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The Link between Childhood Sexual Abuse and Obesity

Could there be a connection between sexual abuse and food addiction? According to a 2013 report, there is a real possibility. Women who had experienced physical or sexual abuse before the age of 18 were almost twice as likely to have a food addiction compared to women without a history of childhood abuse. These issues . . . . Continue Reading


Why Women Stay: Understanding Battered Woman Syndrome

The term “battered woman syndrome” applies to any woman who has lived through at least two cycles of abuse from a partner. Often, people are left wondering: why did they stay? However, the reasons are complex and vary from woman to woman. Women in abusive relationships often stay because they are afraid to leave. In . . . . Continue Reading


Creativity, Mental Illness, and Addiction: What’s the Connection?

Creative people sometimes worry that their spark will go away if they seek chemical help for their depression and anxiety. Are you a creative person? Does this sound like you? After all, it is often emotions that drive the creative endeavors we engage in. What happens when that spark is diminished? The Connection between Mental . . . . Continue Reading


Gov. Chris Christie Debuts Television Ad To Raise Awareness of Opioid Crisis

The news up north regarding the opioid crisis is continually frightening. New Jersey’s numbers continue to concern residents. As a response, Gov. Chris Christie is doing everything possible to highlight new addiction services in the state of New Jersey. The ad campaign will help promote the telephone hotline, 1-844-REACH-NJ and a website, www.reachnj.gov, that Christie . . . . Continue Reading


Researchers Discover a Gamblers’ Brain Resembles a Drug Addict’s Brain

Think gambling addiction is totally different from drug addiction? Think again. Turns out the same brain circuits that drive drug addiction have been shown in compulsive gamblers, research reveals. In a recent study, scientists identified two brain areas that were highly active in gamblers when they felt the urge to make a bet or spin . . . . Continue Reading


Could a Sleep Disorder Drug Treat Food Addiction?

Now that the holidays are over, most of us are probably seeing the after effects of huge holiday meals and sugar cookies. Those with food addictions have it the hardest during the holiday season with temptation at an all-time high.  There is some hope, though. A sleep disorder pill could turn everything around for the . . . . Continue Reading


5 Helpful Holiday Tips for Emotional Overeaters

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It is a time for gratitude, and togetherness, but it is also a time for food. For those who struggle with emotional overeating, the holidays can be especially challenging. Feelings of stress and anxiety come into play while preparing meals and shopping for gifts. However, you do not have . . . . Continue Reading


Binge Eating Disorder: Hope’s Story of Recovery

When we think of the word “self-harm,” most of us do not think about what we put into our bodies. However, eating choices play a significant role in self-love and self-care. What we choose to put into our bodies is often a direct reflection of how we feel inside. Eating disorders affect 20 million women . . . . Continue Reading


Amanda Seyfried On OCD & Mental Illness: ‘If You Can Treat It, You Treat It’

Last night while skimming through social media, I discovered one of my favorite actresses Amanda Seyfried was trending.  Curious, I clicked on Seyfried name and was pleasantly surprised to see Seyfried coming forward about her mental health struggles in an effort to reduce the stigmas surrounding mental illness. Even if you are not a huge . . . . Continue Reading


A New Approach to Binge Eating Disorder Treatment?

Do you struggle with binge eating? Don’t worry. You are not alone.  It is estimated that compulsive binge eating affects approximately 15 million people in the United States. Because of these startling numbers, we are always looking at different kinds of studies that explore treatment for binge eaters.  Now, a new treatment may help compulsive . . . . Continue Reading