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How does Jenny Craig work? Is if safe for people that had previous eating disorders?


I am asking and being 100% serious so please I am begging no stupid/insulting answers.

I am 21 and would like to lose weight, problem is I had an eating disorder for roughly 6yrs. I've been in recovery almost 2yrs so I'm doing good but it's really hard to diet without crossing the line back into an eating disorder. I wanted to try weight watchers but they don't allow people that had eating disorders to join.

So my question is how does Jenny Craig work? Is it anything like weight watchers?
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I used to work for Jenny Craig. Jenny Craig is a calorie counting program. It is similar to Weight Watchers, except you purchase your food from Jenny Craig, and in Weight Watchers, you cook your own.

The most highly successful program for exactly what you are describing in your question above, is one called, Weigh Down, by Gwen Shamblin. You can Google Search this, and find it easily.

It is Internet based, as well as live groups in your area. All the information you need is on their website.

This program has an extremely high success rate for people with eating disorders, addiction problems, or those wanting to lose weight. It is nominally priced, so most any budget can participate.

I recommend Weigh Down head, and shoulders above any other program out there!

Hope this helped you.  (+ info)

Why do people show less compassion for those with different mental disorders?


It seems as though with some disorders or addictions, when someone finds out someone they know has it, they all flock to help them but completely avoid people and call them pathetic for others. Why is this? Shouldn't all disorders and addictions be treated with the same compassion?
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You are absolutely right about all disorders and addictions being treated the same. Unfortunately in our society there is a stigma about some disorders and addictions that people just can't shake. For example, depression or bi polar is a real medical illness, but because you can't see it on an x ray or with your own eyes like you can a tumor, people tend to believe that the illness isn't real or that the person is crazy which is the furthest thing from the truth. I work for a mental health center and we go and talk to kids about mental health issues to try to break the stigma about it. Hopefully over the years we can reach enough kids to change how the next generation views mental disorders and addictions.  (+ info)

What is the relationship between depression and eating disorders/issues?


I am doing research on depression for hospitality class (cooking)
that means I need to talk about how it might relate to changes in eating, anorexia/bulemia nervosa and other eating disorders.
the more info the better!
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Hey, I studied this this year!

Depression is a clinical disorder of the brain. It causes suicidal thoughts and suicide, and yes, can affect eating disorders. The ones you are referring to are very common with people who are clinically depressed. Depression does not just affect the emotional aspect of your life, but the physical aspect as well. Because the brain connects emotional and physical health, depression affects both at the same time. If you are feeling bad about yourself, or are depressed, your emotions will constantly tell you to be better, that you are doing something wrong. That is where the physical aspect comes into play. When people are unhappy with themselves, studies show they are usually unhappy with their bodies. With anorexia and bulimia, the person who is clinically depressed usually wants to make their bodies look better to makes themselves feel better. The only problem is that it can cause even more emotional damage when they don't see the changes in their bodies, and vice versa if their depression continues.

If you don't know much about anorexia and bulimia, here's a few facts.

Anorexia is an eating disorder where a person refuses to eat. Basically, they look in the mirror and say 'I'm too fat,' and refuse to even touch food. The signs are obviously, extreme weight loss, headaches, fatigue, nausea, and external bleeding and loss of bone health. Because nutrients are not making it into an anorexics body, their skin cells don't develop the way they are supposed to. A tiny cut could bleed a lot, and you are more likely to break bones or tear muscles.

Bulimia is also an eating disorder that is more common in the clinically depressed. Usually, extreme grief causes bulimia. A bulimic is very hard to catch; because they are eating, they don't shed the weight, and because they vomit their food back, you can never really catch them in the act. However, if you have suspicions of bulimia in a friend or relative, take them to a dentist. The acid from the vomit of the person breaks down the enamel on a person's teeth, and causes unhealthy teeth and sometimes even gum disease.

It's very important to keep an eye on all of these issues, so please continue your work! You might want to bring up the fact of depression causing suicide, and how eating disorders actually cause it quite often. The reason being is because the more unhappy they become with their bodies, the more depressed they will be. And the longer someone waits to tell a parent or adult, the worse the situation will get.

Hope this information helps you out!  (+ info)

How would someone get help for these disorders or any type of sexual dysfunction?


Discuss the two types of orgasm disorders: premature ejaculation and female orgasm disorder. How would someone get help for these disorders or any type of sexual dysfunction?
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They aren't really disorders or dysfunctions. Both of those are masks or symptoms of something else, almost always stress- diet- and health-related. Communication is key.

Making positive changes can do much to 'overcome' those situations. Positive reinforcement being one of the most effective. As is learning kegel exercises for both sexes. Attitude plays a major part; then diet as mentioned. Counseling and meds. may or may not be of benefit, but I would certainly use them as a last resort, not first.   (+ info)

How common are thyroid or other metabolism slowing disorders?


Everytime I read articles about weight/obesity in America many of the posters indicate how common these disorders are. I'm just truly curious how common is common. Do 1 in 100 suffer from these types of problems or is it more like 1 in 1000? Are there other medical conditions that cause weight gain?
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Hi from Mr J. Yes they are very inportant to are body, because they play a inportant roll in ower live hormons, that comtrols the cortazone that make as get fat by have a lot of it, or thin if we have very little in ower body, so see your Dr to ask for help.  (+ info)

What can be included in a project about eating disorders?


We are doing a class project on eating disorders and the presentation must last 60 minutes. Does anyone have any ideas on what we could do & include in the presentation?
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You can start out with something like, "In todays society eating disorders are on the rise, the media shoves distorted perceptions of body image and the ones suffering are our children"......stuff like that. You could possibly get signed release forms and talk to young children around the neighborhood about being skinny or fat and how the media makes them feel about it, make it into a really strong documentary type film. When the kids are talking...you could come in with pics of underweight celebs, etc and then fade back into the child who is talking. Research the statistics on the many variety of eating disorders that there are today. I hope that this helps you  (+ info)

How can I explain my husband about my anxiety disorders?


I have been suffering from anxiety disorders for years. I recently started working with a mental health professional. Therapy seem to work well. But my husband, constantly keeps judging and hurting me. I am not able to explain him my situation. We both are very well educated to understand things. I work very hard both at home and at work to provide for the family. How can I explain him, my struggle or suffering, when he is just not willing to listen and keeps saying, I complain all these problems to avoid doing work or I simply like to be unhappy. Its just miserable. Any suggestions?
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Hello,

I am so sorry you are experiencing this situation - not only anxiety disorder, but also a husband that cannot understand.

I suffered for years with extreme anxiety attacks and their devastating side effects as I struggled to take care of my family also.

I never knew how stress could cause so much dysfunction in the human body. I think the best way I can help you is just to let you know I used to be in your shoes, and I am no no longer in those "anxiety attack" shoes. My long days of anxiety attacks affecting my life are over.

To learn how I overcame my anxiety attacks go to http://www.healthbanquet.com/anxiety-hope.html

I would highly recommend you get the book by Dr. Claire Weekes called Hope and Help For Your Nerves. That excellent book will tremendously help you and it will help your husband understand what you are going through.

Dr. Weekes has helped MILLIONS with her books and audio programs to overcome their anxiety attacks and get back to their real selves again.

Dr. Claire Weekes (1903-1990), Hope and Help For Your Nerves and Peace From Nervous Suffering, is a best selling author and is widely acclaimed for her revolutionary approach for treating anxiety, panic, and phobic disorders.

She has achieved distinction as the first woman Doctor of Science at the University of Sydney, and was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to medicine. Truly an amazing woman.

She must have personally experienced anxiety herself, based on her explanations of what one goes through while experiencing panic and anxiety attacks.

Dr. Claire Weekes is a master at reassuring her readers that there is nothing wrong with them.

Her step by step, self help methods, teach one to regain control over their state of mind. She will simply teach you how to cope with feelings of fear and dread. Also, unlike any other, she will help you thoroughly understand the many physical symptoms which can be caused from overtaxed nerves.

Yes, she simply explains how your FEAR of the symptoms from your overly tired nerves, feeds this cycle of anxiety. She will help you break this cycle through her easy to follow approach. I highly recommend this book - Hope And Help For Your Nerves. It is only a few dollars.

Once again, I am now completely anxiety free, with no medication needed. I am happy and full of energy again. It is hard to believe the nightmare that I lived daily for years is no longer part of my life. It is hard to believe I was ever in that kind of unsettling situation. I am back to the real me again.

I thank God every day for breaking free of the shackles of anxiety. Claire Weekes's book should also help you recover from anxiety, as it has helped the MILLIONS before you recover from their anxiety also.

God bless you on your healing journey. Here is a prayer that helped me a lot http://www.healthbanquet.com/prayer-anxiety-fear.html

Vital Force   (+ info)

How can excessive exposure to electronics lead to orthopedic disorders?


It would be very nice if anyone could give me the name of a site which explains how electronics can cause orthopedic disorders, or any other way of info will be helpful. Thank you.
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Google "repetitive stress injuries" and you'll read all about it. The best way to overcome these problems once you have them is to go to a chiropractor.  (+ info)

What are some disorders that correspond with having a weak working memory?


Today my resource teacher said i have a really, really bad working memory- are than any disorders that mean a weak working memory? or is it short term memory loss?
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I am unaware at this time of any spcific disorders that impair memory functioning other than the below.

Scientists have yet to understand the causes of Mathematics Disorder. Neurological and deficits in working memory are possible causes.

Learning Disorders can effect input (such as visual and auditory perception), integration (categorization/sequencing), storage(memory) and output (language output, or muscle activity).

Depressed people may be preoccupied with feelings of worthlessness, inappropriate guilt or regret, helplessness or hopelessness. Other symptoms include poor concentration and memory,

Amnesia is a condition in which memory is disturbed causing loss of memory and/or lack of ability to imagine the future. Amnesia is not always a permanent condition.

Dissociative Disorder is defined as conditions that involve disruptions or breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity and/or perception. The hypothesis is that symptoms can result, to the extent of interfering with a person's general functioning, when one or more of these functions is disrupted.

Dissociative Amnesia - noticeable impairment of recall resulting from emotional trauma

Dissociative Fugue - physical desertion of familiar surroundings and experience of impaired recall of the past. This may lead to confusion about actual identity and the assumption of a new identity.

Drugs and Alcohol may also inpair memory function.   (+ info)

Are psychologists and doctors similar to that able to detect disorders in young children?


My little sister, who is seven years old, is having some difficulties. My mom and I believe she has some anxiety/depression disorders, just like me. I want her to see some form of a therapist so we can find out if we can help her, if something is not right. But who knows, maybe it's a phase? She's not like the other kids but i love her no matter what and want to help her so she doesnt have to have the difficulties of having stress as she gets older as i do.
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Yes, they can diagnose those things in little kids. And if it's just a phase, they'll be able to tell you that too. But if she's been anxious/depressed for more than 2 weeks, it would be a good idea to get her evaluated... normal 7yos don't go through weeklong periods of being down like that. People can be genetically predisposed to being anxious/depressed, so the fact that you have that increases the chance that your sister does too.

With regard to the other answer... The youngest kid that I've ever heard of attempting suicide was 9 or 10yo... (unmedicated, btw) and you know how the media loves to jump on these things. I'd say the risk of a 7yo attempting suicide because of medication (or without medication) is very small. Besides, 7yos need to be under adult/teen supervision most of the time... they shouldn't have that much opportunity to kill themselves.

SSRIs slightly increase the risk of suicide in people under 18yo, but statistics show that when they started putting warnings on the box that the meds come in, the percentage of teenagers committing suicide actually went up... so more kids/teens are helped by antidepressants than are hurt by them. You can discuss it with the doctor, but suicide is really not something you should be worrying about in a 7yo.

Either way, your sister might not even need antidepressants... a professional would have to decide if she does or not. But counseling might be helpful enough. And the parent gets to decide whether she gets medication or not... just because a doctor recommends it does not mean your parents have to give it to her.  (+ info)

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