How to Approach the Struggles of a New Cycle or Chapter of Life

Author: Valery B. As humans, we live our lives in a compilation of cycles, a parcel of beginnings and endings that close and open chapters. Everyone bases their compilation of cycles on different things: some like to view them in terms of age, such as childhood, adolescence, adulthood and so forth, while others associate them [...]

Going to College With a Mental Health Concern

Author: Valery B. Starting college is a nerve-racking and exciting process, an event unlike any other experienced by eighteen and nineteen year olds thus far. For many of us, college is the first time we branch away from our families. Some of us travel far, while others close, but regardless of the distance, we all [...]

Time to Start the Conversation: There Is Nothing Wrong With Asking for Help

Author: Valery B We talk about diminishing the stigma around mental health, but what about acknowledging the stigma around asking for help?  At 11-years-old, I had my first, face-to-face encounter with mental health. I do not remember exactly what led me to open the internet and look up symptoms of depression, but there I was, 11-years-old, looking [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Anxiety as Seen Through the College Process

Author: Valery B. As I press the 'submit' button on my last application, I cannot help feeling the anxious excitement that comes over me: I have just sent in the documentations that would determine my future. Over the past decade, the world has seen a spike in college applications, as millions of teenagers send in [...]

No Matter Who Puts You down, Never Give Up

Author: Valery B. What is it like to constantly be put down, to endlessly be reminded that you are not succeeding, that you are not heading in the "right direction", that what you are doing and who you are becoming are simply not good enough?  I will tell you that it is not pleasant. Frankly, it [...]

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 [...]

Learning to Pursue Success Despite Failure

Author: Valery B. With summer waning down and the school year just around the corner, many students are anxiously awaiting and preparing for the challenges to come. Whether they are taking a plethora of difficult classes, managing dozens of clubs and after-school activities, or preparing for standardized tests, millions of children, adolescents and young adults [...]

Manifested Depression and Anxiety: Hannah’s Story

Author: Hannah B. Depression and anxiety are much like anorexia/bulimia. [But], at the same time, they are worlds apart in the way that one’s depression manifests itself. Disorders such as anorexia, depression, or anxiety are not fads or [things] to be romanticized. They are not made-up for attention. They are very real, very scary, and [...]