Stop and Look: Is This The Life You Want?

Author: Val Berenshtein Last weekend... I sat in the library almost all day. Studying for three exams, I did my colored notes, read through my textbooks, perused the Power Point slides. On and on and on, I continued to study and write, hoping I was retaining an amount of information that far superseded any amount … Continue reading Stop and Look: Is This The Life You Want?

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The Validity of a Silent Call for Help

Author: Val Berenshtein During the past couple of weeks... I have been spending a descent amount of time on social media – perhaps more time than I think is necessary for myself. I have been looking at status updates from my peers, articles and posts that my family shares, and photos that my friends from … Continue reading The Validity of a Silent Call for Help

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

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

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

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

The Light in the Dark Forest of Mental Illness

Author: Valery B. We come into this world as helpless human beings, relying on outside sources for survival and prosperity. Our first breaths are marked by a screaming mother, a proud –  yet scared – father, a plethora of doctors, nurses, medications, tubes, hospital gadgets and commotion.It is as if we enter a battle field … Continue reading The Light in the Dark Forest of Mental Illness

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