Anorexia Nervosa and Mental Health: Childhood Trauma

Anorexia Nervosa is a multisystem disease that can lead to medical complications affecting all body systems (Gibson, Workman, & Mehler, 2019). Anorexia Nervosa has one of the highest death rates of all mental health disorders with almost 6% death per decade (Keel & Forney, 2015) and almost are death by suicide (Koutek, Kocourkova, & Dudova, 2016.  Some symptoms of anorexia include an extreme limit of food or drastic changes of the body due to lack Read more…

Anorexia Eating Disorder, Mental Health, and Trauma

It is extremely rare for the main root of eating disorders to be unuusal eating habits. Eating disorders are often not about food but rather emotional pain residue of trauma or internal discomfort with self. ·        The cause can be unknown trauma or unresolved trauma. It is important to acknowledge and assess trauma and possible Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including higher rates of anxiety disorder, when working with women and men with eating disorders. Read more…

Overview of the ABCD’s of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are more prevalent in women although its prevalence continues to increase in men today. Alarmingly, the rate of children and youth being admitted to the hospital for an eating disorder increased by up to 119% in the past decade (Eating Disorders Coalition, Facts About Eating Disorders: What the Research Shows.). There is a great need to find ways to support children and youth. The four types of eating disorders include: Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Read more…

I am Worthy, Valued, and Loved

The Creation and Development of, “I Am Worthy, Valued, and Loved.

What was the purpose of creating this book?   I had been thinking about how much children look up to their parents and depend on them,  Kids need to hear the truth about their identity; they need to be told that they are significant and worthy, no matter what they do. I wanted to put a book in their hands that would encapsulate those ideas; so one afternoon, I jotted down some simple statements, and the Read more…

BLOG 8: WHY DO ADULTS WAIT SO LONG TO DISCLOSE SEXUAL ABUSE?

The answer can be complex but information from several narratives exist to tell the story. When adults delay disclosure of sexual abuse, this impacts their overall health and wellbeing. Some factors that contribute to a decision to postpone disclosure depend on whether the adults felt safe (as a child or adolescent) to confide in another person. If a child perceives adults as unsafe or uncaring, they are less likely to reveal sexual abuse (Bannon, Salwen, Read more…

Conversational Tips to Listen to a Teenage Friend Who Discloses Sexual Abuse

Teenagers are more likely to disclose sexual abuse to their friends before they tell their parents or authority personnel (Powers, Ressler, Bradley, 2009). Often, the teen hearing the sexual abuse disclosure may not know how to respond to this devastating information about their friend.  A healthy supportive friendship will allow the teen to feel safe and comfortable to reveal the sexual abuse. If a teen tells a friend who is not in a healthy state Read more…

The Reasons Why Sexual Abuse Disclosure Is Challenging for Teenagers

Why is sexual abuse disclosure so hard for teenagers? Imagine you are a teenager who was sexually abused as a child or as a teenager. The idea of a safe person will instantly change after sexual abuse. This is especially true for teenagers who were sexually abused by a close family member. It is also alarming to share about sexual abuse that happened with someone outside of the family. The thought of sexual abuse disclosure Read more…

Empowering Children and Youth Survivors of Sexual Abuse with Life-Giving Words

The words that we speak to ourselves and others matter. It is especially important to speak life–giving words to children and youth survivors of sexual abuse. How often do we hear words that spark us back to life? Do we believe that we are valuable, worthy, and loved even when we make mistakes? Do we believe that we are a mistake? Throughout the day, our brain has thousands of thoughts that either influence in a Read more…

Emotional Support Strategies for Children and Youth Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Why is emotional support a necessary part of the healing process for children and youth who are survivors of sexual abuse?  Emotional support means showing empathy, compassion, and genuine concern for others; this leads to greater emotional well-being. An important aspect of the process is helping children and youth regulate their emotions. Emotional regulation is the process of building and establishing healthy friendships (Hebert, Langevin, & Oussaid, 2018). Having emotional support systems will help them Read more…