7 Things We Need To Stop Saying To People Taking Antidepressants

I can’t tell you how many times someone has said something judgmental about “people taking antidepressants” to my face. Hi! That’s me! And with 15–23% of the overall population per state in the US taking some form of mental health medication, likely at least a few people you know are on antidepressants as well. So why do we put up … [Read more...]

The BMI Is Bullshit, and Other Thoughts From My Doctor’s Office

“Here, take these,” he said. “We give them to everyone.” I stared at the nurse and reached for the papers he was holding. I had been to this clinic several times before, and my appointments had never ended like this. His tone remained relatively normal, although he seemed uncomfortable. He smiled and leaned toward me to show … [Read more...]

Eating & Living: A Recipe Book for Eating Disorder Recovery

Eating disorders aren’t about the food. They’re about the fear, shame, judgment, anxiety, lack of self, and a whole host of other difficult emotions that manifest themselves through food and weight—not about the food. Except when they are. Because there comes a point when, whatever form of disordered eating you may be … [Read more...]

Walking with a Friend Toward Her Final Days: A Review of Shell

By Lisbeth Leftwich How would you react if you found out you only had a year to live? It's a hypothetical question we can ask ourselves, but rarely are any of us given the knowledge that our time left on Earth is so limited. For Michelle Stewart, author of Shell: One Woman's Final Year After a Lifelong Struggle with Anorexia and … [Read more...]

When Wellness Makes You Unwell

By Francesca Baker Early on in my recovery from an eating disorder, a vegan friend of mine started musing on the crossover between eating disorders and veganism. "I bet there's loads," he said. "It's the perfect excuse." In many ways, he's right. The wellness industry is vast, attractive, and profitable—in fact, the US … [Read more...]

Decolonizing Eating Disorder Treatments

By Sheena Roetman for Sovereign Bodies, cross-posted with permission When most people think about eating disorders, they most likely conjure up a very specific image—a thin, white, upper-class woman. After all, eating disorders have been considered “a rich girl’s disease” for quite some time. A quick Google search for eating … [Read more...]

Learning From Life: The Value of Peer-led Therapy for Eating Disorders

By Francesca Baker At the recovery college where I have been volunteering, there's a fantastically inspiring coach called Jeanette. She runs a group on assertiveness, the goal of which is to help individuals accessing secondary mental health services, like specialist mental health workers and support teams, to speak up and … [Read more...]

On the Road to Recovered: Voices from the Eating Disorder Community

By Annie Robinson for Health Story Collaborative, cross-posted with permission Eating disorders are some of the most misunderstood, stigmatized, yet pervasive struggles in our contemporary culture. People of all genders, ages, and backgrounds are affected — nearly 30 million individuals in the United States alone, according to … [Read more...]

“I Tried to Have Sex with a Porcupine”: Dodging the Stigma of Self-harm

By Rosanna Brunwin, Intern 2015 TW: This piece candidly discusses self-harm, which may be triggering for some readers. Despite statistically affecting one in four of us, mental health is shrouded in stigma and often goes undiscussed. Unless your mental health problems manifest in self-harm — then suddenly it's everybody's … [Read more...]

The Tragic Tales of Eating Disorders in Fiction

By Francesca Baker Art isn't just for entertainment; it's a place to explore important issues and gritty reality. Novels, although fiction, are rooted in facts — those big facts about being human, things such as life, loss, and love. They express the experience of life, reflecting emotions and providing an outlet for thoughts. … [Read more...]