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Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

Dieting or spending your life trying to manage your weight, body shape and size causes depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and feeling of powerlessness. There are several types of eating disorders including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Pica, ARFID, Night Eating, Purging Disorder, Exercise Addiction, and Post Bariatric Surgery lifestyle changes.  

Unhealthy eating habits, or mindless eating habits usually develop over time. Using food to numb out or deal with uncomfortable emotions such as stress, loneliness, anger, boredom, lack of pleasure in life or out of habit can have some serious negative impacts on your overall emotional, physical and psychological health.

If you have an eating disorder or know someone that might have one, seek help from Dr. Mo, a healthcare practitioner that specializes in eating disorders.

Depression and Anxiety

Depression or Feeling Down

Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life, but when emotions such as despair, hopelessness, and fear just won’t go away—you may have depression. Depression changes how you think, feel, and function. It impacts your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and enjoy relationships and daily activities that make life feel meaningful. Some people may describe depression as feeling empty, lifeless, sad, apathetic, or even angry and restless. Depression can impact your physical health as well as your emotional health.

Commons signs of depression include feeling like nothing will get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation, feeling like you don’t really care about social activities, going out, sex, or hobbies that you used to enjoy. Many folks report changes in weight or appetite, difficulty sleeping or oversleeping, feeling agitated, restless and a low tolerance. It just seems like everyone and everything is getting on your nerves. Some experience a loss of energy, feeling physically drained, your whole body might feel heavy and small tasks can seem exhausting. Other common experiences might include harshly criticizing yourself for your perceived faults or mistakes, reckless and impulsive behavior, problems focusing or remembering things, and an increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles and stomach pains.

Some folks with depression may have unwanted or persistent thoughts or images related to death or dying.  If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, express your concern and seek help immediately. Talking openly about these thoughts and feelings can help save a life.

Therapy can help you feel better and more life yourself again.

Anxiety or Feeling Worried

Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress.

It’s a feeling of fear or cautious about what’s about to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech might cause most people to feel fearful and nervous. Anxiety outside of that might be an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder is characterized as significant feelings of anxiety and fear, worrying about future events, or feeling overly cautious in life. High-Functioning anxiety, like high-functioning depression, has masked signs and symptoms that you might not be aware of like, overthinking, headaches, muscle tension, nausea, restlessness, panic attacks, tight chest, fidgeting, stomach aches or cramps, disqualifying the positive, racing heartbeat or racing thoughts, trouble sleeping, feeling “nothing” or inability to relax when trying to relax.

Many people with anxiety engage in behaviors to help alleviate some of the anxiety they might be feeling. For example, if you have a fear of “being out of control” or “losing control”, you might become overly controlling of your environment. If you have social anxiety, you might limit your social interactions to a handful of people that you feel comfortable with and otherwise avoid social interactions. Therapy can be extremely helpful in finding healthy coping skills for these emotions.

Healthy Relationships

Relationships are complicated

When you’re unhappy, it can be difficult to tell what’s causing it and what needs to change. When you’re in the thick of it, it might be difficult to tell if you’re unhappy in your relationships or unhappy in general.

Signs that your relationships might be making you feel stuck include, dreading going home, feeling uncomfortable being yourself with your partner or family member for fear that they wouldn’t accept you, mistrust and constantly snooping or testing your partner or family member, feeling afraid of commitment, or imagining a happier life without your partner or family member, resenting your partner or family member, and reminisce about how “good the past was” often. If this sounds familiar, you might benefit from reflecting on your relationship patterns and finding clarity with Dr. Mo.

Healthy relationships are essential to our quality of life. The quality of your relationships greatly determines the quality of your happiness and health. If you are in a relationship and you find yourself struggling with self-care, guess what?  The number one ingredient to a healthy relationship is… self- love and self-care. Being comfortable with who you are, what you need, what you like, means you’ll be happier with the people you choose to be in relationship with. Communication, forgiveness and boundaries are also key to having a healthy relationship.


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Anxiety in Children

In children, anxiety can look different than it does in adults. Here are some examples of what anxiety might look like in your child:

  • Example #1

    You’re 5 minutes late to pick up your kid from a birthday party and your kid is sobbing because they thought you might have gotten into a car accident.

    What’s happening? Anxious children can focus on worries that something bad might happen to their parents. They may also be clingy and fearful of leaving you long past the point that “separation anxiety” is age appropriate.

  • Example #2

    Family or friends have come over and your 15-year-old kid is in their room with the door closed. You might have even forgotten they were there.

    What’s happening? Such behavior may appear to be rude or unfriendly, but it can be a sign that your kid is afraid of socializing or has social anxiety. Anxiety is often missed in kids who tend to withdraw causing them to suffer with low self-esteem as adults.

  • Example #3

    You notice that your kid is constantly tapping their leg or fidgeting. The classroom teacher thinks that they might have ADHD and/ or dyslexia.

    What’s happening? It could be ADHD. But your kid behavior could also be a sign of performance anxiety.

  • Example #4

    Your kid is counting steps, window panes, tiles and, or stairs.

    What’s happening? Repeating tiny and meaningless rituals may be a way for your kid to manage their emotions and fears. If this continues, it could be a sign of OCD (Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder).

How can Dr. Mo help your child
with anxiety?

Parent coaching with Dr. Mo are intensive, skill building sessions that are targeted toward giving you skills, scripts and education. I want to help you so understanding what’s going on and how to effectively respond to your kid’s needs so that you can help your kid to build confidence, enhance performance, eliminate avoidance, and build passion and perseverance for long-term and meaningful goals. I will be giving you advanced skills that mental health professionals use to quickly de-escalate emotions and build emotional resilience and girt. Parent coaching takes anywhere from 4-6 sessions and is geared toward busy parents who need quick and effective tips on how to support their kid feel calmer and more resilient. These proven techniques are based on scientific research and you’ll see results in your kid almost instantly.

Parent coaching is also extremely useful for parents of adult or young adult children who are struggling with some mental health issues like anxiety, depression, addiction, or an eating disorder. If your child is in treatment and you need help communicating with them in an effective way, call Dr. Mo to see how we can help you and your loved one.

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