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

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

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

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 … Continue reading Going to College With a Mental Health Concern

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

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

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 … Continue reading Coming into College Without Being Completely Recovered from an Eating Disorder