When I was researching to write this article, I found a piece entitled Fifteen years of bulimia, then came the miracle of CBT. The article told the story of a woman who had "seen the light" through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and linked to the clinic where she had been treated in Spain. While CBT may be the most effective treatment for bulimia nervosa (BN), this type of -- most certainly paid -- advertising only does the treatment a poor service.
We have all seen it before on reality television -- mound and mounds of rotten foods, unsalvageable trinkets, and even cat poop fill every nook and cranny of what was once a livable space. As we cover our mouths in disgust, we cannot help but shake our heads at the homeowners' uncontrollable hoarding habits. Suddenly, you remember your own oddball collection of rare porcelain statues, used notebooks, or whatever your fetish of the month is and wonder: how do you know when you have crossed the line from savvy collector to obsessive hoarder? Are you suffering from a type of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or even, a new hoarding disorder (HD) in itself?
Though we are of the same species and in some ways alike, women and men are uniquely different. In this article, I highlight some of the key qualities of this “differentness” as it directly relates to clinical care in behavioral health. One of my most popular trainings is the one on “Brain Sex” which focuses in depth on these ideas.
Mental health problems often begin in adolescence and young adulthood and can lead to poor academic performance, social dysfunction, substance abuse and suicide. Therefore, early intervention is essential. However, detection and management of mental health disorders, especially among young people, is challenging due to many patient- and physician-related barriers. Now, physicians are turning to technology to help diagnose and treat mental health disorders; young people can now use a mobile phone-based program to monitor mood, stress, and daily activities.
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