Here you will find articles that address various emotional, physical, behavioral and spiritual symptoms that are often part of the eating disorder experience.


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Lots of words and passion but nobody's there

Rangda COLLECTIE TROPENMUSEUM Rangda tijdens een barong- en krisdans TMnr 20017895You've been in a conversation that speeds into brief passionate discourse and hurtles on to furious speech, familiar emotional agony, indignation and hurtful stalemate.  Right?  You've been in several or maybe many.  Here's what may be happening.  * info re picture below.

Eating Disorders, Climate Change and Vulnerability to Illness

Wisdom-Reid-HighsmithEating Disorders and climate change can have a powerful impact on your health.

If you have an eating disorder active or not, please pay attention to trends in illnesses. Eating disorders weaken your organs and your immune system.  Plus, mental obsessions that are symptoms of an eating disorder can block your awareness of the personal danger you may face because of illnesses like the flu or various illnesses more prevalent because of climate change.

*Picture is Wisdom. We need wisdom now.

People whose health is compromised for any reason are more likely to be susceptible to disease and can have more severe symptoms than a healthy and robust person. 

A body ravaged by an eating disorder may be an ideal place for viruses or bacteria to take root and thrive.
A mind ravaged by an eating disorder may be incapable of understanding the necessity for stepped up personal health care.

For example, the flu is dangerous, even lethal to people with existing illnesses and your eating disorder is an illness. Please look at these two articles and connect the dots. 

Flu Outbreak In 2013 Earliest, One Of The Worst In A Decade

Medical consequences of eating disorders

Remember your basic healthy care to help you be sturdy and resilient in the face of health challenges.  Do your best to subdue eating disorder thinking and behaviors so you can either prevent yourself from
getting ill or, if you become ill, have a mild experience and a speedy recovery.

  • Eat nourishing food throughout the day at regular intervals.
  • Drink eight glasses of water a day to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Sleep eight to nine hours at night.
  • Nap in the day if you are tired. 
  • Rest, i.e. take it easy.
  • Do your best to reduce stress. Laugh. Watch relaxing videos. Enjoy nature if weather permits. Create gentle fun experiences for you and your family. Pet your dog or cat.
  • Find a way to think and feel nice things about yourself.
  • And most of all, keep your awareness up.

If you have an eating disorder you are vulnerable. Take your self care seriously.

See what the Center for Disease Control has to say about flu prevention.  

Are you taking particular care of yourself?  
What can you do to help yourself be more sturdy in the face of new global health challenges?

Information Resources

Climate Change Bites

Climate Change and Infectious Disease

Climate Effects on Health

How Climate Change Could Spread Diseases Like Zika

*Wisdom, mural by Robert Lewis Reid. Second Floor, North Corridor. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C. Caption underneath reads "KNOWLEDGE COMES BVT WISDOM LINGERS". 1896

Debasement Anchors Your Eating Disorder: How this works

Courtisane au CaireIf you have an eating disorder, you often feel insecure and of little value. You are certain that the criticism you give yourself is an echo of the criticism you believe is aimed at you from others. No amount of reassurance will alter your position. Reassurance, you believe, comes from people who mean well, are trying to soothe you, don't understand the reality of your worthlessness or are trying to exploit you by making you believe you are better than you know you are.


Dangerous Sexual Liaisons

elder_mother_daughterThe Vulnerability of Women with Eating Disorders to Dangerous Sexual Liaisons is an issue I continue to address.  The Center for Healthy Sex is sponsoring my three hour class for mental health clinicians on April 7 and granting three CEUs to participants.

Age, looks or smiling faces are not indications of freedom from these dangerous liaisons just as appearance is not reliable evidence indicating the presence or absence of an eating disorder.

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