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Colleen Perry

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Sexualization of Young Children Linked to Eating Disorder Development

(59) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 8:29 AM

As early exposure to themes of sex becomes the norm, children of younger ages are expressing discontent with their physical appearance. Results from a recent survey suggest that children rank body image among the highest of their concerns, above both self-confidence and social life. Recent research...

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Teen Dating Violence Is on the Rise. What You Need to Know Now.

(3) Comments | Posted June 2, 2010 | 4:38 PM

University of Virginia senior, Yeardley Love, was killed by her wealthy boyfriend, George Huguely. Her body was found in her room at college on May 3; another victim of dating violence. Just as disturbing as her death, is the fact that two months earlier, three Lacrosse players had to pull...

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Parents, Do You Know About the Deadly Choking Game?

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 3:50 PM

If you are a parent of a pre-teen or teen, knowing about the "Choking Game" could save your child's life. What is commonly referred to as the Choking Game is also known as Pass-out, Tingling, Roulette, Black-out, Flatliner, Suffocation, California High, Space Cowboy, Rising Sun and Airplaner, among others. The...

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Love Doesn't Equal Sex, and Sex Doen't Equal Love

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 2:12 PM

My boyfriend is asking to take our relationship to the next level, sexual relations, and I am not ready how do I tell him that I am not ready and to wait till I am?

Dear Not Ready,

Have you tried simply saying "I'm not ready and we need to...

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Cutting and Self-Injury is Never 'No Big Deal.'

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2010 | 9:05 AM

"Cutting," burning, head banging, gouging at your skin are all forms of self-injury, which I will refer to as SI for the purposes of this post. SI behaviors are basically impulse control issues. When a person is experiencing negative feelings, the need to alleviate the emotional pain is a normal...

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Treating Chronic Pain - There is a Better Way!

(10) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 4:10 PM

When it comes to the problem with healthcare in the U.S., I tend to agree with Dr. Andrew Weil that "what's missing, tragically, is a diagnosis of the real, far more fundamental problem, which is that what's even worse than its stratospheric cost is the fact that American health care...

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Plagued by an Inner Critic

(4) Comments | Posted July 9, 2009 | 5:02 PM

Are you afraid to feel angry, jealous, lonely, helpless or anxious? It's no coincidence that four out of seven clients I have seen this week have all had the same paralyzing fear about expressing their feelings to someone they love, be it a parent, lover, friend, or wife. What they...

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Saving the Lives of Those Who Save Yours

(3) Comments | Posted May 29, 2009 | 9:36 AM

Doctors in the VA are under pressure NOT to diagnose PTSD, because a diagnosis of PTSD leads to increased benefits and disqualifies the soldier from re-deployment. Bodies are at a premium here, folks, with many soldiers being deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan numerous times. Hardball on reports that the...

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Renewing Yourself for Spring: A Personal Journey

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2009 | 12:32 PM

I was asked to write about ways to renew yourself for spring. My first thought was, "Oh no, am I doing anything that would count as 'renewal' aside from chasing down my accountant to get my taxes straight (from 2007 no less)"! Or having the urge (I didn't say I...

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Step #5: Practice Gratitude Daily

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2009 | 1:46 PM

If you're anything like me, you're up to your eyeballs in people telling you that you should practice gratitude on a daily basis. At least once a week there is a headline blog on the Living Section of the Huffington Post about gratitude. I've noticed in my own life that...

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Do You Hate Your Body?

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2009 | 10:08 AM

Step #4 Look for Solutions...stop submitting, stop rebelling.

Do you hate your body? Do you try to diet thinking that if you just lost 10 pounds, your life would be miraculously improved? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired of your struggle with weight? Then practicing...

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You can Recover from Chronic Dieting

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2009 | 8:43 PM

Blog on Step #3...Look for Answers...don't stop until you've found them.

There are reasons why you are a chronic dieter, and if you have an eating disorder, there are reasons for that too. Do you know what they are? My guess is, probably not. That's why you're reading this! It's...

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How to Free Yourself From Dieting - Step 2

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2009 | 3:15 PM

Seeking Help and Support is step #2 in ending the battle of chronic dieting. It's also the second step in recovery from an eating disorder. If you've been dieting all of your life in order to attain thinness, then you may not be able to achieve body satisfaction and meet...

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The 12 Steps of Recovery from Chronic Dieting

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2009 | 2:18 PM

Last week I invited you to welcome in the New Year by stopping your dieting. I gave 2 compelling reasons why diets don't work for lasting weight loss, set point and water balance. This week I'm going into more detail on the first step toward "diet recovery": Admit you have...

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New Year's Resolution: To Be Happy in 2009, Stop Dieting!

(2) Comments | Posted December 30, 2008 | 9:34 AM

It's that time of year again folks... time to make that all-important New Year's resolution. I feel like the odd-one-out by having a different goal for myself than to lose weight. In fact, the phrase "On Monday I'm starting my diet" has become so common place in our culture, no...

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Tips for Positive Change in the New Year

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2008 | 2:31 PM

With the New Year approaching, I know I'm not the only one thinking about changes I'd like to make in 2009. To do this, I ask myself, what qualities really worked for me this year and what qualities didn't serve me so well that I can "let go" of.

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The Way I See It: Combat Vets and the Problem With Coming Home

(4) Comments | Posted December 16, 2008 | 10:33 AM

A recent article in People magazine asked the following questions "What's happening at Fort Bragg?" and "Is the Army doing enough to protect its women?" Three female soldiers from the nation's largest army base have been murdered in the past six months allegedly by spouses or boyfriends that have served...

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The Way I See It- Let's Make PTSD a Household Name.

(13) Comments | Posted December 7, 2008 | 8:58 PM

PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder may not be a "household name" yet, but it soon will be. As our combat veterans return from Afghanistan and Iraq, we will be inundated, as a country, with cases of PTSD and TBI, traumatic brain injury. Are we equipped as a nation...

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The Way I See It: Why Thankfulness and Selfishness Go Hand in Hand

(7) Comments | Posted November 30, 2008 | 7:36 AM

Last week, I wrote about the benefits of selfishness, especially to those of us who are people pleasers. I had no way to predict the flood of responses I received from women expressing their gratitude that someone was giving them permission to take care of themselves FIRST. Here's what...

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The Way I See It

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2008 | 10:49 AM

Be more selfish this holiday season and you will have a better holiday. Many of you doubt my last statement don't you? But I invite you to answer these questions for yourself:

• Do you give of yourself to others only to be disappointed in what you get back?

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