Awareness & Prevention

Anxiety: A Growing Problem in Today’s Youth

by Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Primary and Family Therapy

A recent article in the New York Times addressed the dramatic rise of anxiety in today’s youth.  In the past ten years, anxiety has replaced depression and is now the number one reason why college students seek counseling. But, the reality is, life-altering anxiety starts years before entrance into college. Across the country, high school […]

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Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ Community

by Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Primary and Family Therapy

Eating disorders have long been a component of the female population. Although these disorders manifest through the denial of food, the over-consumption of food or in other myriad ways, at the heart of every food-related illness is the inability to cope with painful emotions. Often, this disorder-inducing emotion is simple shame. A girl is ashamed […]

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Professional Athletes Speak Out About Mental Illness

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW

Mental illness is extremely prevalent throughout our country. According to estimates by the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 44 million Americans experienced some form of mental illness in 2015, which is the most recent year for available numbers. That’s nearly one in five people aged 18 or over. And yet, by and large, disorders […]

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Suicide, Perfectionism and the New School Year

by Iyad Alkhouri, MD, Assistant Medical Director

In this blog we often write about the escalating suicide rate among young people across America, and for good reason. According to new government data, the suicide rate among girls between the ages of 15 and 19 reached an all-time high in 2015 for the 40-year period beginning in 1975. This is “back-to-school” season throughout […]

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International Efforts to Stamp Out Eating Disorders

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW

Families are profoundly impacted by an eating disorder. When a daughter moves into the dangerous world of anorexia or bulimia, her parents often feel as though they are all alone in this struggle. Fortunately, as they gain in personal knowledge and reach out, parents soon discover that eating disorders have reached epidemic levels in our […]

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The Troubling Tide of Suicide and Self Harm Among Children

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

We are well aware of the escalating rate of suicide in teenage girls and young women. Today, suicide is the second leading cause of death in female adolescents and college students. However, less known, but equally critical, is the increase in child self-harm and suicide throughout our country. According to a new study, the percentage […]

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Netflix: How Many Reasons Do You Need?

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

On March 31st of this year, Netflix began streaming a series—13 Reasons Why—in which a teenage girl, Hannah Baker, commits suicide in the first episode. Each of the following one-hour segments showcases a specific student who shamelessly bullied her and ultimately contributed to Hannah’s death. The final episode graphically depicts her suicide: the meticulous planning, […]

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Alcohol Consumption: On The Rise in Older Women

by Megan Wilson, CADC, Addictions Program Coordinator

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. It was established in 1987 by the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) to help reduce the stigma of alcoholism. This time is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the problem and the importance of getting treatment for those that need it. This is an important message […]

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ARFID: A Growing Threat to Young People

by Rachael Clauson, MAAT, Eating Disorder Specialist

Throughout the United States, those in the medical and behavioral health fields are very familiar with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Due to extensive media coverage in the past several years, the public at large is also fairly knowledgeable about these food-related disorders. Recently, an eating disorder getting more attention is Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake […]

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Early Identification is Key to Saving Lives

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

A recent research study validated something that treatment professionals have always known: early identification of eating disorders is crucial; and in fact, may be key to saving young lives. According to a six-year study conducted at Newcastle University in the UK, girls and boys with more eating disorder symptoms at age nine also had a […]

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