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JOURNALING - Eating Disorder Video #2 with Kati Morton

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Journaling - Eating Disorder Video #2
This video offers some advice on coping skills. I recommend that each client I see purchase a journal. Having a journal with you during the day and by your bed at night can help you better cope with stress, anxiety and depression. It can also give an outlet for any eating disorder (whether that be anorexia, bulimia or compulsive eating/binge eating) struggles you are having that you do not feel comfortable sharing with anyone. It is my hope that leveraging social media whether it is YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn can help me reach more people and spread the word about eating disorders and how destructive they can be to the people who suffer from them as well as those closest to them.

Hi, it's Kati again. Thank you so much for checking back in.

Now the topic that I would like to talk a little bit about today is journaling.
Now something that I recommend to every client the steps into my office
is to go buy a journal.

Now you're thinking "why would I go by a journal, I don't need to say anything I don't need to write anything down." It's a great way to express yourself and to talk about things that you're not comfortable talking about yet in a constructive way.

So this gives you a place when it's the middle of the night and you look at the clock and it's three in the morning and everybody else is asleep there's no one else to talk to you can write in your journal. Also let's say somebody's really hurt your feelings but you're not really comfortable confronting that person this gives you a safe place to talk about it and to vent.

Now something silly that a lot of us don't think about is that it's really important to pick a journal that you're comfortable with. Now what i mean by that is it has to kind of look the part. If you're not comfortable pulling out a peachy with loose leaf paper then probably that's not your ideal journal. Maybe you don't want a big three-ring binder maybe you're like me you're left-handed and it's uncomfortable, don't get that journal.

Maybe you need a nice leather bound one that kind of looks like a day-planner so if anybody walks up to you, you can kind of shut it and they won't ask any questions. So make sure you're comfortable with your journal.

There's a great tool also, if you're kind of like me and have a little trouble getting started there is a book called the "All about me"book. This gives you the beginning of sentences you get to complete as long as you need it kind of gets you warmed up to the idea of journaling.

So that's just a tip from me to you. Thanks for checking back in. Again remember to subscribe to my videos so that each time I post a new video you can get an alert also please leave your comments below.

I love getting your questions it really helps me to create more videos, so feel free to leave as many comments as you like. And continue to help spread the word as we continue this journey to a Healthy Mind Healthy Body.

As described by Wikipedia:
Eating disorders refer to a group of conditions defined by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual's physical and mental health. Bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating disorder are the most common specific forms in the United States. Though primarily thought of as affecting females (an estimated 5--10 million being affected in the U.S.), eating disorders affect males as well (an estimated 1 million U.S. males being affected). Although eating disorders are increasing all over the world among both men and women, there is evidence to suggest that it is women in the Western world who are at the highest risk of developing them and the degree of westernization increases the risk.

The precise cause of eating disorders is not entirely understood, but there is evidence that it may be linked to other medical conditions and situations. One study showed that girls with ADHD have a greater chance of getting an eating disorder than those not affected by ADHD. One study showed that foster girls are more likely to develop bulimia nervosa.Some also think that peer pressure and idealized body-types seen in the media are also a significant factor. However, research shows that for some people there is a genetic reason why they may be prone to developing an eating disorder.

While proper treatment can be highly effective for many of the specific types of eating disorder, the consequences of eating disorders can be severe, including death (whether from direct medical effects of disturbed eating habits or from comorbid conditions such as suicidal thinking).

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