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?
Dissociation is a common defense and coping mechanism people use when confronted with trauma or overwhelming stress. Dissociation can be utilized as a healthy coping strategy, however when overused, it can create a fissure in one’s identity. There are several dissociative disorders recognized by the American Psychiatric Association including dissociative amnesia, dissociative fugue, depersonalization disorder, … Continue reading When the Brain Fissures
“Amphetamines and Barbiturates: The Up(per)s and Down(er)s of a Legend” “Smile though your heart is aching. Smile even though it’s breaking…” Judy Garland’s heart was indeed broken for most of her regrettably short life; but if anyone knew how to smile through pain, it was little “Baby” Gumm. Already a sensation by the age of … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of Judy Garland