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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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 On and on and on, I continued to study and write, hoping I was retaining an amount of information that far superseded any amount … Continue reading Stop and Look: Is This The Life You Want?

How to Approach the Struggles of a New Cycle or Chapter of Life

Author: Valery B. As humans, we live our lives in a compilation of cycles, a parcel of beginnings and endings that close and open chapters. Everyone bases their compilation of cycles on different things: some like to view them in terms of age, such as childhood, adolescence, adulthood and so forth, while others associate them … Continue reading How to Approach the Struggles of a New Cycle or Chapter of Life

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

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

Self-Care Requires Distancing Yourself From Hurtful People in Your Life

Author: Valery B. If anyone makes you feel inadequate, that person does not belong in your life. Whether it is a friend, a parent, a grandparent, an aunt, uncle, cousin, a neighbor, a teacher, or anyones else, if a person brings you down, always looks for the things that are wrong with you, does not … Continue reading Self-Care Requires Distancing Yourself From Hurtful People in Your Life

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

My Experience with Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder

Author: Lauren S Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder is a mental disorder in which the person may be undergoing a sort of out-of-body experience. Whoever is suffering from this disorder may feel loosened from their body or surroundings and may feel that their life is ceased by unreality. Dealing with this disorder is absolutely terrifying, or at least … Continue reading My Experience with Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder

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

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