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Eating Disorder

Eating disorders

/eat·ing/ /dis·or·der/

The definition of an eating disorder as any a wide variety of psychological disorders involving characteristics or habits related to irregular eating patterns.

Eating disorders usually arise from a negative or distorted self-image and are serious emotional and physical issues that involve extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. Types of eating disorders include those such as Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorders, etc.

There are many signs that can help signify an eating disorder. Signs may include: a refusal to eat/denial of hunger, an intense fear of gaining weight, a negative or distorted self- image, excessive exercise, a flat mood or lack of emotion. It is important recognize symptoms or possible signs of eating disorders in yourself or other individuals. If you find someone that is struggling with an eating disorder, there are many types of way that you can help. Specialists are trained to help with eating disorders because they may dangerous but they are curable.

Emotional Disorders


/e·mo·tion·al/ /dis·or·ders/

Emotional and behavioral disorders is a broad category which is used commonly in educational settings, to group a range of more specific perceived difficulties of children and adolescents.

Emotional disorders may include the following type of characteristics:

- An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers
and/or teachers.

- An inability to learn which cannot be adequately explained by intellectual, sensory or
health factors.

- A consistent or chronic inappropriate type of behavior or feelings under normal

- A displayed pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression.

Common emotional disorders among adolescents include, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, behavioral disorders and personality disorders. Although very common among troubled teens, those who struggle with emotional disorders are in need of immediate therapeutic treatment. If left untreated, teens may develop negative coping mechanisms which may have life long consequences, such as drug addiction and self harming.

Emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to monitor one's own and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior.




The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines environment as the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates. A person's environment, or social surroundings, have an enormous impact on the way that person thinks and operates. If a person is surrounded by negativity, he/she is more likely to replicate that negativity and display negative behaviors in other areas of life.

The environment of a troubled teen can often be the root cause or factor in the troubled adolescent's negative behavior. When an impressionable teenage boy or girl is surrounded by negative peers, it is common for these teens to develop negative behaviors themselves. It is for this reason that parents should be aware of their child's social surroundings and environmental influences.

If a teenage boy or girl is troubled, a total change in their environment may be in order. By replacing a troubled teen's negative environment with that of a therapeutic, nurturing and rehabilitative environment, troubled adolescents are able to emotional, therapeutic and behavioral restoration.