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20 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity and Improve Brain Health

20 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity and Improve Brain Health | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
Given that June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, let's discuss these 20 facts about brain health. You may find some good ideas for the summer!

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11 disgusting ingredients you eat every day that food companies don't talk about

11 disgusting ingredients you eat every day that food companies don't talk about | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
Guess which part of a beaver is used to make ice cream.
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Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
Kids who eat unusually large amounts of food - and feel guilty or secretive about it - could be struggling with binge eating disorder.

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Binge Eating Disorder can start early in life and continue through a lifetime.

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Dr. Mike Ferguson's curator insight, July 30, 2013 1:16 AM

Beginning to work in this area and with eating disorders. I hope you find this article helpful.

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Emotions Directly Influence Learning and Memory Processes

Emotions Directly Influence Learning and Memory Processes | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
Researchers report emotions directly influence the neurological processes associated with memory and learning.

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My take away of this study is the research seems to be piling up that  supports the concept that children will learn better in a positive environment rather than a fear or stress based environment. -Lon

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Types and Effects of Purging

Types and Effects of Purging | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
Types and effects of purging: individuals can realize the physical and mental toll it takes on a person's overall well-being. It is often beneficial for...
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We see more and more people with what we call Exercise Bulimia.

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Overeating and Weight Issues with Bipolar Disorder

Overeating and Weight Issues with Bipolar Disorder | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
“My name is Gabe Howard and I have bipolar disorder.” I start many a speech that way because it gives the audience an idea of who I am, and why I am qualified to give a speech on the subject.

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Confessions of Former Cutter

Confessions of Former Cutter | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
I never thought I would write this story. It’s something I never wanted to be made public. But I’ve recently been thinking about my journey and decided it’s time to confess to something I no longer...
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The Link Between Binge Eating and Depression

The Link Between Binge Eating and Depression | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
Binge eating disorder and depression are closely linked, but help is available.
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Learn more about Online Mindfulness Therapy for the treatment of Anxiety and Depression, Stress and PTSD, and for Addiction Counseling Online via Skype: http://www.counselingtherapyonline.com. Also visit my YouTube Channel to learn more about Online Skype Therapy: https://www.youtube.com/user/pdmstrong.

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Multitasking hunger neurons also control compulsive behaviors

Multitasking hunger neurons also control compulsive behaviors | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
In the absence of food, neurons that normally control appetite initiate complex, repetitive behaviors seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and anorexia nervosa, according to a new study...
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Candice Bergen reveals a sad reality about eating disorders

Candice Bergen reveals a sad reality about eating disorders | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
Eating disorders and disordered eating affect women of all ages—which is why it's important to get help sooner rather than later.
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Trauma and ADHD may lead women to self-harm

Trauma and ADHD may lead women to self-harm | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
Exposure to abuse, neglect, or other traumas in childhood and adolescence puts young women with ADHD at a heightened risk of self-injury, a new study shows.

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, March 5, 2015 12:42 PM

An article that talks about the overlap of between trauma and ADHD instead of talking about them as separate issues.  Issues with women in regards to this matter are significant because women express themselves internally as opposed to boys and it can manifest as self-harm.

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Poor Body Image: It's Not Just For Girls Anymore

Poor Body Image: It's Not Just For Girls Anymore | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
When my daughter was born, I was ready. I had my facts straight and knew exactly how I wanted my daughter to feel about her body. To think about her self-worth. I was prepared to wage war on negative body image. Never in a million years did it occur ...
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Most Patients Willing To Have Online Video Doctor Visits, Survey Finds

Most Patients Willing To Have Online Video Doctor Visits, Survey Finds | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it

A majority of U.S. residents are willing to use an online video for a physician visit, according to a Harris Poll survey, MobiHealthNewsreports.

The survey, which was commissioned by telehealth company American Well, collected responses from 2,019 U.S. adults ages 18 and older in December 2014.

Survey Findings

Overall, the survey found about 64% respondents were willing see a doctor via an online video consult.

Of those, 61% listed convenience as a factor.

The survey found respondents' willingness to switch to an online physician visit varied by age and the number of years they had seen their doctors (Pai, MobiHealthNews, 1/21). The survey showed:

6% of respondents who had seen their physician for at least 10 years said they would switch;8% of respondents who had seen their physician for five to nine years said they would switch;10% of respondents who had seen their physician for two to four years said they would switch;7% of respondents who had seen their physician for less than one year said they would switch (Harris Poll survey, December 2014);11% of patients ages 18 to 34 said they would switch;8% of patients ages 35 to 44 said would switch (MobiHealthNews, 1/21);5% of patient ages 45 to 54 and 55 to 64 said they would switch; and4% of patients age 65 and older said they would switch (Harris Poll survey, December 2014).

However, about 88% of respondents said they would like to select the physician for a video visit rather than be randomly assigned one


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Empathy For Other’s Pain Rooted in Cognition Rather Than Sensation

Empathy For Other’s Pain Rooted in Cognition Rather Than Sensation | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
Summary: A new study reports our ability to empathize with those in pain is grounded in cognitive neural processes rather than sensory processes.

Source: University of Colorado at Boulder.

The ability to understand and empathize with others’ pain is grounded in cognitive neural processes rather than sensory ones, according to the results of a new study led by University of Colorado Boulder researchers.

The findings show that the act of perceiving others’ pain (i.e., empathy for others’ pain) does not appear to involve the same neural circuitry as experiencing pain in one’s own body, suggesting that they are different interactions within the brain.

“The research suggests that empathy is a deliberative process that requires taking another person’s perspective rather than being an instinctive, automatic process,” said Tor Wager, the senior author of the study, director of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at CU-Boulder.

A study detailing the results was published online today in the journal eLife.

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Sensitivity to Negative Events Heightened by Previous Traumatic Experiences

Sensitivity to Negative Events Heightened by Previous Traumatic Experiences | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
Study offers new clues about how the brain processes near-death scares and other traumatic autobiographical memories.

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What is an emotion?

What is an emotion? | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
‘We spend millions trying to fix our emotions – via therapy, books, medications – yet it’s not remotely clear what we’re trying to fix’

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I wish I could always remember the last paragraph.

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Here's What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Eating

Here's What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Eating | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
What happens to your body if you go without food? After about six hours, you could start feeling "hangry" -- that's hungry and angry. Keep going for about 72 hours (or three days) and not only will your
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Restricting food or dieting causes changes in the brain.

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Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
Meditation's benefits may derive from its impact on the shape of the brain, thickening parts associated with mind-wandering, memory and compassion, and shrinking the fear center

 

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Meditation Changes the Brain
The effects of mindfulness and meditation on memory, happiness, and stress have been increasingly studied in recent years. Now, a Harvard study has found that there are specific changes in the brains of those who meditate. The study showed changes in people who meditated for 40 minutes a day for eight weeks. Find out more and watch a video with lead researcher Sara Lazar, PhD.


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I have been meditating for over 27 years and it made such a difference in my life!

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Girls as young as SIX unhappy with their bodies and are dieting

Girls as young as SIX unhappy with their bodies and are dieting | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
Researchers from Leeds Beckett University asked 301 under-nines questions about their attitude to food and how happy they were with their bodies. Despite the obesity problem, anorexia rates have risen.

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Most eating disorders start in early adolescense.

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, May 7, 2015 10:25 AM

It is unfortunate that we are growing at extremes of the spectrum: obesity and anorexia.  Very sad to read that it is striking more and more girls at such a young age.

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The Destructive Culture of Dieting

The Destructive Culture of Dieting | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
Weight problems and food addictions have become a national epidemic. At any given time, twenty five million Americans are seriously dieting. Only 1 out of every 200 ...
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The Neural Model for Food Addiction

The Neural Model for Food Addiction | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
NIDA researchers explain food addiction by showing how overeating can lead to changes in the dopamine pathways of the brain, and showing how these changes alter our ability to regulate impulses to eat
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Eating well may be the new eating disorder

Eating well may be the new eating disorder | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
It's not just about the kale.
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Orthorexia nervosa

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Anorexia, Body Image Disorder Share Brain Irregularities

Anorexia, Body Image Disorder Share Brain Irregularities | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
A new study finds that people with anorexia nervosa and with body dysmorphic disorder have similar irregularities in their brains that affect their ability to process visual information. Anorexia is characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight,...
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If a person has anorexia they REALLY do see them self as fat.

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Self-harm is not just attention-seeking: it's time to talk openly about the issue

Self-harm is not just attention-seeking: it's time to talk openly about the issue | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
There are a huge number of reasons why people choose to self-harm – and the more we discuss them, and the reasons behind them, the better, say experts in the run-up to Self-Harm Awareness Day

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The Days You Feel Beautiful and the Days You Don't

The Days You Feel Beautiful and the Days You Don't | Eating Disorders | Scoop.it
I'm embarrassed about all the time I've spent thinking about my weight. No one has ever told me I needed to lose any. Doctors mark my weight "average," and aside from a few middle school incidents, friends, family, and strangers have been positive about my body. But I'm not always happy with my appearance. Although I strongly believe in accepting all bodies and am grateful to be healthy, I have spent much of my life wishing I were thinner.
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