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BMC Therapist Christine Muska Discusses PTSD and Breast Cancer on TV20

Therapist Christine Muska appeared on TV20 to discuss how cancer survivors can experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and addressed the ways in which those impacted can support the survivor. She also talked about the symptoms of PTSD. To see the interview in its entirety, click here.    

Orthorexia: An Unhealthy Obsession With Healthy Food

From Yoshita Sengupta at ZLiving.com: Orthorexia nervosa was first coined by a Californian doctor, Steven Bratman, in 1997, but it isn’t a formal medical condition yet. But it is a condition indeed—one that can have far-reaching physical and mental effects. What Is Orthorexia? “Orthorexia, although not classified in the DSM-5 as a clinical diagnosis, is … Read more

#Thinspiration: The Dangers of Pro-Eating Disorder Web Content

Statisticbrain.com sites the most popular New Years Resolution for 2014 as “Weight Loss.” Year in and year out there is no resolution more popular than losing weight. Nearly every news program, health magazine, and internet blog has tips listed for how to lose weight or reach fitness goals this year. Comedians even mock the “January … Read more

Trauma switch identified: Mechanism protects our brains from turning stress and trauma into post-traumatic stress disorder

ScienceDaily (Oct. 5, 2012) — Researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School have for the first time identified the mechanism that protects us from developing uncontrollable fear. Our brains have the extraordinary capacity to adapt to changing environments — experts call this ‘plasticity’. Plasticity protects us from developing mental disorders as the result of … Read more

Autism survey for parents may catch disorder early

By MyHealthNewsDaily Staff A survey given to parents when their children are 1-year old children may help identify kids at risk of autism, a new study suggests. Using scores on the survey, called the First Year Inventory, the researchers identified 31 percent of children who were ultimately diagnosed with autism at age 3, the researchers … Read more

Integrated Treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination. For these problems to be diagnosed as ADHD, they must be out of the normal range for a child’s age and development. Usually these behaviors are observed at an early age. Parents of children diagnosed with ADHD often struggle to … Read more

The Link Between Sleep and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Can dreams really help our brains heal from traumatic experiences?  Researchers at UC Berkeley certainly believe so.  According to ScienceDaily, researchers may have found a link between sleep and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms that may help to explain why those with PTSD struggle to overcome their experiences, long after the initial event that … Read more

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder with Compassion; “Manipulation” Reconsidered

If you are a family member or friend of someone who is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, you may or may not have some understanding of what this label means.  You also may or may not have overheard or participated in discussion, readings, or media about this very diagnostic label, and possibly gleaned from these … Read more

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER If I am aware of the traumatic event, why do I still have recurring nightmares and severe sleep problems? Won’t uncovering frightening memories just make me feel worse? Will I ever feel safe again? What the experts say: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is … Read more

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Common Questions About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Is there a difference between ADD and AD/HD? I can’t seem to get organized at home or work. Could I have AD/HD? My child has difficulty paying attention and listening. Does that mean he/she has AD/HD? Is there an effective treatment for AD/HD? Is medication the only answer? … Read more