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Feelings and emotions can be really tricky, can't they?
Feelings and emotions can be really tricky. Sometimes we feel one
'big' emotion, and at other times it can seem like we feel lots of
different, often conflicting emotions all at the one time.
Similarly, some feelings and emotions can be a bit easier to cope with
than others. Sometimes we try to avoid 'feeling' feelings and do other
things to help us cope with emotions. Often the things we do to help us
cope with emotions we find difficult, distressful or hard to cope with
are unhelpful or unhealthy (e.g. eating,
smoking, drinking, self-harm, aggression etc.) and can end up causing
us more problems over the long-term.
The picture below illustrates that there are loads of different
emotions too, some of which you may or may not be aware of. Emotions are
tricky aren't they?
If you are finding coping with emotions
difficult or you would like to talk over how you are feeling with a
EXCESSIVE, OBSESSIVE OR COMPULSIVE EXERCISE Excessive or compulsive exercising is an often overlooked component of eating disorders/disordered eating. That said, I have met people who experience obsessive or compulsive exercising but who don't experience an eating disorder/disordered eating. Whatever the case might be, while we are frequently told how good exercise is for our health and wellbeing, like many other things, 'too much' exercise or exercising in an obsessive or compulsive way can be unhealthy and even cause physical and mental health problems in the long term. Whether you wish to call it overexercising, obsessive exercise or compulsive exercise, many people do struggle with symptoms associated with this. If you are concerned about your or a loved one's relationship with exercise, please speak with a professional. One of our therapists has a special interest in overexercise/compulsive/obsessive exercise and has worked with many clients/patients in various sett…
Your mission for today should you choose to accept it: SMILE!
Start off today with a smile. Not only will in help you feel instantly
better, but lets you get off to a good start in the day. Even when you
don't feel like smiling, smile anyway because there are many benefits
associated with smiling, including: 1. Smiling lowers stress and anxiety. 2. Smiling strengthens your immune system. 3. It gives you a glow and warmth, meaning people will smile back at you. 4. Smiling is contagious (even seen a wee baby smile or laugh and found yourself smiling and laughing too?) 5. Smiling releases endorphins. 6. Smiling will make you more comfortable. 7. It can boost your mood. 8. Smiling can lower your heart rate. 9. It can encourage trust and empathy. 10. Smiling can reduce pain. 11. Smiling can increase productivity.
These are just a few benefits of smiling, but there are many more.
FINDING CHANGE, PROGRESS, TRANSITIONS AND/OR RECOVERY TRICKY? Well, that's because it is. Do you want change to happen, but maybe, at the same time, you don't want anything to change? Maybe change seems daunting or scary. Perhaps you feel ambivalent about change? Change is not that simple, as I'm sure you already know. Here's a little exercise to get you started As many of you will know, change can be frightening, daunting and something we might want and not want at the same time. This is natural and understandable; after all, you the problem or concern you are struggling with (e.g. eating disorder, anxiety, worry, stress, low mood, etc.) has 'helped' you in some way, albeit in an unhealthy and unhelpful way. It's probably become your safety net, safe haven, comfort blanket; so to change can be anxiety-provoking and scary. Change is necessary though, in small steps, at YOUR pace (not someone else's) and with small changes that are challenging but not so cha…
Big thanks to Zurich Insurance in Glasgow today for welcoming us here at Talking EDs and showing interest in eating disorders.
We delivered a myth-busting workshop, 'Dispelling Myths and
Stereotypes: What are Eating Disorders?' and happy to help some more
people understand what eating disorders are and are not. Let's hope they
pass on their myth-busting too!
Thanks again Zurich. Lovely offices too! Alexandra :-)
BODY IMAGE AND BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER As we said yesterday, this week in Mental Health Awareness Week 2019. This is a national awareness week and the theme this year is Body Image. See Monday's post to see what we are doing this week. We will also be posting everyday this week on Facebook, Twitter and the blog about Body Image and BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder). Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), or body dysmorphia, is a mental health condition related to Body Image where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. These flaws are often unnoticeable to others. People of any age can have BDD and it affects anyone of any gender or sex. Having BDD does not mean you are vain or self-obsessed. It can be very upsetting and have a big impact on your life. Low mood, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, stress, trauma, self-harm and eating disorders are some of the other conditions that can co-occur with BDD. Some of the symptoms of BDD include: * worrying a lot about a sp…
Today is the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week 2019. This is a national awareness week and the theme this year is Body Image. We are doing a few things this week to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, including: * Providing our usual psychotherapy, CBT and counselling sessions to our clients;* Providing some free drop-in therapy/counselling sessions throughout the week;* Launching our new partner website later this week (anxiety and depression specific);* we have two new therapists start working with is from this week so that we can provide more help, support, therapy and counselling to more people in Glasgow and surrounding areas too (many of our clients come from quite far to access our services);* Body image support group session;* Our Director is presenting a workshop on eating disorder myths and stereotypes at the Zurich Insurance offices in Glasgow on Friday;* We will be posting various body image posts in our various Facebook and Twitter accounts and on our blog page. L…
Stop the Weight Game in Diagnosing Eating Disorders
So many of my psychotherapy clients, people who have attended the ED
support group and social clubs, those who have attended consultations,
those who I have chatted to in focus groups and those I have met in many
other situations regarding eating disorders have told me how they have
been denied access to help and support because of weight, not looking a
certain way or not looking ill enough.
I have been in the field of eating disorders since 2001 when I was initially a researcher
in psychology and, sadly, little has changed since then. Certain
services still base access to help and support on the individual's
This can be
dangerous: a ‘controllable’ range of behaviours can very easily turn
into a serious illness with devastating consequences.
Talking EDs is a private practice, I am proud to say we never ever
discriminate access to services based on someone's weight or how ill
they might or might not…
Evidence suggests that the sooner you get help and support, the more
likely it is you will get better and reduce or improve anxiety
So, when you begin reducing and managing anxiety, you also begin taking
care of your physical health, feelings, mental health, relationships,
social life and many other aspects of your life. So, the sooner you seek
help and support, the sooner you improve your quality of life.
ANXIETY: there are many forms of anxiety including:
* Everyday Stress * Everyday Anxiety * Generalised Anxiety * Social Anxiety/Social Phobia * Panic Disorder/Panic Attacks * Specific Phobias/Phobias * PTSD * Existential Anxiety/Angst * Obsessive Compulsive Disorder * Pure O * Body Dysmorphic Disorder * Trichotillomania/Dermatillomania
Some people will experience a few of the above anxiety conditions above
at the same time or will experience experience a range of signs and
symptoms from various anxiety conditions. Everyone's experience…
The term ‘anorexia nervosa’ is itself misleading and generally considered a misnomer.
‘Anorexia’ implies the individual has lost all interest in food, never
hungry and has no appetite. Yet, this is rarely the case. The
opposite is more accurate of anorexia.
The person experiencing
anorexia is not only very interested in food and frequently very hungry,
but as weight continues to decrease and the person reaches low-weight
stages AN, his/her preoccupation and obsession with food becomes
Nevertheless, the person will do everything in
their power to deny and ignore these feelings & sensations & not
permit him/herself to eat. This is a particularly important
characteristic of AN, along with the individual’s attempt to strictly
control food and eating, with great time & effort. The
question of ‘what is Anorexia Nervosa?’ is a difficult one to answer
given particularly complex & multidimensional nature of the il…