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

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 Four Truths of Eating Disorder Recovery for Both Those Who Understand and Those Who May Not Understand Eating Disorders

Author: Val Berenshtein Recovery from anorexia and restrictive eating disorders... has been confusing and distressing me immensely lately. Some days, I feel like the process is really working out: my extreme hunger is dying down, I am able to allocate more of my attention to activities outside of food, and I have an increased desire … Continue reading The Four Truths of Eating Disorder Recovery for Both Those Who Understand and Those Who May Not Understand Eating Disorders

A Letter to My Younger Self

Author: Lauren S. Earlier today, I was going through an old photo album as I came across some pictures of me as a child, before most of my mental problems developed. This inspired me to come up with a list of things I would say to myself if I could go back in time.     … Continue reading A Letter to My Younger Self

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

I Am Not Ashamed Of My Anxiety: Kayla’s Story

Author: Kayla B. My name is Kayla Barry and I live with anxiety. Anxiety has been something I have always dealt with, but it has only become a prominent part of my life within the last few years. I remember the first time my anxiety really interfered with my life. The night before my first … Continue reading I Am Not Ashamed Of My Anxiety: Kayla’s Story