Shades of Blue: Here are 10 Types of Depression

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About Depression Simply defined, depression means feeling depressed. It’s a feeling, not a limiting character trait (although it can CERTAINLY feel like the latter). It can wear the face of Sylvia Plath or Kurt Cobain — the brilliant artist going out in a blaze of self-destruction. Depression can also be the 6th grade bully who’s […]

3 Ways to Be in The Moment, with Atlanta Counselor TJ Prince


TRANSCRIPT: Ok, with great respect and great love, I’d like to great each and every one of you out there. I thought I’d take a few minutes and talk about the importance of mindfulness in psychotherapy. A lot of us struggle with negative mental diets. Our inner narrative and self-talk oftentimes is negative. Learning how […]

Crisis Is Not a Disaster; it’s an Opportunity for Change

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By, Counselor Teresa J. Cooper, M.A., LPC-MHSP — Thriveworks Knoxville While you may be in the midst of a persona crisis, the sky isn’t really falling. A crisis can be big or small, but most often the “crises” we experience aren’t disasters, but opportunities for growth and for change. Change is possible, but it’s not […]

A Tip for Making Life Changes, with Counselor Justin Hall LPC

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By Justin Hall, LPC — Thriveworks Knoxville When looking to make changes in your life, think about the healthy or new things in your life you want to include instead of focusing on the areas of our life that you want to quit. This approach will help you to take a more active and positive […]

What You Need to Know About Anorexia Before You Help Someone Who Has It


If someone you know is struggling with the hazardous effects of Anorexia or a related eating disorder, here are some key things to know. Anorexia Nervosa is a prominent eating disorder that is usually found in young women during puberty, as well as men in some cases. The disease is characterized by the fear of […]

Females with Anorexia Show Signs of Autism

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Anorexia and Autism Autism spectrum disorders, which are many times more prevalent in males than females, might be presenting in female girls in a unique way, according to Kate Kelland of Reuters, and a study by Simon Baron-Cohen at Cambridge University. According to a recent study, female participants with the eating disorder anorexia present a higher level of […]

Talking to your Family about Childhood Obesity

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Obesity is a very difficult subject to discuss with loved ones, especially children. Unfortunately, the issue is complicated by feelings of guilt, shame, blame and embarrassment. We have unfortunately gotten caught up in the “blame game” surrounding this issue. We want to blame advertisers, the school systems, food advertisements, fast food, video games and TV. […]

Binge Eating Disorder References and Resources

Several blog article on this site related to the issue to Binge Eating Disorder present a number of in-text APA-style citations. The follow is a full list of the citations and references. Allen, Karina et al, “The Onset and Course of Binge Eating in 8-13 Year Old Healthy Weight, Overweight and Obese Children.” Eating Behaviors: […]

Staying Healthy During Unemployment

Kim Cartwright

Staying Healthy During Unemployment About ten years ago the company that I worked for shut down and I found myself unemployed. A normal work week for me was 45 to 50 hours a week, so I was suddenly left with plenty of free time. Initially, this new found freedom seemed like a blessing, a much […]

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Eating disorder experts focus treatment around the distorted attitudes that those with BED have in regard to eating, weight and shape.  They also focus on the mood related symptoms such as anxiety or depression (American Psychological Association, 2010).  Treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy are commonly used (Mayo […]

Binge Eating Disorder: A Christian Counseling Approach to Care

Binge Eating Disorder: A Christian Counseling Approach to Care It is unquestionable that binge eating and obesity have a devastating impact on an individual’s life (Darby et al, 2009). The decreased quality of life makes those with BED a burden not only to themselves, but to those around them. Scripture tells us that God will […]

Causes of Binge Eating Disorder

Causes of Binge Eating Disorder It is believed that the causes of BED usually fall into one of three categories:  biological, psychological and environmental.  It is believed by some that people affected by BED may have a genetic predisposition to develop an eating disorder.  They may also have altered brain chemicals (Mayo Clinic, 2010).  It […]

Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder

Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is characterized by frequent episodes of out-of-control eating (American Psychological Association, 2010).  Unlike individuals who participate in bulimic behavior, those with BED do not purge themselves of excess caloric intake through self-induced vomiting or excessive exercise. (American Psychological Association, 2010) Symptoms include eating large amounts of […]

Binge Eating Disorder: Summary and Statistics

Binge Eating Disorder: Summary and Statistics In 1959, Albert Strunkard identified Binge Eating Disorder as a distinct eating pattern in  people who were suffering from obesity (Gibney et al, 2005).  It is generally believed that BED has a broader demographic distribution that that of anorexia and bulimia. Several reports from the early 1980’s state that […]

The OMG Diet – Fad, Gimmick, or Effective Weight Loss Strategy

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You’ve heard of the Atkins diet, and even the South Beach diet, but have you heard of the OMG Diet? A new weight loss program, with some interesting rules, has people in the medical community thinking WTF? The diet is detailed in the book “Six Weeks To OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends” and […]

College Eating Disorder Stats

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Interesting College Eating Disorder Statistics Eating disorders are illnesses in which victims suffer severe disturbances in their eating behaviors and related thoughts and emotions. They affect several million people at any given time, usually women of ages 12-35. There are two main types of eating disorders, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa; a third disorder, binge […]