• Polymyalgia Rheumatica

    Polymyalgia Rheumatica

    Introduction I was diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) back in April this year due to an accident at work. I damaged the muscle at the top of my leg at work, by lifting boxes on March the 8th 2006. A couple of days later I was in agony with the pain in the muscles in

  • The Adonis Complex – The Secret Crisis of Male Body Obsession

    The Adonis Complex – The Secret Crisis of Male Body Obsession

    Buff Enough? – By Jonathan Rauch By the time I graduated from high school, I had reached my full height-not quite five feet, eight inches-and I weighed 105 pounds. Much earlier, when I was about 9 or 10, I had begun to notice that I was preoccupied with certain aspects of my appearance. After one

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder

    Body Dysmorphic Disorder

    Dissatisfaction with appearance is very prevalent in our society. Over the past three decades the popular magazine Psychology Today has conducted several surveys on how people feel about the appearance of their bodies. The changing results make for interesting reading. The dramatic changes in American culture have significantly altered peoples’ perceptions of themselves. In 1972

  • Anorexia


    In the mid-nineteenth century successful Western businessmen and politicians “tummy bulged.” Their relative obesity in societies in which the scourge of potential famine had only relatively recently been overcome was a sign of their high status and social success. Eating disorders were relatively rare then. They have now become much more common and are quite