News & Media · Relationships · Uncategorized

Harry Potter and the Road to Recovery

Olivia

Founder of Millennial Girl, Interrupted, a senior in a small Connecticut high school. I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

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I’ve done a full read-through of the Harry Potter series every time I’ve been in any overnight treatment. Sometimes this has meant I’ve had a week to work with, sometimes several months. I’ve always managed, and with good reason. Tucked inside the many hundreds of pages of seemingly child-geared storytelling can be found countless golden… Continue reading Harry Potter and the Road to Recovery

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Eating · Uncategorized

Thanksgiving with an Eating Disorder

Olivia

Founder of Millennial Girl, Interrupted, a senior in a small Connecticut high school. I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

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Setting aside the shamefully imperialistic twangs that Thanksgiving often summons to my brain, Thanksgiving is a fraught holiday for me. I am, indeed, thankful for many things. I’m thankful for my friends, my dog, for my brother, and not necessarily in that order. I’m thankful for my recovery and I’m thankful for my upcoming graduation.… Continue reading Thanksgiving with an Eating Disorder

Treatment

The Value in Surrendering

Olivia

Founder of Millennial Girl, Interrupted, a senior in a small Connecticut high school. I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

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The easiest and hardest things I’ve ever had to do all involve the act of surrender. Struggling with surrendering composes much of the human condition, but I have had to surrender to the following. I can’t restrict anymore; I must surrender to my doctors. I have to eat much more than what others of my… Continue reading The Value in Surrendering

Illness · Uncategorized

2 Crafty Keys to Setting Goals (and Sticking with Them!)

Olivia

Founder of Millennial Girl, Interrupted, a senior in a small Connecticut high school. I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

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Screw SMART goals. Now that I’ve gotten that years-long, suppressed, festering expression of resentment of my high school Executive Functioning Skills class out of the way, constantly maintaining goals is a crucial element of mental health. I’ve always found SMART goals to be too rigid, structured, and therefore inaccessible to be of any help to… Continue reading 2 Crafty Keys to Setting Goals (and Sticking with Them!)

OCD · Uncategorized

I’m so OCD: Tics and Tourettic OCD

Olivia

Founder of Millennial Girl, Interrupted, a senior in a small Connecticut high school. I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

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A twitch, a bark, a swear, a jerk, a hum. Unprompted. Sounds like crazy behavior, doesn’t it? I used to be disturbed, as a young, reactive child, by such bodily functions. Why are these big, scary people humming, muttering, distorting their faces for no perceptible reason? The unknown was looming and terrifying. I stuck to… Continue reading I’m so OCD: Tics and Tourettic OCD

Illness · Uncategorized

Reflections on PTSD: Veterans Day and Beyond

Olivia

Founder of Millennial Girl, Interrupted, a senior in a small Connecticut high school. I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

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Today is a national day of observance of Veterans Day, though the holiday was technically yesterday, November 11th. Holiday never did seem like quite the right way to describe the day, to me. It seems too positively connoted. None of my nuclear or extended family have served that I know of, so I generally spend… Continue reading Reflections on PTSD: Veterans Day and Beyond

News & Media · Relationships

A Star is Born: 3 Observations on Relationships and Suicide

Olivia

Founder of Millennial Girl, Interrupted, a senior in a small Connecticut high school. I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

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Warning: Spoilers, obviously! A Star is Born is an artful movie that masterfully tackles the issues of addiction, suicide, and toxic (specifically, non-toxic) relationships. I had the pleasure of seeing it the other day in an empty theater, sunken into a beanbag chair that by the time the halfway point of the movie came around,… Continue reading A Star is Born: 3 Observations on Relationships and Suicide

OCD · Uncategorized

I’m so OCD: Intrusive Thoughts

Olivia

Founder of Millennial Girl, Interrupted, a senior in a small Connecticut high school. I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

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At the crux of the anguish of most OCD sufferers is the obsessive thought. The originator of the obsessive compulsive cycle, it is the result of a genetic predisposition that is given size and shape by childhood influences. My brain was born with the tendency to obsess, and compulse (I'm inventing the word, shh!) accordingly.… Continue reading I’m so OCD: Intrusive Thoughts

Illness · School · Uncategorized

The Extroverted Couch Potato

Katie Suss

Anxious Bunnyrabbit, Ltd. Reverse the stigma one healthy conversation at a time. #mentalhealthmatters

Salutations, dear readers. Katie here. Because our fearless leader here at Millennial Girl, Interrupted is a generous human who strives for inclusivity and a variety of perspectives, I will be guest writing on this fine blog (hopefully more than once). Below, I hope to shed some light on my personal experience with anxiety and to… Continue reading The Extroverted Couch Potato

School

The Truth About School Avoidance

Olivia

Founder of Millennial Girl, Interrupted, a senior in a small Connecticut high school. I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

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One of the most common manifestations of the mental illnesses I’ve both endured and witnessed is school avoidance. It crops up both in high school, when one can be labeled truant, and in college, when one can simply fail out of the institution. It’s also one of the most commonly misunderstood symptoms of illnesses like… Continue reading The Truth About School Avoidance