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Mobile Gaming Tackles Cyberbullying

The world of mobile App gaming is taking a creative approach to anti cyber bullying efforts using avatars as a method to communicate with young people. Pixelberry Studios, creators of the game “High School Story”, have arranged information and education through the story of their game to help players who may be facing issues such as cyberbullying, self-esteem problems and eating disorders. In the game “High School Story”, players build a school facility, populate it with their friends, and participate in social activities and quests where players meet characters that go on “emotional arcs.” The writing required allows the game…

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Singer Kesha Faces Her Eating Disorder Head On

Kesha is direct. Singing and writing songs since she was in her teens, her lyrics are open about actions and feelings. Underlying those lyrics was an unspoken personal experience, her battle with an eating disorder. “I decided to face my problem head-on,” she relates. “My whole message is to love who you are, and accept all of your beautiful imperfections. When I felt I was slipping into unloving territory with myself, I knew I had to listen to my own advice and correct it.” Going to rehab was hard for Kesha. Not a surprising statement. Anyone who has been to…

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New York Photo Exhibit Showcases Recovery

Project HEAL (Help to Eat, Accept, and Live) used social media channels to reach out to men and women recovering from an eating disorder, asking them to share what is recovery in a few words. The project became “Faces of Recovery,” a collection of 150 black and white photographs depicting eating disorder survivors smiling or laughing and holding signs with their personal message. Project HEAL is a non-profit which works to send eating disorder patients who want to recover but cannot afford treatment, scholarships for their treatment. Co-founders of the organization explained how in some cases insurance companies want to…

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Making Recovery a Priority As You Head Back To School

The end of summer inevitably marks the transition back to more formal routines and the start of a new school year. In the next few weeks, more than 20 million American young adults will head back to classes, and while the new school year brings new experiences and challenges, the transition can be a trigger for mental health and eating disorders. Young people can face challenges to their success and well-being as a result of major life shifts and the onset of stress, pressure or instability. For many, college can signify the beginning of the freedom to control their own…

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Healing Distorted Thinking by Practicing Mindfulness

With so many technological distractions, modern everyday life does not always support staying in the present moment. But practicing mindfulness can truly help individuals recovering from eating disorders to let go of stress, build positive coping skills and prevent relapse. Changing unhealthy behaviors can be a challenging process, but neuroscience demonstrates certain practices, like mindfulness, meditation and prayer, can dramatically change neuropathways and promote flexibility with thinking and decision making. Mindfulness is derived for the most part from Buddhist philosophy, and can be practiced as meditation, yoga, tai chi or simply as a pause or break in one’s day to…

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