STIs (sexually transmitted infections), also known as STDs, are stigmatized in our society. We associate having an STI with being immoral or promiscuous. This may not be the case, but it still makes telling your current, former, or new partner about an STI difficult.
If you think you may have exposed a partner to an STI or gotten an STI from your partner, you should tell them.
You may not have considered it, but every time you read health information, from food labels to medical forms, you're exercising your health literacy skills.
Health literacy is the ability to obtain, process, and understand health information needed to make informed health decisions. Health literacy affects your ability to:
The University of Washington has long been a leader in the development and evaluation of prevention programs and intervention efforts targeting risky alcohol use among college students. In fact, researchers at the Addictive Behaviors Research Center (ABRC) in the Department of Psychology and the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors (CSHRB) in
Each quarter, a team of volunteers to help staff the Wellness Resource Center. Here is a list of the people who are involved during the 2014 Summer quarter:
First-year students (and their parents!) usually have expectations about college life long before actually leaving home. Some students look forward to college, and are eager to experience more freedom and adventure, while others may feel enthusiastic initially, only to discover that they don't feel happy, comfortable, or secure in their new environment.
The end of a relationship is one of the more painful and stressful things people experience. As a culture, we have no clear-cut rituals for ending relationships or saying goodbye to significant others. We are often unprepared for the feelings we experience in the process. Sometimes, the emotions that come up after a breakup can catch us off-guard and affect our functioning at school, work, and in other relationships.
An eating disorder is a serious medical illness. Eating disorders can be characterized by limiting food take or overeating. Sometimes exercise, vomiting, laxatives, or diuretics are used to eliminate food and calories from the body.
A common misconception is that everyone with an eating disorder is visibly skinny or at a low body weight. Eating disorders are generally kept secret, and people may deny that they have a problem.
The main types of eating disorders are:
Look for these signs and symptoms:
There are many factors that may contribute to developing an eating disorder, including:
Eating disorders can become chronic and life-threatening if not identified or treated in their early stages. Treatment of eating disorders is often tailored specifically on an individual basis. Most treatments involve forms of psychotherapy and psychological counseling in connection with nutrition and medical support. Counseling, medical, and nutritional help should always be given by a health care or mental health professional. Relapse rates from eating disorders are estimated at 30 – 50%, so long term monitoring and treatment is important.
To help prevent eating disorders in yourself and others, you can:
It is important that treatment for eating disorders be provided by a health care or mental health provider. If you are constantly preoccupied with food, body image, or exercise, consider contacting a health care provider.
Helping a friend or loved one with an eating disorder can save a life. You can help by engaging them in an open dialogue with the goal of seeking help from a health care provider. When deciding whether to discuss these issues with someone, think about your relationship to the individual. Does he or she consider you a close, trusted, and appropriate person to confront them about this issue? Before talking to your friend, consider these suggestions:
Authored by: Peer Health Educator
Reviewed by: Hall Health Center Mental Health Clinic staff, January 2014
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