Recent Articles from Dr. Fredda

  • The Vicious Cycle of Body Image and Eating Disorders

    A 2007 study focused on mental health issues revealed that people who have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) tend to have increased levels of anger and hostility. Sufferers also have lower levels of self-esteem and higher levels of perfectionism. The authors add that there is a 33 percent higher rate of childhood trauma and abuse in […] Read More

  • Love Is Respect: Teen Dating Violence and How to Intervene

    Unhealthy relationship behaviors are those that impact the physical, emotional, and mental health of a victim. According to Choose Respect, a young man or woman’s harmful relationship behaviors often start early and lead to a lifetime of abuse. Everyone should know the pervasiveness of teen dating violence in the United States, including fellow students, teachers, […] Read More

  • Broken Heart Syndrome Is Real (And It Can Kill You)

    “Too much love can kill you,” sings Freddie Mercury. Despite the disbelief of many, it is possible. What is broken heart syndrome? Each year, usually around Valentine’s Day, news sources publish stories about “broken heart syndrome” or takotsubo cardiomyopathy. The condition occurs when people experience cardiac issues following an episode of extreme emotional distress. According […] Read More

  • Total Eclipse of the Brain: How Love Affects Us Like a Drug

    Being in love is not a total eclipse of the heart. Love, actually overwhelms our brains with chemicals that induce feelings of pleasure and attachment. These chemicals cause reactions throughout the body, which might help explain that giddy feeling we get when we see a loved one. Love moves in mysterious ways—but not to science. […] Read More

  • Through the Eyes of Survivors: The Truth About Beating Cervical Cancer

    Life after a cervical cancer diagnosis is never the same—even after remission. It can be better, more meaningful, challenging, stressful, and different. But if you are standing on greener grass, meaning you are a caregiver, wife, husband, child or friend, there are a few things you need to know. Babies and bundles of joy are […] Read More

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