Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy techniques are a vital part of successful nutritional counseling. There are numerous techniques divided into three main categories: behavioral techniques, cognitive restructuring techniques, and psychoeducational techniques. Imagery and role-playing are forms of behavioral techniques. Both of these techniques are used to help clients imagine the possible outcomes of a difficult situation and their … Continue reading Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

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Psychodynamic Theory

The psychodynamic approach to psychology is rooted in the work of Sigmund Freud and emphasizes the importance of one's past experiences on the present self-concept and idea of the future self.  Sigmund Freud's psychodynamic theory was based largely on sexual dysfunction and the effects of suppressed childhood trauma on adult sexuality.  Although much of Freud's … Continue reading Psychodynamic Theory

Operant Conditioning

Behaviorist learning theory focuses on human behavior without consideration of any internal mental processes.  Behaviorists like John Watson and B.F. Skinner expanded the work of Ivan Pavlov and classical conditioning to apply conditioning to active learning principles.  Operant conditioning is defined as learning through the consequences of one’s own actions and behaviors and uses the … Continue reading Operant Conditioning

Vitamin C and Bipolar Disorder

Oxidative stress to the cells of the human body has the potential for numerous, potentially deadly, consequences including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, renal disease, irritable bowel disease, and bipolar disorder (NIST, 2013). Antioxidants, such as copper, zinc, selenium, amino acids and vitamins A, C, and E, act to negate the harmful effects of free radical … Continue reading Vitamin C and Bipolar Disorder

What’s eating you?

Eating disorders are overwhelmingly misunderstood by the general population, and even many medical professionals.  The American Psychiatric Association has established criteria for three separate eating disorders as of the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) (DSM-IV-TR, 2000).  Each disease … Continue reading What’s eating you?