Eating disorders are not uncommon among teens. Take "Kerri" (not her real name) for example. Upset with a sudden weight gain, the 15-year-old forced herself to throw up after eating her school lunch. It seemed harmless. After all, most of the kids at her lunch table had done it before, and they seemed OK.
Then, after doing it five times, and then 10, Kerri had a new ritual of vomiting right after eating. She did it at school and then again at home. No one knew -- until Thanksgiving. She had eaten...
Don't panic. Your brain can recover, but you need to give it a break while it's healing. Here's how, and why.
Concussions Can Leave You with a "Slow Computer"
Your healthy brain works like the best computer you can buy, says David Coppel, PhD, a sports concussion expert at the University of Washington. But after a concussion, your brain acts more like the ancient computers your parents used in the 1990s. Game over.
To get back up to speed ASAP, your brain needs downtime. And you're probably not going to like what it involves.
"No video games, no texting, no using the computer, and no watching TV," says Tracey Covassin, PhD, an athletic trainer and concussion expert at Michigan State University. Even though games, texting, and watching TV seem simple, your brain has to work to keep track of what’s happening on the screen. That's why you need to take a break from them after a concussion.
For how long? About 7-10 days, in most cases. Of course, your doctor has the last word on exactly how much time you need.
See your doctor before you get back to your normal routine, even if you're feeling fine. And go straight to a doctor if your symptoms (such as headaches, confusion, memory problems, or vomiting) get worse.