A Mini Memoir: Anorexia

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

My introductory assignment for my first class at NYU was to write a brief essay, about 1 page, that would describe a period in my life as if I were writing a mini-memoir. Here’s what I came up with. Most of you have read this story before, but it got a good grade so I…

The Scourge of Pro-Ana Content

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

If there’s anything that makes me really shake, it’s sociopaths. Well, even more than that, and this isn’t something I usually talk about with folks- so even those close to me wouldn’t know it- but the thing that really grinds my gears the most is internet pro-ana content. What the heck am I talking about?…

Dermatillomania (Excoriation) in a Bikini

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

I have a condition called dermatillomania, an anxiety (and usually OCD) based disorder that is characterized by the inability to stop picking, prodding, scraping one’s own skin. I’ve talked about it before, but here’s a quick recap of it. I’ve gone through periods of my life where hours, meaning 4 or 5, were spent on…

My future plans

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

This break’s been nice. It’s truly exhausting to put things out onto this website, knowing that a handful of people from my old school will likely comment something negative and/or hateful. I have only good things to say today, however! This fall, I’m going to be attending Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. I’m on as…

VIDEO: 3 Days in a Mentally Ill Life

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

Below is a video I made documenting 3 days in my life. I discuss panic attacks, PTSD, anxiety, dermatillomania, and my eating disorder. If seeing tears is unpalatable to you, steer clear, but otherwise I hope this is informative and offers good insight!

I’m So OCD: Inflated Sense of Responsibility

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

For my whole life, I’ve been the mom friend. Lots of people describe themselves this way. I’ve long been the good influence friend, the alcohol and drug free one who obeyed all traffic signs and only crossed at the crosswalk. It’s said that with every mental disorder, there is a degree of sensibility, and the…

6 Books That Will Enhance Your Understanding of Mental Illness

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

By now, if you’re a recurrent visitor, you’ve probably seen the short list of books I keep perched on the front page of this site. If you haven’t, every book there will be on this list, so no need to click out. I thought it might be worthwhile to expand upon it, as well as…

VIDEO: Mental Illness Assumptions

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

I’ve made a video with a list of assumptions that people often make about mental illness, and their refutations. Below that is a brief summary of what I said. I hope it’s informative! Mentally ill people are violent.So around 60% of Americans believe that there is a correlation between violence and mental illness. In reality,…

Anorexia and PTSD

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

This week, the 25th of February through the 2nd of March, is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. It’s also the last week during which I won’t be glued to my phone, hungering for college acceptance emails, but for the purposes of this site I’m going to stick to writing about eating disorders instead of fretting…

VIDEO: Daily Anorexia Recovery and the Exchange System

A sophomore at NYU, I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

I made a quick video to accompany an explanation of the exchange system, which is a method of meal planning that I was introduced to in treatment. Read on, try to ignore how flushed I am, and make sure to watch in HD 1080! One exchange is, essentially, a quantity of food that can be…

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