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March 15th, 2020

New Legislation Offers Support to First Responders with PTSD

Recent legislation passed by the Ohio House of Representatives provides significant support for first responders experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Research Shows Small Amounts of Activity Can Thwart Teen Depression

Research Shows Small Amounts of Activity Can Thwart Teen DepressionMar 15th, 2020

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We all know that sitting increases the risk of chronic illness like heart disease and obesity. Still, new research is linking sedentary behavior in teens with increases in depression later in life. The study shows that young people who are inactive for large portions of the day face a higher risk of depression by age 18. 

Mental Health Professionals Speak out on Coronavirus

Mental Health Professionals Speak out on CoronavirusMar 15th, 2020

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We are living in uncertain times, and not just with the coronavirus; changes in the stock market, school and sports closures, shocking news headlines, and widespread social distancing are all contributing to global stress and anxiety.

Optimal Arousal Theory: The Power of Motivation 

Optimal Arousal Theory: The Power of Motivation Mar 11th, 2020

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Whether we’re talking about training for sports, going to the gym, or other activities in life, most of us face a lot of inconsistency. 

The Relationship Between Mental Health and Cannabis Use in Pregnancy

The Relationship Between Mental Health and Cannabis Use in PregnancyMar 8th, 2020

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Nearly 100 million Americans have reported using cannabis at least one time during their lifetimes, and research shows that domestic cannabis production has increased by a tenfold within the past 25 years.

10 Questions to Ask a New Therapist

10 Questions to Ask a New TherapistMar 8th, 2020

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Finding the right therapist can be challenging, scary, and frustrating. The process of getting connected to therapy involves complicated information about insurance, long wait times, as well as the anxiety of being vulnerable with a complete stranger. Although you may be tempted to settle in with the first provider with whom you meet, it is very important to ensure that this provider is the correct fit. 

What Are the Dangers of EMDR Therapy?

What Are the Dangers of EMDR Therapy?Mar 4th, 2020

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When you think of trauma and therapy, you probably don’t immediately think of eye movements. But, if you’ve done any search for trauma treatment, you’ve probably seen “EMDR” and eye movement mentioned quite a bit. You’ve probably found lots of claims, lots of praise, plenty of practitioners and even some warnings. 

One Major Retailer Is Stepping Up To Promote Mental Health Awareness

One Major Retailer Is Stepping Up To Promote Mental Health AwarenessMar 1st, 2020

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Saks Fifth Avenue reveals a new window to break down the stigma of mental health.

How To Stop Obsessive Thoughts

How To Stop Obsessive ThoughtsMar 1st, 2020

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Everyone experiences strange or unwanted thoughts from time to time. However, obsessive thoughts are far more persistent and cumbersome than daily mental clutter.

Funding For The Opioid Crisis Needs To Focus On More Than Treatment

Funding For The Opioid Crisis Needs To Focus On More Than TreatmentMar 1st, 2020

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In 2018, 128 people in the United States died every day from overdosing on opioids like prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetics like fentanyl.

New Study Connects Childhood Experiences with Dementia

New Study Connects Childhood Experiences with DementiaMar 1st, 2020

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New research suggests that difficult experiences during childhood may increase one’s risk of developing dementia. 

Women Need Their Own Treatment: How One Mental Health Facility Is Taking a Stand

Women Need Their Own Treatment: How One Mental Health Facility Is Taking a StandMar 1st, 2020

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A new behavioral unit for women is opening in Colorado. This unit is for women, run by women, and designed for women. It’s one of the first of its kind in the nation, and it will ideally encourage other facilities to start a new wave of healthcare.

What we Should Be Focusing on After The Harvey Weinstein Case

What we Should Be Focusing on After The Harvey Weinstein CaseMar 1st, 2020

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Sexual harassment in the workplace is not a new phenomenon in our modern culture, but as the stories of the women who recently came forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein and other Hollywood stars of sexual misconduct and rape, we’ve learned that sexual harassment can wreak havoc on its victims, and cause not only mental health issues but physical effects as well.

What Are the 4 Types of OCD?

What Are the 4 Types of OCD?Feb 26th, 2020

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The four dimensions (or types), of OCD include; contamination, perfection, doubt/harm, and forbidden thoughts. Scroll toward the middle of the article to get more information on each type of OCD.

Don't Ask "How to Handle Someone with BPD"

Don't Ask "How to Handle Someone with BPD"Feb 23rd, 2020

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Nearly two thousand people a month conduct an online search for "how to handle someone with borderline personality disorder."

Is Psilocybin The Answer For Treating Mental Health Concerns In Cancer Patients?

Is Psilocybin The Answer For Treating Mental Health Concerns In Cancer Patients?Feb 23rd, 2020

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Nearly 40% of all Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime.

New Legislation Calls for “Student Mental Health Days”

New Legislation Calls for “Student Mental Health Days”Feb 23rd, 2020

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New legislation in Illinois proposes the use of excused absences for students experiencing mental health concerns. 

Education Proves to be Critical in Medication Adherence in ADHD Patients 

Education Proves to be Critical in Medication Adherence in ADHD Patients Feb 23rd, 2020

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 9.4% of U.S. children (6.1 million) between 2 to 17 years of age have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at some point in their life.

New Research Shows Promise For Potential New Alzheimer’s Disease Treatments

New Research Shows Promise For Potential New Alzheimer’s Disease TreatmentsFeb 23rd, 2020

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A research team from Columbia University has pioneered new uses of two robust technologies, which has allowed them to identify new ways of diagnosing and treating neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

How a Simple Audio Simulation Can Help Us Understand Schizophrenia

How a Simple Audio Simulation Can Help Us Understand SchizophreniaFeb 23rd, 2020

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We’ve all probably heard a few voices in our heads from time to time, or have joked about hearing a voice in our heads.

New Research Begins to Clarify the Psychological Consequences of Video Games

New Research Begins to Clarify the Psychological Consequences of Video GamesFeb 23rd, 2020

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The impact of video games on individuals’ mental health is a controversial topic; however, recent research has started to provide answers.

DMDD VS ODD: Your [Quick and Easy] Parenting Guide

DMDD VS ODD: Your [Quick and Easy] Parenting GuideFeb 19th, 2020

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Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) are two childhood mental health disorders that can interfere with a child’s mood, functioning, and relationships. While both conditions are treatable, loved ones must understand the development, risk factors, and recovery options.

Which Fruits and Vegetables Related to Decreased Risk for Alzheimer’s?

Which Fruits and Vegetables Related to Decreased Risk for Alzheimer’s?Feb 16th, 2020

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New research suggests that consuming fruits and vegetables may play an important role in reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

The Drug-Schizophrenia Connection: New Research That Might Surprise You

The Drug-Schizophrenia Connection: New Research That Might Surprise YouFeb 16th, 2020

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Substance-induced psychosis (commonly referred to as drug-induced psychosis) is relatively common and accounts for about a quarter of first-time hospitalizations for psychosis.

More People Are Seeking Hospital Care For Suicidal Ideation

More People Are Seeking Hospital Care For Suicidal IdeationFeb 16th, 2020

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Better Targeted Public Health Response To Suicidal Ideation Needed

How Digital Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Supports Pregnant Women

How Digital Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Supports Pregnant WomenFeb 16th, 2020

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While pregnancy can be undoubtedly exciting, many women experience a variety of physical and emotional issues during this time.

The Next Generation Workplace Prioritizes Mental Health

The Next Generation Workplace Prioritizes Mental HealthFeb 16th, 2020

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Mental health is something we all have, just like our physical health.

How Workplace Mental Health Affects the Bottom Line

How Workplace Mental Health Affects the Bottom LineFeb 16th, 2020

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Whether you call it workplace stress or workplace burnout, today’s workforce is suffering from more anxiety and depression than ever before.

New Treatment Guidelines for ADHD: What You Need to Know

New Treatment Guidelines for ADHD: What You Need to KnowFeb 15th, 2020

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Experts suggest that psychosocial interventions are a necessary component in the treatment and management of complex attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 

Understanding Childhood Trauma and Its Impacts on Adulthood

Understanding Childhood Trauma and Its Impacts on AdulthoodFeb 12th, 2020

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Most of us define trauma as a bodily injury or a mental shock. There may be different types of trauma that occur to a person in his or her lifetime and these occurrences can have psychological impacts for years to come.

Seven Things A Therapist Should Never Do

Seven Things A Therapist Should Never DoFeb 9th, 2020

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A good therapist can improve the lives of their clients in many ways.

Survey Suggests Party-Goers Find These Three Experiences Most Anxiety-Inducing

Survey Suggests Party-Goers Find These Three Experiences Most Anxiety-InducingFeb 8th, 2020

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Participants in a recent study ranked three experiences as the most anxiety-inducing while attending a social gathering:

New Study on Inflammation and Mental Health

New Study on Inflammation and Mental HealthFeb 8th, 2020

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A mainstay of alternative and holistic approaches, the mind-body connection is steadily making its way into mainstream healthcare. Inflammation is taking center stage.

New Research Into Drug Treatments For Schizophrenia Shows Promise

New Research Into Drug Treatments For Schizophrenia Shows PromiseFeb 8th, 2020

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Schizophrenia, one of the most misunderstood psychiatric diagnoses, is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects people in the way they feel, think, act, and relate to others.

Personality Disorder in a Parent Can Cause Anxiety and Depression in Their Children

Personality Disorder in a Parent Can Cause Anxiety and Depression in Their ChildrenFeb 8th, 2020

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There are millions of people around the world who suffer from personality disorders (PD), but little is known about how a parent who suffers from PD affects a child in their care.

Psychological Impact of Discrimination Experienced by Black Teens

Psychological Impact of Discrimination Experienced by Black Teens Feb 8th, 2020

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New research offers important insight into the experiences of racial discrimination endured by black adolescents in America. 

Bipolar Disorder & PTSD: New Research Sheds Light on This Distressing Combination 

Bipolar Disorder & PTSD: New Research Sheds Light on This Distressing Combination Feb 8th, 2020

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New findings suggest that comprehensive evaluations and treatments for individuals living with bipolar disorder are more important than ever.

Do I Have ADHD – or Am I Just Lazy?

Do I Have ADHD – or Am I Just Lazy?Feb 5th, 2020

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ADHD stands for attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder, and it’s thought to affect anywhere from two to 11 percent of the population. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact number as the condition is likely underdiagnosed, leaving many people asking, "do I have ADHD or am I just lazy?"

How a Fake Rubber Hand Illusion Can Help OCD Patients

How a Fake Rubber Hand Illusion Can Help OCD PatientsFeb 2nd, 2020

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Those living with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) may have another treatment option at their disposal.

DBT for Borderline Personality Disorder

DBT for Borderline Personality DisorderFeb 2nd, 2020

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It is estimated that one to two percent of the population is living with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Fortunately, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) can be an effective therapy option.

Recent Research Shows Significant Rise in Adult ADHD: Why Is This Happening?

Recent Research Shows Significant Rise in Adult ADHD: Why Is This Happening?Feb 2nd, 2020

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Rates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder(ADHD) diagnosis are increasing four times faster in adults than children.

Two Little Known Conditions That Cause Public Restroom Terrors

Two Little Known Conditions That Cause Public Restroom TerrorsFeb 2nd, 2020

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Having the occasional shy bladder in public restrooms happens from time to time and is often dismissed as juvenile, but for a small group of people, using public restrooms can be a significant source of anxiety and have life-changing consequences. 

Narcissism in Company Leaders

Narcissism in Company LeadersFeb 2nd, 2020

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Organizations want and need effective leaders to navigate change and create sustainable success. But how does the person lead without creating a toxic environment that drives employees away?

Women With PCOS Are 8x More Likely To Develop Bipolar Disorder

Women With PCOS Are 8x More Likely To Develop Bipolar DisorderFeb 2nd, 2020

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Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental illness that impacts over 2 million Americans or approximately 1% of the total population.

New Study Illuminates the Significant Psychological Impact of Early Pregnancy Loss

New Study Illuminates the Significant Psychological Impact of Early Pregnancy LossFeb 2nd, 2020

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Early pregnancy loss may lead women to develop long-term clinically significant psychological distress, suggesting that specialized psychological care and support is crucial for this population.  

Can a Narcissist Change?

Can a Narcissist Change? Jan 29th, 2020

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Although it is possible for a narcissist to change, the likeliness of that happening is low.

Factitious Disorder Imposed on Self & Factitious Disorder on Another

Factitious Disorder Imposed on Self & Factitious Disorder on AnotherJan 26th, 2020

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It's one of the most challenging disorders to diagnose and even more difficult to successfully treat.

3 Strengths of an Introvert

3 Strengths of an IntrovertJan 22nd, 2020

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Do introverts or an extroverts experience more happiness? Due to societal pressures and norms, many would assume that extroverts experience a higher quality of life.

Navigating Narcissism in Family, Friends & the Workplace

Navigating Narcissism in Family, Friends & the WorkplaceJan 19th, 2020

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According to licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Ramani Durvasula, narcissism and narcissistic behavior has created a public health crisis. Being consistently invalidated and manipulated can cause someone to become a shell of the person they once were and prevent them from living the life they want and deserve.

Road Rage: The Causes & Prevention Strategies

Road Rage: The Causes & Prevention StrategiesJan 15th, 2020

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Most of us are no stranger to occasional “road rage.” There are extreme examples of violence and assaults on the roads that may end up in the courts, hospitals, and even the media, but more and more frequently drivers are tending to get angry and aggressive. 

Happier Thoughts Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Happier Thoughts Through Cognitive Behavioral TherapyJan 12th, 2020

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind your difficulties, and so change the way you feel.

Porn Addiction: Causes, Side Effects, & Solutions

Porn Addiction: Causes, Side Effects, & SolutionsJan 9th, 2020

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Pornography addiction is an addiction model of compulsive sexual activity with concurrent use of pornographic material, despite the side effects to one’s physical, mental, social, or financial well-being.

Stop Blaming Mental Illness For Violent Crimes

Stop Blaming Mental Illness For Violent CrimesJan 6th, 2020

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Despite double-digit percentage decreases of violent and property crime rates in the U.S. since 2008, most people believe that crime has actually gotten worse during that span, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

Mental Health Access in Rural America  

Mental Health Access in Rural America  Dec 29th, 2019

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How can people living in rural areas of the country access information that can help them with mental health issues? Mental health disorders do not discriminate from one locale to another. There is a significant need for mental health services in rural America.

Being Happy & Why Happiness Matters

Being Happy & Why Happiness MattersDec 27th, 2019

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The other day I was asked why I looked so youthful. (I am sure this person was trying to sell me something). My immediate reply was “because I am happy.”

The Mind-Body Connection

The Mind-Body ConnectionDec 25th, 2019

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Our minds are all about our mental processes, thoughts and consciousness. Our body is about the physical aspects of ourselves. The mind-body connection is about how these two interact.

Can Schizophrenia be Cured?

Can Schizophrenia be Cured?Dec 22nd, 2019

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It's a simple question with a much more complex answer. In short, no, schizophrenia can not be cured fully. However, schizophrenia can be successfully treated and there is promising research we will discuss in this article.

PTSD 101: Causes & Treatments

PTSD 101: Causes & TreatmentsDec 18th, 2019

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Post-traumatic stress disorder, or "PTSD," is a condition that can happen after people see or live through a trauma.

The 5 Stages of Hoarding

The 5 Stages of HoardingDec 15th, 2019

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People with a hoarding disorder (HD) excessively save items that others may view as worthless. They have persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions. This leads to clutter that disrupts their ability to use their living or work spaces.

CBT vs DBT

CBT vs DBTDec 11th, 2019

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Behavioral Therapy is an umbrella term for types of therapy that treat mental health disorders. There are two behavioral therapies that are in the forefront of treatment today - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

IVF and the Link to Depression

IVF and the Link to DepressionDec 8th, 2019

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Infertility is a prevalent problem for couples looking to start families. Plus, regardless of how an individual or couple is bringing a child into this world, there can be major mental health concerns that should be understood.

Ketamine Infusion: A Solution for Treatment Resistant Depression?

Ketamine Infusion: A Solution for Treatment Resistant Depression? Dec 1st, 2019

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Before there were clinical ketamine infusions to treat depression (more on that later), ketamine was a popular party drug. If you were a participant in raves, or clubs in the 80s and 90s, you probably heard of the drug ketamine. It was a drug that was often used and abused in the club scene.

Schizophrenia & Mental Health: It's Time We Talk to the Experts

Schizophrenia & Mental Health: It's Time We Talk to the ExpertsDec 1st, 2019

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Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that keeps you from thinking clearly. It can cause you to see or hear things that aren't there, or to believe things that aren't true.

How to Nurture a Child’s Mental Health

How to Nurture a Child’s Mental HealthDec 1st, 2019

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Most would agree that it is probably more difficult today to nurture a child’s mental health than it has been in the past. So, understanding how to nurture a child's mental health is more critical than ever.

Facts Regarding Marijuana and Mental Health

Facts Regarding Marijuana and Mental HealthDec 1st, 2019

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Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal (or in some states, legal) substance in the  U.S. and its use is growing. Marijuana and THC remain illegal at the federal level, even though many states have legalized its use.

Anorexia Nervosa: Food Is Not the Problem

Anorexia Nervosa: Food Is Not the ProblemDec 1st, 2019

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Body shaming is an ongoing issue in our society. Western culture, as well as the media, have glorified being thin. They have equated being thin to being attractive- without concerns of physical health and mental wellbeing. Not surprisingly, this pressure (among other factors) can lead to an eating disorder.