Archives for February 2013

Everybody Knows Somebody: National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Over 10 percent of young women currently meet criteria of one of the eating disorders, anorexia nervosabulimia nervosa or eating disorder NOS (not otherwise specified).

This week, Feb. 24 through March 2, is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, themed “Everybody Knows Somebody” by the National Eating Disorders Association, NEDA.  Eating disorders are some of the most challenging mental illnesses and are serous, life-threatening conditions. Affecting one in 20 people during their lifetime, eating disorders frequently occur in people with other mental illnesses, including depressionanxiety disorders and substance abuse issues and as with other mental illnesses, early identification and early intervention are keys to recovery.

NAMI joins NEDA this week in support of the aim to ultimately prevent eating disorders while reducing the stigma surrounding these conditions and improving access to treatment.  Read MORE.

When a life starts to unravel, where do you turn for help?

Melissa Klump began to slip in the eighth grade. She couldn’t focus in class,
and in a moment of despair she swallowed 60 ibuprofen tablets. She was
smart, pretty and ill: depression, attention deficit disorder, obsessivecompulsive
disorder, either bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder.

In her 20s, after a more serious suicide attempt, her parents sent her to a
residential psychiatric treatment center, and from there to another. It was
the treatment of last resort. When she was discharged from the second center
last August after slapping another resident, her mother, Elisa Klump,
was beside herself.

Read the rest of the article here.