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The Person Behind the Eating Disorder

Reflections These days, I’ve been doing a LOT of reflecting on who I am. I know I’ve been doing a lot of sharing about my experiences to raise awareness about eating disorders and mental health (which I ENJOY) but… I’ve reached a point where I feel like ALL I’m sharing about is my eating disorder …

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The “I’m Not Sick Enough” Mentality

I’m not sick enough to only work part-time. I’m not sick enough to require therapy. I’m not sick enough to be forced home. I’m not sick enough to have some accountability with food. I’m not sick enough to be checked on. I’m not sick enough to get seen by a doctor. I”m not sick enough …

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Keeping My Head Above Water

Super crazy past couple of weeks. Please excuse me for being a recent college grad who just got out of an intense 5 month long eating disorder treatment program, then moved to a brand new city after 4 years in another. And for also getting a new job and starting GRE studies.  I’m finally at …

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Why I Started Mental Health Treatment

Also published on The Sola Network Not too long ago, I was discharged from a partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient eating disorder (ED) treatment program. It was a very emotional moment, especially given the fact that I’ve processed so much and tackled some of my greatest fears there. When we are discharged, we are asked to reflect …

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Challenging Black and White Thinking

There’s a concept in psychology called black and white thinking. It’s a mentality where generally, an individual tends to categorize everything into one of two categories. What does this sound like? I FAILED my test. I have NO friends. NO ONE cares. I’ll NEVER get it. I’m ALWAYS wrong. I’m a bad student. Or on …

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Change is Constant

C H A N G E. Who likes that word? looks around the room… sees a few hands awkward silence There’s one phrase that’s been bugging me my ENTIRE time in treatment. I’ve gone over this same lesson about three times now and although each time it made MORE sense… I was still uncomfortable. Until …

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Can I Just Be… Me?

I’m writing this with a voice that longs to be just honest, raw, genuine, and free. I’m gonna let it out. I’m not going to apologize, although I really want to right now.  I want to say “I’m sorry if this doesn’t make sense, or is all over the place”, “I’m sorry if this isn’t …

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Reflections on Treatment

Pre-Treatment: I think ever since I was a kid, I had a heart for those struggling emotionally and mentally. I deeply felt for those who were lonely, hurt, and/or treated differently or unfairly, even though I didn’t know what to do most of the time. I was a quiet, shy kid and didn’t really know …

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My Thoughts on Mental Health Stigma in the Church

Stigma. What is stigma? I feel like the word is tossed around a lot. We can’t talk about our mental health struggles because of STIGMA. But was is it? My definition: That silent social rule that keeps everyone hush hush about mental health struggles because we honestly don’t know enough about it and what we …