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 [...]

Why You and I Need to Stop Being So Negative About Ourselves

Author: Valery B. For the past four years of my life, I lived each and every day with a negative outlook on my environment and the people within it. Whether that negativity showed up as demeaning self-talk or as anxiety that everyone around me was judging my every word and action, I would live life [...]

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 [...]

“To The Bone” Review

Author: Paige S. To the Bone was very, very accurate about one thing. The ending. Ellen, the main character played by Lily Collins, goes back to her treatment center after leaving the first time with a new mentality towards recovery. No one can make you recover, no matter what doctor you see, how many treatment [...]

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.

I Won’t Apologize for Being Confident When Talking About My Mental Health

Author: Valery B. On the first day of my new job as a busser, I was talking with the restaurant owner's son - a man of 40-years-old, who happens to have "some knowledge" on mental health - about the various mental illnesses I had gone through in the past four years. The topic was brought [...]

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 [...]