Recovery from Eating Disorders: Struggles and Setbacks

Author: Val Berenshtein Recovering from a mental illness... is one of the hardest things anyone can undergo. It is a scary, confusing, debilitating process that pushes an individual to blindly step into the unknown and place his or her trust in an intangible idea: overcoming the darkness and finding the light. I can attest first … Continue reading Recovery from Eating Disorders: Struggles and Setbacks

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The Power of Self-Worth in Discovering Your Happiness

Author: Val Berenshtein The other day... something quite extraordinary happened to me. I was sitting in my college dorm room, finishing up some homework that was not due until next week, when I stopped and just stared at the wall. In front of my eyes, I saw the rawest reflection of myself that I have … Continue reading The Power of Self-Worth in Discovering Your Happiness

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

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 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

EDNOS: My Experience With the Unnoticed Disorder

Author: Lauren S. EDNOS, also known as ‘Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified,’ is an eating disorder where an individual experiences the dangerous behaviors of eating disorders but does not meet the criteria for bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, or binge eating disorder. A common misconception with eating disorders is that to have an eating disorder, the … Continue reading EDNOS: My Experience With the Unnoticed Disorder

My Scars Do Not Define Me

Author: Lauren S. Many people use self harm as a coping mechanism, as it is thought to release chemicals in the brain that make us - those with mental illness - feel happier. Although there are other forms of self harm, including punching, scratching, pinching, and hair-pulling, some forms, such as cutting and burning, can … Continue reading My Scars Do Not Define Me

Why It’s So Hard to Recover from an Eating Disorder Today, and What We Can Do About It

Author: Alex K. As a recovered anorexic, I think it's important for people to know how difficult it is for someone with an eating disorder or a history of an eating disorder to recover with a society like ours. I myself - as I'm sure with many others - had to recover with friends or … Continue reading Why It’s So Hard to Recover from an Eating Disorder Today, and What We Can Do About It

A Struggle With Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Casey’s Story

Author: Casey L. Body Dysmorphic Disorder: a mental illness involving obsessive focus on a perceived flaw in appearance. While this little-known mental illness may sound like a minor problem for someone also dealing with depression and anxiety (a different story for a different day), that was unfortunately not the case for me. This illness managed … Continue reading A Struggle With Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Casey’s Story

What a Life of Self-Hatred Looks Like

Author: Valery B. My family tells me that I am beautiful. My friends tell me that I am one of the sweetest people they know. My teachers praise me for my knowledge and my peers believe me to be a very intellectual young adult. People tell me that they are jealous of the confidence I … Continue reading What a Life of Self-Hatred Looks Like