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10 Warning Signs Of Anorexia

10 Warning Signs Of Anorexia

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Anorexia is rarely ever solely a body image issue. Most people who suffer from anorexia also suffer from deep emotional issues that are not properly managed with healthy coping skills. Without healthy coping skills, a person with anorexia turns to unhealthy and dangerous eating habits to cope with their unsettled feelings. People who suffer from […]

Diagnosis And Treatment Of Bulimia Nervosa

Diagnosis And Treatment Of Bulimia Nervosa

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Proper diagnosis of bulimia is a critical component to ensuring that a patient is properly treated. Without proper diagnosis treatment will likely be ineffective. It can sometimes be a challenge to accurately identify a case of bulimia because symptoms can appear to be similar to binge eating disorder or anorexia nervosa. This is why there […]

Body Image

How Bulimia Nervosa Affects Your Life

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Bulimia nervosa is a serious eating disorder that has major consequences on a person’s life. Bulimia nervosa is a condition in which a patient struggles with body image. In effort to cope with the poor body image the patient will engage in compensatory behaviors. Such compensatory behaviors include restricting diet, excessive exercise, and binging and […]

How Bulimia Nervosa Affects The Body

How Bulimia Nervosa Affects The Body

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder that has serious medical and physical health consequences. A patient who is bulimic will engage in behavior to prevent weight gain. He or she will struggle with self-esteem and self-image. There will be destructive behavior that has an effect on the patient’s overall health. A patient with bulimia nervosa […]

How Families Are Affected By A Patient’s Schizophrenia

How Families Are Affected By A Patient’s Schizophrenia

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

It can be difficult to cope with a family member’s diagnosis of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia causes many alarming symptoms. These symptoms cause the patient to act in an unusual manner. It can also cause a patient to become fearful or act erratically. Schizophrenia typically shows symptoms in early adulthood. This causes the patient to display a […]

Myths About Schizophrenia

Myths About Schizophrenia

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Schizophrenia is a complicated disorder that is often misunderstood by the general public. It is a disorder that causes many unique and sometimes scary symptoms that are often misunderstood by others. It can be easy to draw conclusions about people who suffer from schizophrenia. People often believe negative things about schizophrenia, but many of the […]

Symptoms Of Schizophrenia

What Are The Different Types Of Schizophrenia?

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder with many different kinds of symptoms. There are different subtypes of schizophrenia recognized by professionals. Each subtype of schizophrenia has its own features and symptoms. Here is a list of the different subtypes of schizophrenia: Catatonic subtype People with catatonic subtype schizophrenia will show two extremes in their overall personality. […]

Warning Signs of Schizophrenia

Warning Signs Of Schizophrenia

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Schizophrenia is a disorder that is scary for both the patient and those around them. It affects friends, family, peers, and in severe cases, the general public. People who are schizophrenic tend to have alarming behaviors and thoughts. Sometimes these behaviors and thoughts confuse and frighten others. This is especially the case for those who […]

What Is Schizophrenia?

What Causes Schizophrenia?

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder that causes many scary experiences for patients. People with schizophrenia will have many different symptoms, like: Hallucinations Delusions Psychosis Paranoia Disorganized thoughts Depression Schizophrenia is a very difficult disorder to cope with on a daily basis. It affects many areas of the patient’s life. Day to day activities and interpersonal […]

Medical Consequences Of Anorexia Nervosa

Medical Consequences Of Anorexia Nervosa

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Anorexia nervosa (anorexia) is a serious mental health disorder that has the potential to be fatal. Millions people struggle with anorexia in the United States. Anorexia is not only a mental health disorder, but also a serious medical condition that has severe consequences. If anorexia is not properly treated it can have devastating effects on […]

Anorexia Nervosa Mirror

Causes And Risk Factors Of Anorexia Nervosa

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Anorexia is a complex disorder that affects different types of people for different reasons. Many tend to be mistaken when thinking it develops from a desire to be skinny. It rarely develops as a result of one individual issue, like body image or weight management. People who suffer from anorexia tend to have trouble coping […]

Symptoms And Health Risks Of Anorexia Nervosa

Treatment Of Anorexia Nervosa

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Anorexia is an oppressive illness. Those who suffer from anorexia will engage in problematic behaviors to maintain a sense of control. They do not realize how severely their health is being affected. Patients with anorexia often exhibit symptoms and warning signs, like: Having a family member who also suffers from Anorexia Nervosa Binging (Eating an […]

Treatment Options For Oppositional-Defiant Disorder

Treatment Options For Oppositional-Defiant Disorder

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Oppositional defiance disorder (ODD) is a disorder in a which a child exhibits consistently bad behavior. This bad behavior has an effect on the child’s development. It also affects the child’s peers, parents and teachers. A child with ODD exhibits unhealthy coping strategies for stress. This may include outbursts of rage, tantrums, or acts of […]

How Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Affects The Brain

How Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Affects The Brain

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that a person may develop if he or she has experienced at traumatic event. PTSD is a serious disorder that affects a person’s sense of safety and security. It creates different symptoms that are difficult to cope with on a daily basis. People with PTSD will experience symptoms […]

Symptoms Of PTSD

Does Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Go Away?

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

The memories of fear and pain that a person feels when going through a traumatic event will not go away. They are significant and influential memories that will have a deep and withstanding impact on a patient. It is possible to decrease how intensely these memories affect the patient. With therapy the emotional and behavioral […]

What Causes Bipolar Disorder?

What Causes Bipolar Disorder?

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

People often think that bipolar disorder develops when people do not know how to control themselves. This is rarely the case. There are several different contributing factors that can cause bipolar disorder. While bipolar disorder can cause a person to behave erratically and irrationally, it is not due to a lack of control. There are […]

How Families Are Affected By Bipolar Disorder

How Families Are Affected By Bipolar Disorder

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

A patient with bipolar disorder is not the only one who suffers from its effects. If left untreated, bipolar disorder will affect a patient, along with his or her family, friends, and loved ones. It is important for family and friends of people with bipolar disorder to be educated on what it means to have […]

Causes of Conduct Disorder

Causes of Conduct Disorder

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Conduct disorder is a disorder in which an adolescent, between the ages of 12 and 18, exhibits socially unacceptable behavior. This behavior can sometimes lead to criminal acts or acts of violence. The behavior that is caused by conduct disorder is often dismissed as delinquency, but actually stems from deep emotional issues. Adolescents with conduct […]

What Happens During A Manic Episode?

What Happens During A Manic Episode?

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Manic episodes are a symptom of bipolar disorder. A manic episode is considered the ‘high’ point on the bipolar spectrum. A manic episode causes a person to become very excitable and irritable. These episodes can last anywhere from a few days to several months. A patient will feel very energetic and restless during a manic […]

Types And Effects Of Bipolar Disorder

How Does Bipolar Disorder Affect The Brain?

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

There are millions of people who currently suffer from bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that causes highs and lows in mood. At one end, the mood swings can cause the patient to experience episodes of depression. This could include sadness, numbness, feeling hopeless, not interested in everyday activities. The other end is […]

Warning Signs Of Borderline Personality Disorder

Warning Signs Of Borderline Personality Disorder

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a personality disorder that causes a poor self-image and self-destructive behavior. It is difficult to cope with BPD because the affected person’s self-esteem is low. As a result, the he or she believes that others do not value him or her. This causes a fear of abandonment. It also causes […]

What Are The Complications Of Dependent Personality Disorder?

What Are The Complications Of Dependent Personality Disorder?

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Dependent personality disorder (DPD) is a disorder in which a person has an extreme fear of abandonment. This fear causes a person to go to great lengths to prevent abandonment or rejection. People with DPD face many issues with regard to the way they see themselves and the people around them. A person with DPD […]

ADD / ADHD Medication Options

ADD / ADHD Medication Options

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are two similar disorders. They affect a person’s ability to focus and concentrate. People with ADHD will also show behavioral issues related to hyperactivity. A person is typically diagnosed with ADD/ADHD in childhood. This is when he or she begins to show behavioral and cognitive […]

How Borderline Personality Disorder Affects Relationships

How Borderline Personality Disorder Affects Relationships

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Maintaining a relationship with a person with borderline personality disorder (BPD) is challenging. BPD causes a person to feel that he or she is not valued or worthy of love and affection. This belief creates an intense fear of abandonment. The fear of abandonment causes the affected person act destructively. Due to these beliefs and […]

Therapy For Social Anxiety

Therapy For Social Anxiety

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Have you ever been really nervous when having to meet new people? Or maybe you notice you tend to shut down when large groups of crowds? Have you ever found yourself being overly embarrassed at something you have said? These are all signs of social anxiety. Social anxiety disorder is when a person becomes very […]

Treatment For Antisocial Personality Disorder

Treatment For Antisocial Personality Disorder

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Is Antisocial Personality Disorder Treatable? Those with antisocial personality disorder have cognitive issues that make it difficult to treat. There are several reasons why it is difficult to treat antisocial personality disorder. The main reason is the patient often does not want to change. Those with antisocial personality disorder do not see a problem with […]

What Are The Different Types Of Depression?

What Are The Different Types Of Depression?

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Depression is a disorder that manifests in many different forms. There are many different forms of depression. This article will explain the different forms of depression and what it is like to live with each form. Atypical Depression Atypical depression is a form of depression with specific symptoms. These symptoms are the result of a […]

Can Dependent Personality Disorder Be Prevented?

Can Dependent Personality Disorder Be Prevented?

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Dependent personality disorder (DPD) is a disorder that causes a person to be dependent on others. A person with DPD often has an intense fear of abandonment. DPD causes a person to be ‘clingy’ or ‘needy’, and struggle with feeling secure in a relationship. Considering the insecurities that come with DPD relationships are often strained. […]

What Is A Panic Attack?

What Is A Panic Attack?

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Having a panic attack is a scary experience. Often a person who is having a panic attack does not know they are having a panic attack. It can be triggered by something known or happen unexpectedly. During a panic attack you will feel like you are dying or having a medical emergency. A panic attack […]

Why Does Postpartum Depression Happen?

Why Does Postpartum Depression Happen?

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Many of women experience postpartum depression after giving birth. There are several factors that contribute to postpartum depression. Such factors that contribute to postpartum depression include: The Experience of the Pregnancy Many mothers experience great pregnancies with little to no issues. However, many more face different issues like complications during pregnancy. Common pregnancy complications include […]

How Long Does Postpartum Depression Last?

How Long Does Postpartum Depression Last?

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Postpartum depression is a form of depression in which the mother of a baby falls into a depressed state. This depressed state typically results in the following behaviors: Avoiding the baby Feeling anger or resentment toward the baby Crying spells Feeling overwhelmed with the changes that a baby brings Mood swings and depressed mood Irritability […]

How To Stop Binge Eating

How To Stop Binge Eating

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Binge eating is a condition that has serious health consequences. People who binge eat are face many medical consequences like obesity, diabetes, heart problems, and kidney damage. Binge eaters also are at risk for emotional issues like anger, anxiety, and depression. Many people who binge-eat feel hopeless, but it is possible to take back control […]

Why Do People Binge Eat?

Why Do People Binge Eat?

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

For those who do not suffer from binge eating it can be difficult to understand why others binge eat. You may ask, “why don’t they just stop eating so much and learn to control themselves?” The simple answer is it’s not that simple. Binge eaters overeat for reasons that go beyond a love for food. […]