and toes. And in our body as a whole. Chubby babies are considered “so…

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