Treatment

“Recovery” and Chronic Mental Illnesses: PTSD and Addictions

Olivia Epley

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 feel as if, sometimes, the impression I give off is that I’m “better” or “recovered.” In a way, this is true. I have the best hold over myself that I ever have. I slip up on occasion, but my command of my illnesses is unmatched by any other period of my life. I’ve been… Continue reading “Recovery” and Chronic Mental Illnesses: PTSD and Addictions

    Videos

    VIDEO: 3 Days in a Mentally Ill Life

    Olivia Epley

    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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      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! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtnKY4k7RF8

      OCD

      I’m So OCD: Inflated Sense of Responsibility

      Olivia Epley

      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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        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… Continue reading I’m So OCD: Inflated Sense of Responsibility

        Relationships

        Honesty: Therapeutic and Interpersonal

        Olivia Epley

        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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          Honesty is a crucial tenet of recovery from mental illness. It’s important to be honest with those around you, and I’ll discuss precisely why. It’s perhaps more important to be honest with yourself, however. Self awareness is a saving grace, and is a prerequisite to healing from mental illness. I consider myself to be a… Continue reading Honesty: Therapeutic and Interpersonal

          News & Media

          6 Books That Will Enhance Your Understanding of Mental Illness

          Olivia Epley

          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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            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… Continue reading 6 Books That Will Enhance Your Understanding of Mental Illness

            Relationships

            Mental illness isn’t a personality trait, and it definitely isn’t a relationship maker

            Olivia Epley

            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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              “Just because she likes the same bizarro crap you do, doesn’t mean she’s your soulmate.”- 500 Days of Summer I used to hate this quote. I thought that same-ness was what made two people compatible. The more the better, pile on the similarities. If myself and another person could melt into each other as seeming… Continue reading Mental illness isn’t a personality trait, and it definitely isn’t a relationship maker

              Videos

              VIDEO: Mental Illness Assumptions

              Olivia Epley

              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 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! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIdvtdfa8NY Mentally ill people are violent.So around 60% of Americans believe that there is a correlation between violence and mental illness. In… Continue reading VIDEO: Mental Illness Assumptions

                Eating

                Anorexia and PTSD

                Olivia Epley

                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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                  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… Continue reading Anorexia and PTSD

                  Videos

                  VIDEO: Daily Anorexia Recovery and the Exchange System

                  Olivia Epley

                  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 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! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2ZdAqaAAAo One exchange is, essentially, a quantity of food that can… Continue reading VIDEO: Daily Anorexia Recovery and the Exchange System

                    Treatment

                    Photos: Scenes from a Mental Hospital

                    Olivia Epley

                    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 compiled a set of items, papers, and other memorabilia from my two stays in mental hospitals. I've been in significant inpatient treatment twice, and have accrued quite a box of items to remember those stays by. Hopefully, sharing these pictures with you, accompanied by brief descriptions, will help you develop a better understanding of… Continue reading Photos: Scenes from a Mental Hospital