Psychology Tips


Can You Heal From Anorexia Nervosa? Tayla’s Story

Healing from anorexia nervosa is a lifelong process for most people. In this article, Tayla describes her experience with an eating disorder – including how she recovered. Thin is Grace Bowman’s memoir of life with anorexia nervosa. An extraordinary story, it is also a common one — is there a woman in the western world who has a normal relationship […]


Types of Psychological Disorders – From Anxiety to Personality

The DSM-IV lists more than 200 mental disorders or mental illnesses in psychology, grouped under 16 categories. This summary describes the category of mental illness, and offers examples of different types of mental disorders. Anxiety Disorders People diagnosed with anxiety disorders typically struggle with either fear or anxiety as a major symptom. Examples include obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, […]


How to Know If You Have an Eating Disorder

If you obsess about what, when, and how much you eat, do you have an eating disorder? Here are a few signs of unhealthy eating habits, to help you know if you have anorexia or bulimia nervosa. These signs of anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and body dysmorphic disorder could help you recognize an eating disorder — which can then lead to […]

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Help for Depressed Teenagers

If you’re a teen struggling with depressed feelings, you need to know two things: 1) you’re not alone; and 2) depression is a treatable health issue. These tips for depressed teens will help you find ways to cope. Teenagers don’t always realize that depression can often be easily and effectively treated. Feelings of helplessness and despair are overwhelming, and can […]


How Does Anorexia Nervosa Start?

Learning how anorexia nervosa starts is one step towards effective treating this eating disorder. This information about how anorexia starts includes insight into how a person with anorexia thinks. “Currently, we don’t have very effective means of treating people with anorexia,” said Walter Kaye, MD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of California, San […]


When Your Mom Has an Eating Disorder

When you think of eating disorders such as bulima or anorexia nervosa, do you think of your mother? If you do, you’re not alone. Here’s why moms struggle with eating disorders, and what you can do to help. Perfectionism is common trait of women with eating disorders, and mothers aren’t immune! Exploring the causes, signs, and treatments of food and […]


Family Therapy for Teenagers With Anorexia Nervosa

The best treatment for teenagers struggling with anorexia nervosa is family therapy, not individual psychotherapy. Here’s why family therapy is a better treatment for a teen’s eating disorder than individual therapy is. “Family therapy” occurs when parents of teenagers with anorexia nervosa help to interrupt or treat their children’s eating disorder. Family therapy is twice as effective as individual psychotherapy […]


5 Different Types of Psychologists, Psychotherapists, and Counselors

This list of different types of psychologists, therapists, and counselors will help you choose a career in counseling. Included here are clinical psychologists, counseling psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and pastoral counselors. I’m in my first year of my MSW (Master’s of Social Work) at UBC (the University of British Columbia). My goal is to counsel people coping with chronic illness. Are […]