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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Coming into College Without Being Completely Recovered from an Eating Disorder

Author: Alex K. One of the most difficult parts of my eating disorder journey was coming into college with the disorder still intact. Surprisingly, this was even more difficult than the re-feeding process and the family method of recovery I had to go through for months before even entering my freshman year. I was used [...]

More Than My Appearance: Review On “Revenge Body”

Author: Paige S. After a lot of thinking and reading, I cannot help but write a blog on the new show, Revenge Body, by Khloe Kardashian. Someone as famous as a Kardashian can set a very, very bad example for young girls, emphasizing that our self worth is solely based on physical appearances. A popular [...]

I Am Not My Body

Author: Alex K. I am not my body, and neither are you. I cannot stress enough how heartbreaking it is that many of us hold how we look and what others think of us so highly. I have never once in my life been truly happy with the way I looked, and I’m sure I’m not [...]

A College Eating Disorder

Author: Alex K. When I was in the depths of my eating disorder, I wasn’t even sure if I would make it to college. But, I did, and I have experienced the best year of my life. I have met people that have changed my life and made me a different person, in the best [...]

When the Reflection is Never Good Enough

Author: Alex K. I know first hand how it feels to never be satisfied with the way you look when you see yourself in the mirror. From as long ago as I can remember, I have never loved what I saw looking back at me. Following recovery, I have had even worse body image than [...]