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How cosmetic surgery affects mental health

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While plastic surgery initially started as a restorative procedure for patients who were either involved in an accident or burn victims, this has changed over the year. Currently, many plastic surgeons mostly do cosmetic procedures. As years go by, the number of people willing to go under the knife and get transformed has increased rapidly. The question many ask is …

Staying Body Positive While Planning a Wedding

If you’re a bride-to-be, it’s easy to have a perfect “look” in mind for your special day. It’s not uncommon to diet before your wedding or choose to get in shape at the gym. We’ve all seen the “sweating for the wedding” t-shirts, right?   Though there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look and feel your best on your big …

What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

  Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Body Dysmorphic Disorder involves a preoccupation with perceived flaws or defects in an individual’s physical appearance. These perceived flaws are not observable or are very minor but a person will still spend a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. A person with Body Dysmorphic Disorder is extremely body conscious. Their behaviour may …

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The face of trauma as an adult

Experiencing trauma as an adult has many similarities when comparing how adults behave after experiencing childhood trauma. This post identifies the typical patterns that emerge from childhood trauma. The experience is related to trauma lived by a female, however many adult males are affected by trauma during their adult lives as well. What is trauma? Trauma is a powerful and …

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What is mental illness?

Mental illness is not a choice. It’s a way of behaving that is informed by a brain that is either wired incorrectly or chemically imbalanced. Mental illness results from problems with the communication between neurons in the brain (neurotransmission).People often assume that people who are depressed are consciously choosing to shy away from life or stay in bed all day. This …

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Try Yoga for Eating Disorders

“What? You have an eating disorder? Don’t be so melodramatic. You just like to eat a lot and that’s why you’ve gained a few pounds. Everybody gets that way. Don’t be too hard on yourself.”  This right here is tragic. Has someone ever said something like this to you? We get that they’re trying to be positive about body image …

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What is Orthorexia?

Orthorexia isn’t currently recognised in a clinical setting as a separate eating disorder, so someone who visited the doctor with the symptoms would not be officially diagnosed with “orthorexia”, although the term may be brought up when discussing their illness. Orthorexia refers to an unhealthy obsession with eating “pure” food. Food considered “pure” or “impure” can vary from person to …

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How CBT assists in treating eating disorders

Eating disorders often involve a preoccupation with shape and weight. There is also a need to please others, to avoid failure and maintain a sense of control – this is likely to be created from a sense of no control and chaos, it’s the one thing a person with an eating disorder feels they can control.   How CBT helps …