When pregnancy brings your eating disorder back to life

Eating disorders during and after pregnancy are a topic that rarely gets discussed, even by those who have been affected by eating disorders during their lifetime. It is almost as if people assume mental illnesses take a vacation during pregnancy. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Some experts believe as many as one in twenty women […]

Over 1.2 million people were admitted to hospitals because of opioids last year

The latest figures show that opioid addiction and overdose rates are skyrocketing across the nation, and with that comes a new strain on our healthcare system. This was highlighted in a new report published this week stating that opioids caused over 1.27 million emergency room visits or inpatient stays in a single year. The new […]

Purging through exercise – One man’s personal experience with bulimia

Bulimia is arguably the most well-known eating disorder, likely because of the visceral imagery it brings to mind. It forces us to envision young, dangerously frail women purging through vomiting or other means like laxatives in the isolation of an otherwise quiet bathroom. While this is often the case with bulimia, the eating disorder doesn’t […]

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50

America’s opioid crisis continues to grow, according to new data showing drug overdose deaths have reached a new record high across the country. As The New York Times reports, drug overdose deaths in 2016 leaped to 59,000, largely driven by opioid addiction and abuse combined with the recent spread of other dangerous drugs like fentanyl. […]

4 out of 5 teens with eating disorders go untreated

Eating disorders are frequently treated like a rare disease. Most people assume they will never know anyone living with anorexia or bulimia. The truth is they are wrong. Almost everyone in the United States knows someone who struggles with an eating disorder, but few talk about it. Even fewer seek treatment. In the US alone, […]

Veterans who suffered sexual trauma are also at risk for eating disorders

Sexual trauma of any kind can be devastating and lead to a whole host of additional psychiatric issues, including PTSD, depression, substance abuse, and even homelessness. This is also true in the military, where approximately 25% of all female and 1% of male veterans are subjected to “sexual activity where a service member is involved […]

Tiger Woods and America’s Prescription Drug Problem

When Tiger Woods was arrested early last Monday morning for DUI, he unwittingly became the face of a growing problem in America. Unlike most DUI’s that get reported in the media, Woods wasn’t driving under the influence of alcohol or any other illicit substance. Instead, the incident was the result of “an unexpected reaction to […]

Could stress during pregnancy lead to binge eating in daughters?

It is no secret that stress changes how we eat. We all have had a bad day and comforted ourselves with our favorite food or dessert. Until now, this behavior has been assumed to be entirely psychological, but a new report suggests there may be more to the phenomenon and could shed light on why […]

Mental Health by the Numbers

With changes in store for the Affordable Care Act and the possible elimination or reduction of benefits for mental health and substance use disorders, it is vital to take a look at the current status of American healthcare. Do we currently have enough resources to serve people living with mental health and substance use disorders? […]

The consequences of eating disorders remain after recovery

Survivors of eating disorders often say they will live with the disease forever. This is partially meant metaphorically; they will always struggle with the urges and body issues which initially fed the development of their eating disorder. But, this is also often very literal. Many who survived eating disorders and achieved recovery still live with […]