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Statistics About College Depression

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Statistics About College DepressionSince it is going back-to-school season, I thought I’d educate you on some alarming statistics about depression among college students. Here are the facts, just the facts:

One out of every five young people and one out of ever four college students or adults suffers from some form of diagnosable mental illness.

About 19 precent of young people contemplate or attempt suicide each year.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 15-24, and the second leading cause of death in college students ages 20-24.

Over 66 percent of young people with a substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental health problem.

How Swimming Reduces Depression

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

How Swimming Reduces DepressionI’ve always known that I climb out of any pool a lot happier than when I dove in.

Yes, I know any kind of aerobic exercise relieves depression.

For starters, it stimulates brain chemicals that foster the growth of nerve cells; exercise also affects neurotransmitters such as serotonin that influence mood and produces ANP, a stress-reducing hormone, which helps control the brain’s response to stress and anxiety. But swimming, for me, seems to zap a bad mood more efficiently than even running. Swimming a good 3000 meters for me can, in the midst of a depressive cycle, hush the dead thoughts for up to two hours. It’s like taking a Tylenol for a headache! It was with interest, then, that I read an article in “Swimmer” magazine about why, in fact, that’s the case.

Obesity or an Eating Disorder: Which Is Worse?

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Obesity or an Eating Disorder: Which Is Worse?I fear that I’m giving my daughter an eating disorder with intentions of teaching her how to eat right. Which begs the question: which is more harmful — obesity (and diabetes) or an eating disorder?

I’ve implemented a “one-treat rule” in our home, which simply means that if my kids get ice-cream after school, they have already had their treat and don’t get dessert after dinner. I try to explain as delicately as I can that too many sweets and too much junk food makes you sick. Fat too, yes. But, more importantly, sick.

“What happens when you eat more than one treat?” my daughter asked me awhile back. And, well, I’m not proud of this, but I think I said, while my mind was somewhere else: “You blow up.”

So yesterday she had a snow cone at the pool. That was supposed to be her treat for the day. But when we went to a lacrosse party later that day, a fellow mom trained at Le Cordon Bleu made these amazing cupcakes with the team’s logo designed with butter cream icing. Katherine instinctively grabbed one, but then ran to me, asking, “Will I blow up if I eat this?”

The Pocket Therapist: Mental Health To Go!

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The Pocket Therapist: Mental Health To Go!Imagine a GPS navigational system that said something like this: “In approximately 30 minutes, you will run into your old boss, who will want to make you feel like a worthless pile of feces. Erect personal boundaries immediately…. I said, Get in your bubble, Woman … Are you listening? She’s approaching you on your left. Lock up all childhood tapes now (the ones that convinced you that were weak, ugly, and pathetic) and DO NOT, I said DO NOT play them for her. Remember, their messages are no longer valid. Proceed carefully. You will speak to her in approximately 3, no 2, no 1 second.”

Me? I would like one of those.

So I made one. In book form.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2010

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Eating disorders affect five times as many people as schizophrenia, and twice as many people who have Alzheimer’s disease. And yet Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia …

Fat Talk Free Week

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Talking about our weight, the circumference of our thighs or our disastrous double chin is as natural (and hard to resist) as comparing ourselves to …

Q&A with Julie Holland

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Julie Holland, MHS, CEDS, is recognized in the industry as both a clinician and public speaker. A certified eating disorders specialist, she has directed marketing …

Minding the Media: Ralph Lauren Sinks Lower and Lower

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Model Filippa Hamilton — 5’10″ and 120 pounds — recently was fired from Ralph Lauren for being fat.

According to Hamilton, who had worked for …

What Is Normal Eating?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

What Is Normal Eating?Today, the definition of normal eating is blurry. It’s gotten lost …

Guilt, Shame and Public Life

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Several public figures passed away last week, including Ed McMahon, Billy Mays, Farrah Fawcett and of course, Michael Jackson. Each of them made a …

Dads, Daughters and Body Image

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Dads, Daughters and Body ImageWe’ve already talked about how moms and daughters can …

10 Ways to Manage Your Weight on Psych Meds

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

10 Ways to Manage Your Weight on Psych MedsAwhile back, a Beyond Blue reader asked me to address the …

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