It can be defined as a body-image disorder, where an individual has persistent and intrusive thoughts and/or preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in their appearance. Typical areas of distress are hair, skin coloring, nose shape, chest, and stomach. Any area can be distorted with someone who has BDD. Typically, the area of focus is not distorted, it is a perceived defect, or there is a slight imperfection.
Everyone has anxiety from time to time, but chronic anxiety can interfere with your quality of life. While perhaps most recognized for behavioral changes, anxiety can also have serious consequences on your physical health.
OCD and Perfectionism: So, what is the difference?
Do you ever find yourself worrying about whether you’ve locked the front door? Did you turn the oven off? Did you double-check that the heating was off before you left the house this morning? If you find yourself asking these questions, then the likelihood is that you’re a completely rational and logical person – possibly even a perfectionist. But, you probably don’t have OCD.
Stress: Identifying Symptoms and How You Can Manage It
The last two weeks I have written about eating disorders so this week I wanted to talk about another important issue that all of us deal with from time to time: stress. I want to use this week’s blog to talk about the types of stress we encounter, the symptoms of stress, and some healthy living activities that can help manage it.
In our technology driven society it is difficult for teens to feel like they have any downtime to decompress in an already stressful time in their lives. With stiff competition to get into college, friendships and relationships to balance, changes in their bodies, social media pressures, and home life issues, many teens are feeling an immense amount of pressure without realizing the impact it has on their physical and mental well-being.
There will undoubtedly be times when things won’t go your way. There will, in fact, be times when other people will do certain things that go against your values or simply don’t live up to your personal standards or expectations. And there will certainly be moments when the unexpected will happen — catching you off-guard and stirring your emotions.
Coping with the death of someone you care about may be one of the hardest challenges you face, and not just in terms of your emotional health. The fact is, grief can negatively affect your physical health as well. Here are 5 ways grieving can affect you emotionally and physically—and tips for working with your healthcare provider to manage any symptoms that you may have.
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