eating disorders in adolescence

i talk with author / this american life editor / yale graduate susan burton (her memoir empty is out now) about our adolescent experiences with eating disorders . what were our first memories of wanting to change our bodies ? how did we feel when we were on various rungs of the eating disorder “hierarchy” ? did our eating disorders stem from a fixation on little girlhood and wanting to stay child-like ?


“Empty Inside” is a podcast where host Jennette McCurdy talks with a different guest each episode, doing a deep dive into a specific topic. General topic areas are comedy, eating disorders, filmmaking, jealousy, therapy, and the crippling sense of doom we all face as we desperately try to fill the void within.




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How Drinking and Anxiety Disorders Are Interdependent

Anxiety disorders and alcohol use disorder are both serious conditions separately, which turn even more serious if the occur concurrently. These co-occurring disorders impact a person’s ability to live his/her life normally. Compared to the predicament of being diagnosed and forced to live with any one of these conditions, the co-occurrence of both the conditions in an individual amplifies the symptoms greatly. The coexistence of anxiety disorders and alcohol use disorder is a common dual diagnosis condition, especially in the United States. In many ways, they exacerbate the symptoms of one another. Due to their increased interdependent nature, the existence of any one of the disorders increases the likelihood of the occurrence of the other. Chronic anxiety can coerce people to take to alcohol to unwind or escape from their worries, and prolonged alcohol consumption can potentially bring about any underlying symptoms of anxiety. In addition, alcohol use by those with an anxiety disorder can also pave the way for other forms of anxiety to set in, thereby significantly increasing the disease burden that one has to live with.

Identifying Anxiety: Signs and Symptoms

Life can be likened to a sea, stormy at times and calm at others. However, when anxiety is at play in a person’s life, it could feel as if the coast is never clear and the mind never at rest. The anticipation of a storm, or perceiving every wave to be a tsunami, becomes a norm, never allowing the person to be at ease or rest. An anxiety disorder affects how people feel, behave, think and decipher physical sensations.

Tackling PMS-Induced Depression and Suicidal Feelings

Anxiety, depression and irritability are common symptoms for women experiencing premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The hormone progesterone inhibits the functioning of serotonin, a hormone responsible for regulation of moods. It also impacts the functioning of the amygdala, which is responsible for responding to environmental cues, controlling emotions, improving memory and imbibing survival instincts.

Anxiety Can Affect Smart Decision-Making, Finds Research

In the course of a single day, one is confronted with numerous choices, including something as simple as deciding to get up early in the morning and how to begin the day. It seems that one is forever taking decisions, some for small things and some for big matters. However, one hardly stops to wonder at how effortlessly one navigates through the sea of life, until he/she hits a roadblock. Mental health problems can hinder one’s ability to handle daily life, especially if left untreated. One such seemingly simple problem is that of anxiety.

Should We Excuse Our Bodies for Being Alive?

Involuntary noises made by the body is part of being alive. So why do people feel obliged to excuse themselves when such happens. No other animal is shunned or ostracised because of what its organs do.

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