The obsessive thoughts about weight and thinness that seem to take over every living, breathing moment, the unrelenting quest for perfection, and the need for control and at times feeling out of control, are some of the few characteristics of having an eating disorder.
Anxiety disorders can be some of the most paralyzing disorders that are becoming more and more a problem in today’s busy world. The constant worry thoughts about the past and the future keep people stuck from really enjoying life and being present in each moment.
Depression can be one of the most emotionally and physically painful experiences that many people do not fully understand. Sometimes it can feel like an overwhelming cloud of sadness that has come over for no apparent reason, or at times it has started after the loss of a loved one or a relationship.
Self-harm is one of the most misunderstood, yet increasingly common behaviors that people engage in to help cope with their emotional pain. Many times self-harm is a behavior linked with another disorder, such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.
While substance abuse is more widely known and talked about in today’s culture, the underlying causes of substance abuse are often misunderstood and not discussed. People are more and more using drugs and alcohol to deal with life’s stressors and painful emotions.