Where I Stand

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Life After Treatment By: Hollyn Donovan   I got discharged from treatment on October 15th. It was a…

Life After Treatment

By: Hollyn Donovan

 
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I got discharged from treatment on October 15th. It was a very emotional day. Leaving the staff and other patients from my treatment center was difficult. At the same time, it was a joyous occasion. It’s wonderful knowing that everyone from treatment believes in me and that I continue to have supportive people around me to help ensure my success in…

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Therapy works.

536869_4460697003630_1132875043_nThere was a point in my life where I desperately struggled to keep myself safe. My brain swirled with darkness as I sat in my own depressions and my moods were erratic, at best. I tried to deal with these symptoms the only way I knew how: restricting my diet, binging and purging, self-harm, and hiding myself away in my room.

I remember walking into my therapy sessions twice per week knowing…

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Recovery IS personal.

I’ve had two bad days. I wasn’t making recovery a priority and well, I felt it. My life slowed down as my thoughts took off. I began to question my position in recovery, my accomplishments and my value; I hated myself for it all.

Then I realized something….

Just like life, recovery is NOT perfect. It seems like everyone these days has a different opinion about what recovery is supposed to look…

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Perfectionism: Control? Identity Issue? ….. Survival?

Perfectionism: Control? Identity Issue? ….. Survival?

“Striving for excellence motivates you, striving for perfection is demoralizing.” – Harriet Braiker

6d4b21f7e6bc30880e101ee2cc4f1684I don’t know why I’m a perfectionist. I believed it was just part of me. As a kid I washed the hardwood floors in my bedroom so much that my mom was concerned I would ruin them (thankfully I didn’t). I used to create elaborate plans on how everything “should” be; then punished myself when I that…

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"Anxiety is not me": what a dog taught me about identity

“Anxiety is not me”: what a dog taught me about identity

“Anxiety is not me”: what a dog taught me about identity By: Rachel Moreland

10474158_10152543120513173_180557921_nAs a newly married American expat living in Edinburgh, I am not unaccustomed to change. So amidst the visa applications and endless job search (it some ways it feels like a lingering cold) and not to mention the adjusting to city life in a foreign country, it is no wonder that I needed to take my mind off of life’s many…

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“Anxiety is not me”: what a dog taught me about identity

As a newly married American expat living in Edinburgh, I am not unaccustomed to change. So amidst the visa applications and endless job search (it some ways it feels like a lingering cold) and not to mention the adjusting to city life in a foreign country, it is no wonder that I needed to take my mind off of life’s many new transitions and do one of my favourite things: walk dogs.

I first met…

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"I’m not sick enough for help."

“I’m not sick enough for help.”

582407_4194078977803_1896486166_nIf there is a universal lie that those of us with mental illnesses tell ourselves it is this very statement: “I am not sick enough for help.”We rationalize it through medical tests, those comments people so casually say that leave impressions on how we feel about ourselves and our diseases and the sinking levels of self worth as we wear the “scarlet letter” of our time “mentally ill.” Day in and…

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"Crazy" is the new Beautiful

“Crazy” is the new Beautiful

“Crazy” is the new Beautiful

By: Lizzie Elsberg

A few weeks ago, I got back my first paper since returning to school. My professor wrote, “you seem to be a very non-linear thinker” along the bottom of the last page. Being naturally inquisitive, and worried that “non-linear” was bad (despite the 100% that was scrolled right next to the comment), I asked my teacher what she meant. Long story short,…

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Prioritizing Values

Prioritizing Values By: Hollyn Donovan

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Recovery is a new world for me. It’s a world that I’m entering slowly but surely and yet with more confidence this time around. With recovery comes new points of view, new coping skills, a new mental state, and new priorities. That “new priorities” part is something I’ve been working on a lot lately. I’ve been making self-care a much grater priority in…

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