An Interview With a 22-Year Old Female With Eating Disorders

Do you want to know what is it like to deal with eating disorders? Then read this interview. We talked to a 22-year old sales school student who enjoys playing in cuddling with animals (any kind, any time), watching series and drawing. Her struggle with eating disorders started in 2012, when she was 15. After 7 years her condition is much better, although her battle is not completely over, yet. According to the American Psychological Association (2017) eating disorders are characterised by severe disturbances in eating behaviours and related thoughts and emotions. People with eating disorders typically become pre-occupied with food and their body weight. Keep reading if you are interested in her answers.
How would you describe your mental disorder?It’s sometimes like you don’t want to eat although your body needs the food, other times it’s like you know you have to eat but your body doesn’t let you. For every meal you struggle and fight before, after and/or in between.
Are you or w…

Does Social Media Make Us More Dissatisfied With Our Bodies?

Why do I not like my body?
This is one of the questions that someone with body dissatisfaction could ask themselves. Sometimes it is not the whole body, but those parts of me that... I wish! I wish they were a little thinner, more defined, larger or smaller, somewhat less wrinkled or without these ugly spots! We know that body dissatisfaction, understood as "a concern that produces discomfort towards some imaginary or extreme defect of physical appearance "(1), is a risk factor fordeveloping and maintaining an eating disorder(anorexia and bulimia, mainly) (2).
But almost all of us have something in our bodies that we would like to change, not just those who suffer from clinical problems. Why?
People internalise the ideals of beauty that society transmits to us and we compare that with our own appearance. As long the way we perceive ourselves does not fit the ideal of beauty we will be dissatisfied with our bodies (3).
The role of social media.
Itis 2019, right? The ideals of beaut…

An interview with a 22-year old male with panic disorder

Hi there. I am a 22 year old student finishing my Bachelor degree. In my free time I like to read, write, watch movies, hike in the nature and take photos. I also like to spend time with my friends and family, probably just like you. If I had to point out something, that makes me different from most of you, I'd probably mention I am suffering from panic disorder. Panic disorder is characterized by reoccuring panic attacks, which are periods of intense fear that include somatic symptoms, like shortness of breath, palpitations etc. They lead to different behavioral and cognitive outcomes, such as avoidance of places associated with one of the attacks. In this interview, psychology students from EFPSA's Social Impact Initiative explored how life with this condition is like for me, and if you want to know more, you're most welcome to read it.

.How would you (figuratively) describe your mental disorder?
I would describe it as a ghost that starts strangling you out of the blue and…

Stress from a perspective of a professional

As the theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is stress, we decided to ask doc. dr Nikola Petrović from Department of Psychology at Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade a few questions about it…

1.What are some of the most common reasons why people are under stress?
Stress is a normal part of life. Everyone has different stress triggers. People usually get stressed about work, family issues, illnesses, deaths, financial issues or big changes in their lives, sometimes even very positive changes like getting married or winning the lottery.
2.What are the typical thoughts of a person dealing with stress?
Everyone reacts differently to stressors, but some people are more resilient than others. That means that some people have very irrational thoughts such as „This is horrible, I can’t handle this!“ that lead to undesired psychological outcomes and worsen the situation. On the other hand, there are people who would say to themselves „This is really bad, but I can get through this.“…

"Mind the Mind" a la Spain!

Let's get to know our National Coordinator in Spain, Maider Prieto Vila!

1. How did you decide to get involved in Mind the Mind campaign? I fell in love with the campaign ever since I first heard about it. I remember thinking: “That is what Spain needs, to change the perspective on mental disorders and psychotherapy”. Unfortunately, nowadays, the society still sees mental disorders as something strange. But, we should remember what World Health Organization says: “1 out of every 4 persons will have a mental disorder during their lives”. Or, the fact that in 2020 the depression will be the second leading cause of sick leave in the world behind cardiovascular diseases. So, looking at this data, we, as psychology students, should try to change the stigma surrounding mental disorders. And we have the tools to do it.
2. What roles in the campaign did you have until now? Puff… a lot haha! And it was a complete pleasure. I feel so lucky to be a part of all of this.  In my first year, I was a …

"Mind the Mind" from the inside

We asked one of our new Local Coordinators for a quick interview! His name is Jan and he studies at the medical faculty in the Czech town - Brno. Jan is an example of the connection between psychology students and medicine students in our campaign.

1. Why did you decide to get involved into a psychological campaign?
I felt that there is a lack of psychology projects in my home non-governmental organization of medical students called International Federation of Medical Students Associations(IFMSA). Furthermore, I am interested in psychology and miss this opportunity to practically use psychological knowledge during my medical studies. Plus, I perceive psychology as one of the most important subjects in medical education, because we treat people not diseases. 
2. How do you feel in your role of Local Coordinator? 
It is a great experience. Passing my enthusiasm to others is kind of natural for me. What I learn are the practical skills: organization, time management etc. I am glad to be part…
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