Eating Disorders Articles

Mental Illness vs. Character Flaws

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, May 24th, 2013
How do I determine the difference between the mental illnesses my daughter lives with and character defects? It is difficult for me to know the difference. Can you offer some guidelines that will help discern the differences, to help me in knowing how to respond? My ...

Do I Have An Eating Disorder?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
I don't know if I have an eating disorder or not. Back in July, 2012, I started eating roughly 200-600 calories a day and exercising about 2-4 after my friend said, "If you eat, you lose the starvation contest." I hate my body, and weight, ...

Depressed and Anxious

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Hi, I'm sixteen years old and a male. I've been diagnosed with major depressive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder since age 13. Also, I have used numerous drugs, alcohol, self-harmed, contemplated/attempted suicide twice, I don't eat or treat myself very well, have critically low self ...

No One Believes Me

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, May 16th, 2013
I think I have suffered long-term sexual abuse, but am not sure. I was laying down for a nap one day and all of a sudden a memory of miscarrying a baby popped in my head. I remembered everything so clearly, but the idea just ...

Extreme Body Issues

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
I've always been self-conscious about my body. When I was 13 I gained a lot of weight and I realized I was getting stretch marks. I didn't really care back then, but when I turned 17 I noticed that I had stretch marks everywhere. I ...

I Think I Have an Eating Disorder

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, April 15th, 2013
Hello, my name is Laura. I'm 14 years old. I suffer from depression, my mum had an eating disorder and bipolar. I'm really scared about putting weight on, I chop my food up into small/tiny pieces or hide it. I weigh myself every morning I ...

Falling in Love with the Wrong People

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
I fall in love with the wrong people and it tends to make me more depressed. I have suffered from low self esteem for basically my whole life because i am over weight. So when i have a crush on someone, or fall in love ...

Bodybuilder Blues

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, February 17th, 2013
I have problems gathering between being a bodybuilder and a normal person in the same time! I love bodybuilding but when I start training this kind of sport, I find my self aggressive and violent and I find my self rating people with their strength in ...

Don’t Know What’s Wrong with Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, February 14th, 2013
From New Zealand: That heading kinda said what was wrong but you might need a few more details. A couple of years ago when I was 17 my doctor put me on anti depressants as I was depressed for what I know of 2 ...

Self-Confidence and Body Image Issue

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, January 27th, 2013
I am looking for ways to fully accept my body. I have been in a long distance relationship for two years with an amazing man who loves me as I am. I just can't fathom why he does. I have a huge abdomen, round rear-end, ...

Best Friend is Suicidal & Depressed

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, January 10th, 2013
My best friend is a 17 year old girl. For a while she has been depressed and suicidal, she recently developed an eating disorder (bulimia). She will not see a doctor or a therapist because of the fact she feels uncomfortable telling people things. She ...

Should I Rebuild a Relationship with My Mother?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, November 23rd, 2012
I have always had a difficult relationship with my mum. My dad was married to another woman and wasn’t around much. I believe my childhood with my mum was unstable. When we were toddlers she fabricated a story about having cancer, which she upheld for ...
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