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The Ebbs and Flows of My Eating Disorder Recovery

Author: Val Berenshtein Every day... I wake up and tell myself that today is going to be a wonderful day. Every night, I go to sleep with anxiety and doubt and sadness. How is it that the nature of mental illness is to attack a human being during his or her most vulnerable and weakest … Continue reading The Ebbs and Flows of My Eating Disorder Recovery

RECOVERING FROM AN EATING DISORDER: DID I MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION COMING BACK TO SCHOOL?

Author: Val Berenshtein AS I BEGIN MY SPRING SEMESTER… of my freshman year of college, a big part of me wonders if I made the right decision coming back to school. For the past month and a half, I have been on self-recovery from anorexia nervosa and restrictive eating disorder. I like to classify this … Continue reading RECOVERING FROM AN EATING DISORDER: DID I MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION COMING BACK TO SCHOOL?

Recovering from an Eating Disorder Without My Strongest Support System Nearby

Author: Val Berenshtein I go to college... nine states away from my home. That is 891 miles away from my mother and father, away from my siblings, away from the town I grew up in, away from the safety of my four-walled bedroom, away from the love, support and nurture I depended on for so … Continue reading Recovering from an Eating Disorder Without My Strongest Support System Nearby

Stepping Off The Scale Of Self-Hate

Author: Isabella Neblett There is something particularly alluring... about the beginning of a new year that makes everyone think they will do things they never actually do. I know from experience: I still curse like a sailor; I still weigh over 150 pounds; I still live in my oversized hoodie and sweatpants despite owning cuter … Continue reading Stepping Off The Scale Of Self-Hate

My Treatment Team: Me, Myself, and I

Author: Val Berenshtein For a little over one month now... I have been recovering from anorexia and restrictive eating – the second time around. Unlike my first recovery, however, when I was in an official treatment facility, submerged within a microcosm of specialists and doctors serving a small pool of patients between the ages of … Continue reading My Treatment Team: Me, Myself, and I

The True Story of My Journey Through Eating Disorders

Author: Val Berenshtein In February of my freshman year of high school... I became ill with anorexia. At the time, however, I did not realize it. I did not even know that eating disorders existed or how serious and life-threatening these mental illnesses were. Growing up, I never had problems with food, weight or body … Continue reading The True Story of My Journey Through Eating Disorders

The Four Truths of Eating Disorder Recovery for Both Those Who Understand and Those Who May Not Understand Eating Disorders

Author: Val Berenshtein Recovery from anorexia and restrictive eating disorders... has been confusing and distressing me immensely lately. Some days, I feel like the process is really working out: my extreme hunger is dying down, I am able to allocate more of my attention to activities outside of food, and I have an increased desire … Continue reading The Four Truths of Eating Disorder Recovery for Both Those Who Understand and Those Who May Not Understand Eating Disorders

A Letter to My Younger Self

Author: Lauren S. Earlier today, I was going through an old photo album as I came across some pictures of me as a child, before most of my mental problems developed. This inspired me to come up with a list of things I would say to myself if I could go back in time.     … Continue reading A Letter to My Younger Self

The Lies an Eating Disorder Will Tell You, and the Importance of Ignoring Them

Author: Val Berenshtein I am not sick enough. I am not restricting enough. I am not hurting myself. I am just bored. I need to be busier. I have anxiety and depression. I don’t have an eating disorder. I am fine. These are the lies... my illness would seductively whisper into my ear – the … Continue reading The Lies an Eating Disorder Will Tell You, and the Importance of Ignoring Them

A False Reality: The Masterpiece of Eating Disorders

Author: Val Berenshtein When you design your life around a lie... – a false reality that looks like truth –, you sentence yourself to the earliest form of death, a form in which you are merely surviving rather than living. I wish I had realized this sooner. I wish I had realized this when I … Continue reading A False Reality: The Masterpiece of Eating Disorders