Megan Pietrucha, Psy.D., LLC

Megan Pietrucha, Psy.D., LLC Dr. Pietrucha is available for: consultation, workshops, individual counseling and personal coaching. Megan Pietrucha, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois.
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She completed her masters and doctoral coursework in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Pietrucha specializes in working with adolescents and adults. Her clinical interests include the treatment of eating disorders, binge eating and weight loss, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, health and wellness, personal coaching, and sport psychology. Dr. Piet

She completed her masters and doctoral coursework in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Pietrucha specializes in working with adolescents and adults. Her clinical interests include the treatment of eating disorders, binge eating and weight loss, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, health and wellness, personal coaching, and sport psychology. Dr. Piet

Operating as usual

A statement from the APA about science, mental illness and mass shootings.
08/06/2019

A statement from the APA about science, mental illness and mass shootings.

05/04/2019
TED

for the someone who needs to hear this today... i hope you have people in your life who move forward with you. ❤️

"A grieving person is going to laugh again and smile again. Yes, they're going to move forward. But that doesn't mean that they've moved on."

Read our newest TED Book, “The Hot Young Widows Club,” a wise and humorous guide for anyone going through a challenging time: go.ted.com/widowsclub

Eating Disorders Coalition
11/16/2018
Eating Disorders Coalition

Eating Disorders Coalition

Experts believe that the focus and drive of elite #athletes is what puts them at a higher risk of developing an eating disorder. Jessie Diggins hopes that by becoming a spokesperson for The Emily Program, she can help others struggling with eating disorders & encourage them to seek help. Thank you, Jessie! https://bit.ly/2zaXej2

08/30/2018
Dearly Presents

This is an inspiring way to save lives. Sharing simple reminders of someone’s worth and value are never wasted: You matter. Your life matters. It’s always darkest before there is light. Keep going. You can do this. People love you and believe in you.

She's already stopped six suicides so far...

Think eating disorder are only a female issue? Think again! Eating disorders don’t discriminate. Athletes of any gender ...
04/26/2018
Eating Disorders Coalition

Think eating disorder are only a female issue? Think again! Eating disorders don’t discriminate. Athletes of any gender can struggle with eating disorders.

A 2014 study by The Sport Journal found that about 18 percent of male high school cross-country runners are at risk for an eating disorder. Eating disorders in male athletes tend to go unnoticed by coaches, teammates, and sports medicine experts.https://bit.ly/2GxQIFp

Our relationship with food can be complex as the author of this article discusses:
04/13/2018
My double life as a food writer and bulimic

Our relationship with food can be complex as the author of this article discusses:

For years, Louise Gray lived with a secret. She was a respected food writer, but she’d also struggled with a serious eating disorder since her teens. Here she reveals how she coped

Tips for navigating the holiday and your recovery
11/22/2017
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

Tips for navigating the holiday and your recovery

This time of year can be difficult for those in eating disorder recovery. Check out this helpful guide for tips and inspiration.

What recovery tips would you add to this list?

"Yes, I was insecure about my body, but the weight was just a scapegoat for a much deeper self-loathing and inability to...
10/31/2017
Body image concerns are a symptom of eating disorders—not the cause

"Yes, I was insecure about my body, but the weight was just a scapegoat for a much deeper self-loathing and inability to cope."

Suggesting there is a direct correlation between attitudes about bodies and eating disorders indicates a gross misunderstanding of how eating disorders work.

07/21/2017
JEFF BROWN

JEFF BROWN

It has been my experience that the one that families call the “crazy one” is often the sane one. This is particularly true in very dysfunctional families where ideas of healthy functioning are turned upside down. In these families, members often repress their authentic feelings and turn against anyone who reminds them of their unresolved issues and patterns. As a result, the truth-speakers, the ones who refuse to contain their feelings, those who challenge and humanize the toxic status quo, are often scapegoated and vilified, made to feel crazy by those who lack the courage and insight to see beyond the family's madness. If you have been labeled the 'crazy one', take heart. You are truly not alone. Most great creators and paradigm shifters were met with fiery resistance by those afraid to grow. Whatever you do, do not allow your voice to fade away in the face of their messaging. Your voice, your vision, your ways of being, live at the heart of your unique soul's journey and are the key to collective transformation. No one has the right to bury them under a bushel of shame. No one! And remember- what is crazy to an unconscious person is often brilliantly sane to one who is awakening. Without you, we are lost. Blessed be the 'crazy' ones!

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
06/27/2017
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

A relapse doesn't mean you've failed at eating disorder recovery. Here are 10 ways to cope when you feel like you’re starting to slip back into old patterns.

This looks like a good way to bring awareness to the prevalence of eating disorders in sport.
04/20/2017
Eating Disorders Coalition

This looks like a good way to bring awareness to the prevalence of eating disorders in sport.

"While watching the trailer for former competitive figure skater Nancy Kerrigan’s upcoming documentary, “Why Don’t You Lose 5 Pounds?” about athletes’ eating disorders, I found myself thinking about the what-ifs when I was an athlete. What if I was educated about eating disorders? What if I was on a team where it was normal to talk about eating disorders? What if?"

Being a student-athlete can be a rich and rewarding experience but can also come with a demanding schedule and role stra...
03/28/2017
Association for Applied Sport Psychology: Understanding Student-Athlete Burnout

Being a student-athlete can be a rich and rewarding experience but can also come with a demanding schedule and role strain. Have you ever felt like you were losing your passion for playing or like you were just going through the motions? It's important to recognize when you're feeling signs of burnout and allow your mind and body time to recover.

The human body needs recovery to thrive. Without it, performance can begin to suffer and/or an athlete can start breaking down. The state of burnout is often regarded as the endpoint of this breakdown process and is characterized by the absence of motivation as well as complete mental and physical e...

Eating Disorders Coalition
01/14/2017
Eating Disorders Coalition

Eating Disorders Coalition

Many eating disorders therapists credit Princess Diana’s bravery with saving the lives of many people who suffer from bulimia. Princess Diana allowed her personal battle with bulimia to become public, which is only one reason that she is so beloved and will continue to be influential, even after her death in 1997.

Eating disorders can sometimes get overlooked or even encouraged in elite and college sports. It's important to remember...
12/08/2016
Runner's World

Eating disorders can sometimes get overlooked or even encouraged in elite and college sports. It's important to remember that your physical health is only 1 piece of the puzzle to peak performance and to address the physical and emotional aspects of competition together. Encourage the importance of a healthy athlete and person!

She never allowed herself to feel full. She thought about food almost constantly, plotting how much of her lunch she could leave on the plate.

Its always the season for gratitude. Read how gratitude can make you a more resilient athlete (and person).
11/15/2016
Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)

Its always the season for gratitude. Read how gratitude can make you a more resilient athlete (and person).

Research shows that young athletes who are grateful seem less susceptible to burn out and are healthier overall.

11/10/2016
ppc.sas.upenn.edu

Let's use what's happening in the US as an opportunity to initiate positive change! How about learning more ways we can incorporate mental health issues into public policy?! "Indicators of social progress are the primary drivers of public policy. If existing economic measures of prosperity are complemented with wellbeing metrics that better capture changes in individuals’ quality of life, decision makers will be better informed to assess and design policy." (Adler & Seligman, 2016)

If you're interested in learning more about how this can be done, check out the full article here:
https://ppc.sas.upenn.edu/sites/neutron_ppc/files/wellbeingpublicpolicy.pdf
#positivepsychology #mentalhealthandgovernment #publicpolicy

11/09/2016

Feel angry. Feel sad. Feel confused. Feel fear. Feel disappointment. Feel ashamed.

Act kindly. Act bravely. Act fairly. Act in service of others. Let what you feel move you to purpose. Do not let fear become you or your actions.

I'm going to choose to be more active in my field promoting women's rights and social justice with regards to mental health. I'm going to immerse myself in the research and public policy to find places where I can make a difference. I'm going to practice loving kindness to strangers today and everyday more than ever.

Today's a good day to ask people how they are doing and actually stop to listen and have a conversation.

Donate to activist organizations that reflect your values and other community projects. Volunteer. That's where I choose to start letting my emotions inform my actions.

Where will you start?

Education is one of the keys to prevention. Get in the know about mental health and eating disorders, especially the eve...
10/05/2016

Education is one of the keys to prevention. Get in the know about mental health and eating disorders, especially the everyday dangers of dieting and social media on body image.

It's Mental Health Awareness Week! If you or someone you know is struggling, call the NEDA Helpline at 800-931-2237 or text 'NEDA' to 741741 in a crisis. #MIAW2016

09/21/2016

Today is #worldgratitudeday! What are you grateful for today?

09/20/2016

Research suggests exercising within 4 hours after learning something new helps to retain it! Read then run! 📔🏃🏼#sportpsych #run #psychology

Have you ever experienced the post-race/competition blues? If so, you're not alone. Read more about how post-competition...
08/23/2016
Carrie Cheadle's Mental Skills Training for Athletes

Have you ever experienced the post-race/competition blues? If so, you're not alone. Read more about how post-competition experiences can be difficult and how you can recover and get back in the game.

When you go after a big goal, there can be a normal feeling of "let-down" afterwards, even when you accomplish your goal. This article has some great thoughts from my colleagues about the challenges that may come post-event.

08/22/2016

#chitri race week is here! May ur tapers be smooth, ur sleep be sound, ur mind be strong, and the LSD potholes be filled ;) @ChicagoTri

08/19/2016
espnW

Competition is just as much about vulnerability as it is about strength. They are opposite sides of the same coin. Kerri Walsh Jennings's message reflects the true champion she is. Congrats and go USA! 🇺🇸🏆🏐

"You have to be vulnerable. You have to be willing to fail, to look silly ... but put your whole heart into something and you're going to get results."

08/17/2016

Anyone else notice Devon Allen using tapping for focus before the 110m hurdle finals? #OregonDucks #RioOlympics2016 #USAforgold #sportpsych

Emotional eating is often a way to soothe distressing feelings and can be a difficult pattern to break. Here are some su...
07/08/2016
Do You Eat to Soothe? Breaking Free of Emotion-Driven Eating

Emotional eating is often a way to soothe distressing feelings and can be a difficult pattern to break. Here are some suggestions to help soothe without food:

If you find yourself eating despite not being hungry, or experiencing unexplained urges to eat, these patterns may be emotion-driven. Consider these six tips.

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