Recently, I was shown a set of tweets, which may have been well-intentioned, from a mental health professional and a campaigner, trying to create some sort of exposé on the healthiness and purity of a type of dietary lifestyle. To the public, this may seem like a discussion into the reality of some healthy food. … Continue reading Orthorexia: A Dangerous Coping Strategy in Plain Sight
Disclaimer: This post discusses eating disorders, anxiety, body image/distortion/dysmorphia, and other mental health illness and difficulties. My eating disorder promised me a lot. My eating disorder crept into my mind and my body, when I was trying to find some way to cope with a dysfunctional environment and trauma imposed upon my life, and planted … Continue reading The Promises and The Reality
As a mental health campaigner, namely in eating disorders, I have become involved in a community full of individuals with similar lived experiences of mental health such as depression, anxiety, and, of course, eating disorders. This community has allowed me to feel heard and supported. I have people to reach out to, and people reach … Continue reading Bringing a Chair to the Table: Validating My Illness
I finally got some paint and began to refurbish my room. This meant a lot of looking through bags of old university things and other miscellanous items, and deciding if I should keep them. Yes, I did give the Marie Kondo if it sparks joy approach, and it turns out a lot of the stuff … Continue reading Five Years Later
A few months ago, the first case of COVID-19 (or as it's more colloquially known: coronavirus) was discovered, and since then, it has spread like wildfire. So far, nearly 250,000 cases have been reported with just over 10,000 of those cases resulting in death. Fortunately, there are more survivors of the illness than deaths, but, … Continue reading Stockpiling, Sickness, and Safe foods: Eating Disorders in a Pandemic
You support the family. You support the friends. You support the colleagues. You support everyone. If you do this, you support the person with the eating disorder.
An eating disorder is a powerful thing. It can ruin many years of your life. It can take away your joy to eat. It can damage your body nearly beyond repair. It can leave lasting physical problems. It embeds itself in your mind like a parasite. It is consuming. It is enduring. And, it can rob you entirely of your identity.