Mental health is a stigmatized topic of conversation. More specifically, mental illness. This isn’t anything new, and while the topic has gained ground in terms of being more socially accepted, and further, discussed, mental health conversations aren’t anywhere near where they should be regarding advocacy and awareness. We’re certainly moving in the right direction, but … More Read this before approaching someone about their mental health
Mental illness is something that I’m quite passionate about because of my own experiences with it. I’ve said it on here many times already, but in case you’re new to my blog, I dealt with a combination of three eating disorders when I was in high school; I have Generalized Anxiety disorder; I have Obsessive-Compulsive … More The significance of understanding that mental illness isn’t objective
Eating disorder awareness, education and advocacy are all causes that are of tremendous importance to me. I struggled with a combination of different eating disorders when I was 16 and wasn’t able to really get a handle on my condition until I was just about 18 – I’m in a significantly better place now, mentally … More Are you familiar with NEDA?
Mental health issues have, unfortunately, become something that a lot of us are far too familiar with, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Whether you were already dealing with mental illness and have found your condition to be intensified thanks to the coronavirus, or if you have never experienced mental illness prior to this pandemic … More The importance of patience when it comes to mental health recovery
Mental health concerns and complications are arguably at an all-time high in a global context as of late, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. More and more of us are dealing with various forms of mental illness, some of which may have been present prior to the pandemic, others which are experiencing the onset of mental … More The importance of understanding that mental health isn’t a quick fix
The week of February 22-28 marks the 2021 National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. This initiative has always been near and dear to my heart as a result of my own personal experience with an eating disorder, but I firmly believe it should have more relevance to many more people, regardless or not if they have … More Bringing recognition to National Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Yesterday afternoon, I received a text from Bell reminding me that today is #BellLetsTalkDay. I made a mental note to be sure to use the hashtag across social media platforms as I normally do. Last night, I got to thinking about the matter and realized I should probably put my thoughts onto some virtual paper. … More #BellLetsTalkDay
I’ve made mention of my experience with an eating disorder here on my blog before, and today, we are going to sort of revisit the topic. Rather than discussing the details of my disordered eating, I wanted to share with you something that happened a few days ago that truly demonstrates how much it pays … More It pays to communicate
I’ve written a few different posts here on my blog discussing the long-term implications of eating disorders and the physical havoc they wreak on a body. The lasting effects of an eating disorder and undeniable for its victims, making it difficult to forget enduring such a debilitating condition. I would argue many of us are … More Finding hope in eating disorder recovery
Calorie restriction is a pretty popular component of a lot of diet plans around today. In fact, calorie restriction has been associated with the concept of dieting for a loooong time; too long, in my opinion. For whatever reason, a lot of diet plans somewhat orientate themselves around the idea of not only cutting, but … More This is why counting calories is so toxic
I’m willing to bet that a lot of us are seeing or hearing about Adele’s weight loss as of late. After posting an image to her Instagram account to celebrate her 30th birthday, there was a social media frenzy regarding the singers appearance in the photo. Her photo prompted an outpouring of comments, posts and … More Stop making someone else’s weight your business
Eating disorders are a sincerely cruel form of mental illness. They toy with our thoughts and emotions and often times (speaking from experience) leave a lasting mark on those they happen to take hold of. Performing somewhat normally on a day-to-day basis while living with an eating disorder is no easy feat, let alone in … More Why are we encouraging body dysmorphia in a pandemic?
Mental illness is something I’m quite passionate about. Not only because I deal with it myself, but also because of the devastating impact it can have on the people we know and love, which I’ve also been exposed to. I had anorexia and bulimia in the past, and from that I developed depression and anxiety, … More The dangers of self-diagnosing mental illness
I’m a relatively open person, therefore I have no hesitancy to share my past experiences with an eating disorder with others. I think it’s important to discuss taboo and/or stigmatized topics in order to better understand them, and conversation can be one of the most effective ways to generate familiarity with things we may not … More Navigating eating disorder thoughts
When it comes to mental illness, one of the most effective ways to understand it is through conversation. I often say that unless you’re chatting with someone who has dealt with mental illness themselves, it’s difficult to convey what exactly it entails. Talking to someone about a mental illness you’ve both experienced can be one … More Let’s talk about mental illness
Eating disorders are very much the type of mental illness that affect us physically, in the long-run, far more than we may realize while dealing with the disorder itself. I dealt with a combination of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia when I was in high school, followed by a bout of binge eating disorder while I … More The long-term effects of eating disorders
Eating disorders are hell on their own, but dealing with one during the holidays adds an extra emphasis of anxiety that most people are unfamiliar with. While I have been in remission of my own eating disorder for a couple of years now, I still have thoughts that arise almost daily, attempting to convince me … More Dealing with an eating disorder during the holidays
When most people hear or think of the condition Anorexia, it’s arguable that thoughts of excessive thinness come to mind. According to a study conducted by the University of Melbourne, however, re-published by Eurekalert, many individuals who are hospitalized as a result of Anorexia fail to fit into the underweight category, and are instead often … More Being Anorexic doesn’t necessarily mean being underweight
As I mentioned on here a while ago, I have started seeing a therapist in hopes of getting a handle on my anxiety and minor depression. My anxiety is moderate to severe, whereas my depression is mild, only flaring up from time to time. I saw my therapist last week, and I found it to … More Embracing discomfort
An article from Women’s Health recently caught my attention as it discusses some insensitive comments that were made by the Kardashian siblings towards Kim, regarding her recent weight loss. The article reports that siblings Khloe and Kendall claimed Kim looks like a walking Face Tune doll, and according to other sources Kim’s Instagram stories), the siblings … More Here’s How The Kardashians Are Supporting Eating Disorder Culture
My mom recently showed me an article she came across written by a woman who thoroughly researches eating disorder recovery. This woman experienced an eating disorder herself and still remains in recovery, and the article contains her account of how to go about recovering from an eating disorder in the most effective means possible. Reading … More Is There A ‘Right’ Way to Recover from An Eating Disorder?
A couple of days ago I had a heart-to-heart conversation with someone close to me about the amount of judgment that exists in contemporary society regarding plus-size individuals. The stigma surrounding overweight people has always bothered me, but the conversation I had with someone I love who happens to be a victim to this stigma … More Why Someone Else’s Weight Is None of Your Business
In the simplest terms, responding to the question that titles this post, no, they don’t. If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’re likely aware that I am an advocate for educating individuals about eating disorders and the consequences they leave in their wake long after they’ve ‘passed.’ I struggled with an … More Do Eating Disorders Ever Fully Go Away?
I came across an article via Global News titled “‘Clean Eating’ Trend Has Eating Disorder Specialists Concerned.” The article by Leslie Young offers a lot of insightful information regarding the potential dangers affiliated with clean eating, therefore I wanted to discuss it here on my blog. Clean eating, by definition, involves consuming minimally processed foods and … More Is ‘Clean Eating’ Dangerous?
February 26th to March 4th marks National Eating Disorder Awareness Week for the 2018 year. Every year I take it upon myself to post something to social media signifying my own experience with an eating disorder in hopes of potentially helping others who may be suffering in silence. By choosing to be transparent in regard … More Helping Eating Disorder Victims