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

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Going to College With a Mental Health Concern

Author: Valery B. Starting college is a nerve-racking and exciting process, an event unlike any other experienced by eighteen and nineteen year olds thus far. For many of us, college is the first time we branch away from our families. Some of us travel far, while others close, but regardless of the distance, we all … Continue reading Going to College With a Mental Health Concern

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

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

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

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 … Continue reading My Scars Do Not Define Me

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

Prioritize Yourself and Your Health

Author: Valery B. On the day that I was hospitalized for anorexia and bulimia, I vowed to myself that I would do everything in my power – once I got better – to help people in similar situations gain the courage, strength and bravery to speak out about their struggles and to seek help. I … Continue reading Prioritize Yourself and Your Health

Coming into College Without Being Completely Recovered from an Eating Disorder

Author: Alex K. One of the most difficult parts of my eating disorder journey was coming into college with the disorder still intact. Surprisingly, this was even more difficult than the re-feeding process and the family method of recovery I had to go through for months before even entering my freshman year. I was used … Continue reading Coming into College Without Being Completely Recovered from an Eating Disorder

Nobody Saw Me Dying: A Struggle with Depression and Suicide

Author: Valery B. Not too long ago, I stood by my bathroom window, my head touching the cold glass. My eyes were staring into the grey mist of the world, while tears streamed down my cheeks. The moment was marked by silence. Nobody saw me. Nobody heard me. I was standing and crying – as I … Continue reading Nobody Saw Me Dying: A Struggle with Depression and Suicide