Eating Disorders

In the last 100 years, unlike in previous centuries, Western culture has put a premium on thinness, many believe to an extreme. Most adolescent girls are not satisfied with their physical appearance, and many diet to control their weight. One unfortunate result is the increased number of eating disorders primarily affecting teenage girls and women. According to recent research, approximately 1 of 100 adolescent girls is anorexic, two to three times as many are bulimic, and 1 in 5 are...

Parenthood Certification

Jack Westman and the advocacy organization Wisconsin Cares, Inc., have proposed a parenthood pledge as a step toward ensuring that all children have competent parents. This pledge would be made by mothers and fathers who, in order to be eligible, must not be under the legal and physical custody or guardianship of other persons or the state. Minors and developmentally disabled or incarcerated adults and their families would receive Parenthood Planning Counseling when their pregnancies are...

Track Record for Antidepressants

In one major study, the improvement rate of 30 percent for mildly depressed patients taking an antidepressant was no better than the improvement shown by those who had been given a placebo. Only 38 percent of people in 1994 believed that depression is a treatable disease, whereas in 2004 that number had grown to 55 percent. Among women, whose own rate of depression is nearly twice that of men, and who are usually the ones seeking help for a depressed child, the number was higher 64 percent....

Glossary A

Affect Feelings observable aspects of an emotional state, such as sadness, anger, or euphoria. aggression Forceful action against another person which may be physical, verbal, or symbolic, and is meant to cause pain. altruism Helping others without direct benefit to oneself. amygdala Part of the brain's limbic system that is considered the seat of emotions. antidepressant Medication used to treat depression. anxiety A feeling of nervousness, apprehension, fear, or dread. Asperger's syndrome A...