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?

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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

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

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. … Continue reading My Depression and Anxiety Are Not Who I Am: Sarah’s Story

Why It’s So Hard to Recover from an Eating Disorder Today, and What We Can Do About It

Author: Alex K. As a recovered anorexic, I think it's important for people to know how difficult it is for someone with an eating disorder or a history of an eating disorder to recover with a society like ours. I myself - as I'm sure with many others - had to recover with friends or … Continue reading Why It’s So Hard to Recover from an Eating Disorder Today, and What We Can Do About It

Silent but deadly

Author: Paige S. In my last blog post, I talked a lot about the physical issues that I had and that anyone could have because of anorexia. But, what I [had] failed to mention was the emotional turmoil an eating disorder could have on you - the person effected - and those around you. There … Continue reading Silent but deadly

My Recovery with the Maudsley Method

Author: Alex K. Usually, when a person suffering from an eating disorder begins treatment in a treatment center, he or she will have to follow the method of treatment set forth by that specific center until he or she is able to return to normal eating habits. The program I went through strictly followed the … Continue reading My Recovery with the Maudsley Method

I Can’t Smile, and This Is Why

Author: Valery B. My family does not support me - what do I do next?  For the past couple of months, I have not been able to laugh at home or even fake a smile. My lips are always curved down as to express sadness, my eyes divert gazes as to signify lost communication, my … Continue reading I Can’t Smile, and This Is Why

When Home Becomes a Major Contributor to Depression

Author: Valery B. It is not always easy living in a home where turmoil seems to be the "thing that keeps giving". When tears and angst, cruel sarcasm and disregard, screaming and door-slamming become parts of the daily routine, how do we overcome that? How do we fake a smile every time we go out … Continue reading When Home Becomes a Major Contributor to Depression

Your Life Is Worth the Fight: Valery’s Story

Author: Valery B. Eating Disorders are not choices. They are not fads or diets or temporary states of mind. A person does not wake up one morning and decide to start adhering to food rituals, unhealthy behaviors, and isolation. Eating Disorders are serious, life-threatening Mental Illnesses. They do not discriminate in who they affect and, … Continue reading Your Life Is Worth the Fight: Valery’s Story