Mental Health

Why Do Patients Struggle With Maintaining Weight Loss Following Weight Loss Surgery

Collins Hodges, PsyD, LP As both a clinical psychologist and a bariatric patient, I am intimately familiar with the struggle to lose weight. We have spent hundreds of dollars on diets, only to end up right where we started. Unfortunately, we likely will wallow in the pit of self-doubt and self-criticism as we try to … Continue reading Why Do Patients Struggle With Maintaining Weight Loss Following Weight Loss Surgery

Managing Problems And Thoughts

By: Collins Hodges, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist Managing problems Fortunately, obese patients are able to work through daily decision-making processes with very little or not subjective distress. Most situations requiring a solution demand a fairly straightforward and common-sense approach to problem solving. When not overly stressed, finding ways to deal with issues unfolds in a … Continue reading Managing Problems And Thoughts

How To Make A New Year’s Resolution That Sticks

By: Danielle Houston, RDN, LD Ask anyone in the United States–and possibly the world–and they will tell you that the month of January is associated with new beginnings and New Year’s resolutions. But when it comes to resolutions, there are things that are helpful as well as unhelpful. Additionally, people who have had bariatric surgery … Continue reading How To Make A New Year’s Resolution That Sticks

What Does It Mean To Eat Mindfully?

By: Collins Hodges, PsyD – Licensed Clinical Psychologist Have you ever looked down at a bag of chips you were eating and wondered where they went? Or, have you had the experience of driving to work only to notice later that you had already eaten a portion of your prepared lunch? Other familiar examples may … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Eat Mindfully?

Dealing with Food Cravings

By: Danielle Houston, RDN, LD Having worked as a Registered Dietitian for the past year and counseling pre and post op bariatric surgery patients, I have the following statement to make: all people deal with food cravings. There are scientific reasons for this such as hormonal changes and signals sent from the brain, but more … Continue reading Dealing with Food Cravings

Emotional Eating

By: Collins Hodges, PsyD – Licensed Clinical Psychologist Experts in health psychology agree that the majority of bariatric patients turn to food as a maladaptive coping response to negative emotions. In other words, for one reason or another, people struggling with their weight often have not found healthy ways to deal with stress, sadness, guilt, … Continue reading Emotional Eating

Obesity and Self-Acceptance

Collins Hodges, PsyD – Licensed Clinical Psychologist At one time or another, all of us who have struggled with obesity fall victim to the voice of self-doubt and insecurity. This voice takes the form of seemingly automatic and negative self-talk that can be persistent, loud, discouraging, and predictably destructive to our efforts. In order to … Continue reading Obesity and Self-Acceptance

Navigating Through the Challenges of Summer

By Danielle Houston, RDN, LD With summer here, it’s time to break out the shorts, skirts and sundresses. And the thought of adorning summer attire causes a ripple of fear to go through me. Am I ready for this change in wardrobe? Pool parties mean bathing suits. Yikes! So this month, let’s talk about some … Continue reading Navigating Through the Challenges of Summer

 

Bariatric Support Group

Dr. Hodges highly recommends patients attend monthly support group meetings. The meetings are led by Dr. Collins Hodges, both a licensed clinical psychologist and someone who has had bariatric surgery himself. The support groups are offered on the first Monday of every month from 6:30pm – 7:15pm CST via an online GoToMeeting. The meetings are open to the public, and there is no charge to attend.

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