With the power of technology and connection these days we really have the ability to make or break habits in the palm of our hands. Taking responsibility for my social media usage and the kind of content I engage with has been really beneficial in my recovery journey. Battling mental illness can be nothing short [...]
Most of my blog now focuses on sharing skills (amongst personal anecdotes) about healing from mental illness. However, a big part of my life was spent NOT in active recovery and I know there are many out there in the same boat. Recovering from an eating disorder is a difficult thing. Our motivation to get [...]
In most eating disorder recovery groups I've attended the inevitable debate about how to deal with triggering information always comes up. Some people believe there's no point in censoring what patients share because triggers are (truthfully) unavoidable. Others believe that creating the safest space possible is important for navigating early recovery. Personally, I think I [...]
Here's something I wrote for Libero Magazine. Let me tell you, putting "my story" into (fewer than 1,000) words was difficult, but something I couldn't even consider doing a year ago. As hard as its been to get to where I am and as confusing as it is to think about it all, I'm generally [...]
Exposures offer a safe environment to build confident in our ability to navigate situations we once found frightening.
Simply by opening the door to a new perspective you can begin to give yourself an opportunity to take your power back from self-defeating automatic thoughts.
Cognitive distortions often go hand-in-hand with depression and anxiety, but the good news is that we can develop skills to correct these patterns and even lessen mental illness symptoms.
Life-threatening stigma is propagated by overvaluation of the relevance of body weight in eating disorders and healthcare in general. Outward physical symptoms are not a reliable metric for mental illnesses.