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What is binge eating disorder?

Binge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by repeated periods of eating large quantities of food, combined with a sense of loss of control without regular compensatory behaviors (purging, laxatives, exercising excessively). Symptoms include: a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control how much one is eating, eating much more rapidly than normal, eating until [...]

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Childhood anxiety: how to help your child with worries

It would be wonderful if the innocence of childhood could be worry-free. Unfortunately, many children can by filled with worry, anxiety and fear. The good news is that teaching children ways to manage worries and cope positively with anxiety as they develop can have a lifelong positive impact. What is anxiety? An automatic response built [...]

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autism

Savant Syndrome: A little Rain Man within us all?

I met my first savant in 1962 when I developed a Children’s Unit at Winnebago Mental Health Institute.  This jarring juxtaposition of ability and disability in the same person intrigued me then, and intrigues me still.  The savant best known to the Fond du Lac area is Leslie Lemke who many remember from the story [...]

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Spring 2014 ASTOP Newsletter

ASTOP is a Sexual Assault Service Provider offering treatment, outreach, prevention, and advocacy, emphasizing hope and connection to self and others located in Fond du Lac and Green Lake counties. “The Healing Resource” is ASTOP’s quarterly publication, focusing on community outreach, prevention education, awareness and agency initiatives.

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Signs My Child Needs Mental Health Support

It is normal for children and teens to go through a variety of emotional changes; however, when a child is experiencing symptoms of mental illness, these changes can continue to disrupt their daily life if left untreated. What are some ways to tell if my child needs professional help? 1)      Mood Swings. There has been [...]

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Alcohol and drug abuse: identifying the issue and finding solutions (Part Three)

Part Three: helping loved ones Helping a person who drinks too much takes knowledge, compassion and patience. Some actions are helpful and others are not. Do: Try to remain calm, unemotional and factually honest about how the person’s drinking abuse hurts you and others. Discuss the concern with someone you trust – a friend, clergy [...]

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Alcohol and drug abuse: identifying the issue and finding solutions (Part Two)

Part Two: how does alcohol affect you? The reason that alcohol can cause such extensive damage to the body is because it goes everywhere. There is no body cell resistant to alcohol. Your Appearance – According to researchers, more than one or two drinks a week promotes aging. Alcohol is considered a food with non-nutritional [...]

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Alcohol and drug abuse: identifying the issue and finding solutions (Part One)

Part One: alcohol, drug abuse growing issue How many more tragedies need to occur? Each of us somehow or in some way has been adversely affected by the sobering consequences of alcohol-related concerns. The facts and statistics speak for themselves. One in every three suicide involves alcohol. Seventy-five percent of men and 50 percent of [...]

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Defining alcohol consumption

Moderate Drinking There is no one definition of moderate drinking, but generally the term is used to describe low-risk or responsible drinking. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, drinking in moderation is defined as having no more than one drink per day for women, and no more than two drinks per day for men. [...]

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Loving Someone with a Mental Illness – Part 4

Does someone you love struggle with a mental illness? Chances are that you struggle too. Follow our four-part blog to help you learn whether your words and actions are helping or hurting your situation. How to Keep a Healthy Attitude Learn what you can about your loved one’s disorder. This may mean taking classes through [...]

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