Battling the Storm Within

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Eating Disorders

Traumatic events are events that cause psychological, physical and/or emotional pain or harm.
Traumatic events, especially those involving violence between people, have been found to be significant risk factors for the development of a variety of psychiatric disorders, including eating disorders—particularly those involving bulimic symptoms, such as binge eating and purging.
Stress, Trauma and Coping

Stress is an unavoidable part of life, but sometimes when stress becomes overwhelming and overpowers our coping mechanisms (such as talking to a friend, meditating or journaling) it causes distress, disease and dysfunction. Generally, when stress reaches the point where it causes emotional and/or physical problems, then it becomes traumatic. What is “traumatic” to any given individual is best understood in light of the “three E’s,” i.e., Event, Experience, and Effects, an important point made by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA, 2014).

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