The Scourge of Pro-Ana Content

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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?…

6 Books That Will Enhance Your Understanding of Mental Illness

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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…

Anorexia and PTSD

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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…

VIDEO: “Ed” as an Abusive Inner Voice

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The following is a video essay that I put together on the topic of the distinctive and abusive eating disordered voice. I put a lot of heart into it, despite the first couple of minutes being blurry(!)- which turning it to HD will help with- but you can also read the transcript below the video,…

Eating Disorders in a Bikini

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It’s winter break, which means that plenty of families, at least around where I live, are making a mad dash for the warmer escapes of the world. My family is one of those; we’re staying on a Florida beach for my school system’s allotted break time. It’s manageable for me now, but when my eating…

Parenting Mentally Ill Children: Part 1

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In the ages-old clash between nature and nurture, when it comes to mental illness, there is no right answer. Mental illness is often genetic; I’ve been asked by every doctor I’ve ever seen about family history of mental illness. Almost every disorder, too, is at least somehow affected by a person’s upbringing, from infancy to…

Thanksgiving with an Eating Disorder

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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….

I’m so OCD: Anorexia and OCD

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I’m so OCD is a recurring theme. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is my primary diagnosis and I’ve noticed that there are many circulating misconceptions and misunderstandings of the disorder. I’ll be writing about different compulsions and areas within OCD’s jurisdiction, in the hopes that discussion of it will help foster understanding and compassion. Warning: some of…

What the 12 Steps Can Do for You

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Though often the first level of mental healthcare folks are exposed to, “___ Anonymous” groups are the treatment type I’ve been least exposed to. When I was in treatment for my eating disorder, however, I was introduced to Eating Disorders Anonymous. I also attended, though they weren’t mandatory for me, the nightly Alcoholics and/or Narcotics…

What to Expect When You Ask for Help

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I can think of a handful of powerful reasons for my not wanting to ask for help with my eating disorder. I was afraid of what losing my vice grip on my body would mean for my other disorders. I was afraid of admitting that my obsessive exercise and restriction was not strong, after all,…

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