Carried feelings that are diagnosed or mis-diagnosed as psychiatric disorders.

By Carrie Willey, PhD, LPC (Clinical Director) Pia Mellody has written extensively about Induced Feelings or Carried Feelings. This is the feeling energy that is absorbed by children in a dysfunctional family. When the parents or the Major Caregivers are unwilling to own or unconscious about their feelings, the children take that energy on. For example, […]

Understanding Food Addiction

Food, like chemical substances, can be addicting. Many people use food as a comfort when feeling down, depressed, anxious, stressed or angry. Foods high in sugar, salt, starch and fat are the most addictive and can trigger the brain with “feel-good” chemicals, similarly to heroin or cocaine. When food addicts experience pleasure from feel-good chemicals, […]

Importance of Sleep for College Students

Most adults in America, and even more so college students, are not getting the right amount of sleep each night. A sleep guide released by the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois, reports that only 40% of adults get the right amount of sleep each night. Only 11% of college students surveyed met […]

Eating Disorder quiz: Are you an emotional eater?

What is emotional eating? It is the result of eating due to external clues versus real physical hunger? Emotional eating or emotional overeating is not necessarily an eating disorder, but it can be a trait of someone with an eating disorder – especially binge eaters and those suffering from bulimia. There is also a strong […]