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

Stop and Look: Is This The Life You Want?

Author: Val Berenshtein Last weekend... I sat in the library almost all day. Studying for three exams, I did my colored notes, read through my textbooks, perused the Power Point slides. On and on and on, I continued to study and write, hoping I was retaining an amount of information that far superseded any amount … Continue reading Stop and Look: Is This The Life You Want?

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

My Treatment Team: Me, Myself, and I

Author: Val Berenshtein For a little over one month now... I have been recovering from anorexia and restrictive eating – the second time around. Unlike my first recovery, however, when I was in an official treatment facility, submerged within a microcosm of specialists and doctors serving a small pool of patients between the ages of … Continue reading My Treatment Team: Me, Myself, and I

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

My Struggle With Anxiety And Depression: Julianna’s Story

Author: Julianna T. My name is Julianna Tsokanos and I have depression and anxiety. For years I have not been able to admit those things to myself, and maybe that's why I’m here, why I’m writing this. I have been so unhappy for so long, and I think I should be able to come to … Continue reading My Struggle With Anxiety And Depression: Julianna’s Story

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

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