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Eating disorders are about so much more than food. Sexuality, social behaviour, and family dynamic can all become intimately entangled with the disordered behaviour. In order to best manage a patient with an #eating #disorder, health care professionals involved in their care should be cognizant of many facets of life that will be affected or subject to change during #recovery that are often overlooked or not considered.
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She knows first-hand what it is like to live mental illness and the struggle to explain to others what it is like. In 12 powerful images, photographer Katie Crawford shows what it is like living with general anxiety disorder and depression. Follow this link for the full set of images.
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For all the new moms or future moms out there, a new study has found that mothers who regularly take time for themselves during the first few months after childbirth have a lower risk of developing postnatal depression.
"The prevalence of depressive symptoms steadily decreased as the frequency of time for self increased. The lowest prevalence of depression was 6% in women who had time for themselves once a week or more. Compared to women who had personal time at least once a week, women who never had personal time were three times more likely to experience depression in the postnatal period."
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Rowan Blanchard is the 14 year old star of widely popular teen show Girl meets World and naturally has many teenage fans as a result. Recently she has used that fame to post an instagram post on her struggles with depression. She writes, "I learned this year that happiness and sadness are not mutually exclusive...As I found myself, this year in particular, going through ups and downs with depression, I realized that instead of rejecting and ostracizing these teenage feelings (human feelings), I can learn to love the intensity of them and know that everything is momentary."
For more information visit: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/rowan-blanchard-depression-instagram
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In this must read article for med students, residents and physicians alike, a surgeon describes her experience with developing burnout and depression on the job, and the immense difficulties she faced in trying to recover while working and even in taking a leave of absence from her job. More so though, the anonymous surgeon calls for all of us in the medical field to remember that we are human and that we need to care for ourselves first before we have the ability to care for our patients.
"The result of burnout is depression. Mine was a deep, dark hole that sucked all the life out of me. I wanted, more than anything, to feel again — joy, sadness, anger, anything. I couldn’t look after myself. And, I certainly couldn’t look after patients. But, that was what I was forced to do. I told my chief of staff I was struggling and needed time off. They told me they would try to find a locum to cover my on-call responsibilities.
But, in the meantime, I was to carry on. Despite medications, my depression continued and worsened. It was exacerbated by work...
I am pleased to see the increasing awareness of physician burnout and availability of resiliency training. But, it’s not enough. It’s time to change physician work hours, so we have time to recover from the stress and emotional trauma. It’s time to trust our colleagues to look after our patients evenings and weekends when we’re not on call. And, it’s time to applaud physicians that don’t go to work when they are sick and build a system with enough human resources to fill in the gaps. Greater manpower makes it easier to fill in the gaps when those left behind aren’t already exhausted themselves. Working exhausted and stressed to a breaking point is unacceptable. It’s not just us that suffer. It’s our families, our friends, and our patients."
For the full article, click here: http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2016/01/surgeon-loves-job-killing.html
A new class of #eating #disorder may be on the horizon.
An increasing dependence upon fitness supplements (such as Whey protein, creatine, etc.), has lead researchers at the American Psychological Association to consider classifying a new branch of disordered eating involving those whose excessive use of these #dietary #supplements, in order to achieve an idealized physique, is a behavioural concern.
With that, it’s important to remember that eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes, and don’t discriminate by gender, age, or race!
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What are the #top10 changes in #psychiatry since 1945? Psychiatric Times has compiled a list based on three years of questioning experts in the field. Interestingly, the opinions differed greatly depending on the age of the respondent with older individuals valuing more remote changes in psychiatry while younger practitioners valued more recent changes. What do you think of this Top 10 list? What are other changes that you think are noteworthy that are missing from this list and what should be our goals to add to this list in the future?
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