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Societal Pressures Contribute to Eating Disorders

September 6, 2016

Eating disorders are a growing problem in today's society. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia involve distortions in body image and self-esteem that drive women to use food to express a variety of inner conflicts. These disorders generally occur in women, but some men are affected, as well. A number of societal pressures can be linked to the development of eating and food issues. The Psychology of High Achieving Women often experience the pressure to achieve excellence on a number of levels. The family may have a strong internal scripting for achievement that can put tremendous pressure on individuals to do well…

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How Societal Pressures Impact Addiction in Women

September 1, 2016

Several factors are involved when women develop addictions. Physical makeup and psychological reasons related to societal pressures both play a part in substance use and abuse in women. Physically, women are more markedly affected by drugs and alcohol compared to men, so when they use substances for relief from stress, they can become more easily addicted. Women face higher risks at lower levels of consumption than men, due to differences in average weight and metabolisms(1). According to research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, psychological reasons also play a factor in women being more prone to addiction when compared…

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American Society: How It Contributes to Depression

August 30, 2016

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States today (1). In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported antidepressant drug use had skyrocketed by 400 percent over the last two decades. Antidepressants are the most commonly taken type of medication by people 18-44 years old. In 2008, 23 percent of women who were 40-59 years old were taking antidepressant medications (2). Women experience depression more often than men. Women experiencing depression may feel sad, worthless and guilty (3). While biology and hormones play a role in this difference in women's higher depression rates,…

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Social Pressures Often Reinforce Habits of Codependency

August 25, 2016

Codependency has many different definitions, but it is widely recognized as a psychological reaction that places the needs of others before one's own needs, often to a detrimental degree. Codependency can include a variety of other psychological issues, including problems defining healthy boundaries, inability to express feelings, fears of abandonment and a strong desire for approval. Experts believe the tendency toward codependency starts in childhood and may be worsened by several common social pressures. Maintaining Family Unity One of the strongest social pressures is to hold the family unit together, regardless of whatever upsetting actions occur because of substance abuse…

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Anxiety on the Rise: Are Societal Pressures to Blame?

August 23, 2016

Anxiety is a word that's often tossed around too casually, used to refer to everyday worries or minor stress. In reality, anxiety disorders can be intense and debilitating—people who suffer from anxiety describe it as a constant, gripping fear or a sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach. Studies reveal that at least 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, and this number increases each year. (1) What could be responsible for the growing number of anxiety diagnoses in this country? In this article, we'll look at some of the societal pressures that contribute to anxiety. Pressure and Perfectionism…

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