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

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Beneath the Surface: the Things You Won’t See

Author: Val Berenshtein As I walk down the streets... stroll around campus, attend classes and interact with peers, what you will see is an outer representation of happiness, contentment, inner peace and wholeness. I do my best to hold my head up high, to participate in my classes, to get involved in conversations around me, … Continue reading Beneath the Surface: the Things You Won’t See

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

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 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

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