Mental health needs its own "Me Too" movement. Because make no mistake about it -- all those feelings that make us feel like giving up -- those are no less abusive and toxic than the perpetrators of sexual harassment.
Anorexics don't exist. Nor, for that matter, do bulimics, or alcoholics, or schizophrenics. There is no such thing as "the mentally ill," just people with mental illnesses. In short, PEOPLE ARE NOT THEIR CONDITIONS. There are people with anorexia, yes. But anorexics? Never met one. There's an unfortunate tendency in society to label people. We... Continue Reading →
Part of the reason I started this blog was to help people understand what it's like to live with something like an eating disorder. (Or anxiety, or depression, or any other type of mental illness.) There is so much misunderstanding out there about mental illness that I hoped to serve as a beacon of light... Continue Reading →
I think the DSM is partly to blame for this, because when you walk into an office with a particular diagnosis, the treating professional makes all sorts of assumptions about you. They assume you're like every other person with that diagnosis and they forget to look at you as an INDIVIDUAL.
The National Eating Disorder Association supplies this infographic to educate people about the media's role in contributing to the dangerous level of body dissatisfaction in our society: Media Literacyinfographic2_13 Among other things, it points out that the more young people are exposed to media messages, the more likely they are to be concerned about their... Continue Reading →