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Side Effects of Bulimia Nervosa

Many times, we as people, do things that we’re not proud of.  Unaware of the side effects we continue with these actions.  I am going to map out the physical side effects of Bulimia Nervosa.  This way you don’t have an excuse for “not knowing” what you’re doing to your body.

  • Esophageal problems
  • Vocal chord damage
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hair loss
  • Digestive problems
  • Decreased body temperature
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Elimination problems
  • Dental Damage
  • Organ damage
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Enlarged salivary glands
  • Dry skin
  • Decreased bone density
  • Menstrual dysfunction
  • Hormone irregularities
  • Insomnia
  • Low red blood cell levels
  • Weak muscles
  • Immune system damage

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A Girl’s Guide to Being Beautiful

I came across this article and thought it was important to share.  It is a good way to start your day.  To take control of your life and realize each day is a new day.  You have the choice how you want to make your day.  You have the choice how you want to live your life.  I challenge you to start your day “Beautiful.”

Photograph from the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty

A Girl’s Guide to Being Beautiful By: Kayla Knopp

There is one moment in each day when you are completely in control of your own destiny.  It is the moment you first open your eyes in the morning, the instant the first thought of the day skiters through your brain.  That very first thought sets the mood for the rest of the day.  In the wee hours of the morning, you can decide whether to embrace life as an ally or to declare war on the world.

If you give in to your inner demons and choose the latter, you can bid being beautiful farewell.  Nobody looks good in a war.  Beauty goes hand in hand with happiness, love, and peace.  Even if you are not completely happy with your physical appearance, if you can possess those last three traits, you will be beautiful.

Suggested song for the day: “You’re beautiful” by Christina Aguilera

Learning in the Mental Health Profession

In February, I taught a seminar in Miami on Easting Disorders to approximately 30 other professionals, in the social service field.  After the seminar, an attendee called me.  She is a student at Barry University in the mental health field asking questions about experience and career advice.  I have always been honest when it comes to teachers, schools, jobs, etc… I felt it was important to tell her from my experience, what I learned about in the industry.

  1. I learned I had to take a comprehensive exam after completing 60 credits of graduate school in order to graduate.
  2. I learned I had to have an unpaid internship for 1 year, while in school.
  3. I learned that being unlicensed, it is very difficult to get a job other than at a community mental health agency (which it’s still difficult to get a job there).
  4. I learned I made more money as a teacher with a Bachelor’s degree than with my Masters.
  5. I learned working a 12 hour day would become a “normal work day.”
  6. I learned I will not be licensed until after I work for 2 more years post graduation, have a supervisor, take some more courses, and take and pass that state boards.
  7. I learned that no matter how good a therapist is, there is always gossip when a lot of females work together.
  8. I learned that therapy in the real world is very different then how it appears in school.
  9. I learned sessions can last (to be expected to last) for several hours, not just 1.
  10. I learned that there is not the “typical” client.  They are all different and require different attention.


*** I learned that after a long day at work, I still love to come home and cuddle with my dog.

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