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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Self-Care Requires Distancing Yourself From Hurtful People in Your Life

Author: Valery B. If anyone makes you feel inadequate, that person does not belong in your life. Whether it is a friend, a parent, a grandparent, an aunt, uncle, cousin, a neighbor, a teacher, or anyones else, if a person brings you down, always looks for the things that are wrong with you, does not [...]

Self-Love, Self-Acceptance and Positivity Are the Best Remedies for Conquering and Overcoming Any Obstacle

Author: Valery B. The other day, something pretty extraordinary happened to me - something that had never happened before. I got up in the morning, ready to start my usual routine, when I looked into the mirror and noticed the blemishes that were spread across my face: a patch of skin here, darker than the [...]

Winning a Battle Over Depression and Anxiety: Sara’s Story

Author: Sara B. When dealing with a mental illness, reaching out for help can be extremely taunting and hard.  I am sharing my story with you so that you can see how I went from hiding my pain to talking to others and searching for the correct treatment that could help me get better.  I [...]

My Experience with Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder

Author: Lauren S Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder is a mental disorder in which the person may be undergoing a sort of out-of-body experience. Whoever is suffering from this disorder may feel loosened from their body or surroundings and may feel that their life is ceased by unreality. Dealing with this disorder is absolutely terrifying, or at least [...]

My Depression and Anxiety Are Not Who I Am: Sarah’s Story

Author: Sarah M. I am not my anxiety. I am not my panic disorder. I am not my depression, and I am not my suicidal ideations. I am not my irrational thoughts about not wanting to leave my house. I am not my thoughts about wanting to crash my car, and I am not dramatic. [...]

Recovery Is All About Giving Yourself Time to Heal

Author: Valery B. People who do not understand mental illnesses always look at me with bug-eyed wonder when I tell them that I am still recovering from eating disorders - despite my treatment being terminated for two years now - and that I will continue to recover for a very long time.

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 [...]