Yes, let's talk.

Some students believe that you need to have a major crisis to talk with a counselor. This is not true. No problem is too minor to seek services. Issues that we often help with:

  • eating disorders
  • alcohol problems
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • grief and loss
  • issues related to trauma
  • adjustment to college
  • academic problems
  • difficulty selecting a major

Just call 937-229-3141 to set up an appointment. There is no cost for seeing a therapist at the Counseling Center for all full-time undergraduate students, law students and Graduate Assistants.

Dr. Becky Cook, Counseling Center

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Eating disorders are common. What do you know about them?

What is the perfect body, and would we love it if we had it?  It seems that many of us believe we can only love and appreciate a perfect (or near perfect) body. Did you know that by age 6, girls have internalized the idealized, slender body and 40% have expressed a desire to lose weight?  By age 9, they have begun to take action and 50% have started their first restrictive diet. Of adults, 40% of women and 20% of men are dieting at any given time (although 62% of the dieting women and 44% of the dieting men were not considered overweight). 

Body dislike and hatred can consume a lot of time and energy, contribute to low self-esteem and in some cases can lead to an eating disorder.

The staff at the Counseling Center works with students who have become consumed with body dissatisfaction. They work with undergraduate, law, and some graduate students for this issue as well as a variety of other concerns.

Eating disorders are very common, especially in young women. Dr. Mary Buchwalder of UD's Health Center shares this information:

"Signs that are suspicious for eating disorders include:

  • secretive eating
  • bingeing (eating much more than someone normally would at one sitting, and feeling unable to stop oneself)
  • disappearing to the bathroom after eating (to vomit)
  • use of laxatives or water pills (diuretics)
  • very limited amount or avoidance of certain types of food (e.g. totally avoiding fat in foods)
  • fighting with friends or family about what or how much to eat
  • thinking about food all the time, food rituals (e.g. cutting food into tiny pieces and eating them very slowly)
  • hating any body fat
  • perfectionist tendency
  • sudden significant weight loss
  • compulsive exercise
  • using diet supplements

Usually several of these symptoms are present if someone truly has a problem.  So...what should you do for someone with these symptoms?

  • DON'T criticize or nag
  • DON'T focus on food, weight or body image
  • DO point out strengths and talents
  • DO focus on health and happiness; let her know you're concerned if she is feeling blue
  • Do encourage her to seek help from a physician, counselor, dietitian or support group; all of these are available here on campus (free to undergrads):
  • - Health Center x93131
    - Counseling Center x93141; support group available
    - Wylan Ganote, RD 937-229-4225

If your friend denies that there is a problem (which is very common), consider talking to a physician or counselor yourself.

While you can't force others to change, sometimes you can benefit from some support yourself and can discuss your concerns.

BTW, guys can get eating disorders too, though symptoms tend more toward compulsive exercise than food rituals and restrictions."

-Dr. B