Saturday, August 19, 2017

Hyperarousal and Dissociation in Dysregulated Eating

Many dysregulated eaters bounce back and forth between two states: wildly emotional or detached and unfeeling. Both are a product of traumatic experiences and can lead to mindless, emotional and binge eating. By understanding why this happens to your mind/body, you will be better able to recognize these states, cope with them more effectively, and […]

How to Calm Your Brain

I was looking through notes I took at a workshop I attended last year on “Calming An Overactive Brain,” and found some ideas which speak directly to why it’s difficult for dysregulated eaters to not reach for food when they’re in internal distress. My hope is that by understanding what goes on in your brain […]

Our Interview with OITNB Actress Julia Lake

Please tell us about yourself and what you do? I’m an actress!  I play the goofy meth-head, Angie Rice, on Orange is the New Black.  Can you tell us a bit about any upcoming projects or events that you are working on? I’m currently filming season 5 of OITNB, which has been absolutely crazy and […]

What If Anxious Eating is About Things Insignificant and Inconsequential

A while ago, imagine my surprise when I turned left at an intersection and went through a red light. (I expected the yellow light to become a green turn arrow as it usually did at this intersection). Knowing the intersection has a red-light camera, I figured I’d probably receive a ticket. Immediately, feeling anxiety rising, […]

What If You Were Friends with Ingrid Nilsen or Caitlyn Jenner?

This week I’m so inspired by Ingrid Nilsen. She shared a video about her coming out journey that is really sweet and beautiful. Nilsen courageously wore her heart on her sleeve talking about the inner struggle she experienced. When a friend or family member shares their inner being, let’s be there for them. How can […]

Childhood Anorexia and P.A.N.D.A.S. – A Missing Link?

New evidence suggests some cases of childhood anorexia nervosa may be caused by a treatable syndrome called PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections). When I started researching PANDAS I came upon hundreds of stories of healing. Some were heartbreaking to read and learn what the children and families went through. But most end with […]

Children’s Books

Graciously re-posted courtesy of www.AllisonJupiter.com Since I have become a mother, I have had the opportunity to re-read many children’s books.  During this process, it has made me realize how the lessons of these books can be applied to many of the issues my patients face.  Here are two of my favorite children’s books that are good […]

How Control Issues Morphy Into Body and Weight Issues

Control is a major issue for us all. We want to control our environment and people’s behaviors to help us survive and thrive. Although we have little control over either when we are children, we become more empowered as we mature. But, fact is, we will never have complete power over our lives, even as […]

codependency & personal power

Far too many people have learned to automatically and habitually give away their personal power. Without realizing what they’re doing, they repeatedly idealize other people (particularly authority figures and romantic interests) and then subjugate themselves to those people. Other patterns that often accompany this codependent relational style include: Difficulty in being assertive and in advocating […]

Understanding Fear: What Are Phobias?

August 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Anxiety, Featured, Mental Health

Understand phobias is made easier with this playful infograph.

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