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Hadley Thayer

Running: Away from or towards myself I have only one tattoo. It’s located on the inside of my left wrist and simply says, “Stay”. I got it immediately after leaving my first ED treatment center, at 18 years old, and haven’t gotten another since. It’s the most important message from myself, to myself. It’s also [...]

By | 2017-08-09T14:20:28+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Categories: Eating, Stigma Fighters, Weight|0 Comments

Sparklle Rainne

Me Vs. My Eating Disorder: How I realized that I was sick and learned to differentiate myself from my sickness By Sparklle Rainne My eating disorder began when I was only eight years old. It began with bulimia, but my diagnosis has changed multiple times throughout my life - I've been diagnosed with bulimia, anorexia, [...]

By | 2017-03-03T12:08:18+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Anorexia, Bulimia, Eating, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Christina Leigh

You Are Not Your Eating Disorder Of all of the ups and downs we have experienced with our son’s illness; the hospitalization and the setbacks, one of the hardest is hearing my son apologize for his condition. A recent experience really brought to light for me just how much my son feels he has to [...]

By | 2017-01-31T11:40:06+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Categories: Anorexia, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Isaac James Baker

Destigmatizing Medication: How Psychiatric Medicine Helped Me Survive Isaac James Baker shares his personal story of how his psychiatric drugs helped to save his life, as he battled anorexia, anxiety and depression. When my psychiatrist told me he was prescribing medication, I told him, “No thanks, I’m fine.” But he insisted, rolling off an impressive [...]

By | 2016-07-10T10:44:05+00:00 July 10th, 2016|Categories: Anorexia, Anxiety, Depression|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Clyde Dee

Reflections on Overcoming Stigma to Pay Forward Back when I was just a yuppie, I learned a few points of wisdom that I want to pay forward to some mental health academics and administrators. I was learning to chop cheese steaks at a Korean owned deli and instantly enamored with this mentor on the grill, [...]

By | 2016-07-05T08:23:31+00:00 July 2nd, 2016|Categories: Anorexia, Schizophrenia, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Rose Lockinger

My Struggle With Bulimia And Addiction For many people, addiction isn’t their only struggle. It’s estimated that nearly half of all persons afflicted with addiction also suffer from a co-occurring disorder. This may be depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD or an eating disorder. Body dysmorphia and eating disorders can begin at any time, and for me [...]

By | 2016-05-12T11:22:28+00:00 May 10th, 2016|Categories: Addiction, Eating, Stigma Fighters, Weight|Tags: , |2 Comments

Stigma Fighters: RM

I Say, I'm Recovered. However is there such a thing. I don't abuse laxatives, or make myself purge. No longer restricting calories, or missing social events. The Photo Attached: is from 2007 during the dangerous part of my struggle. I look at this picture it makes me want to be skinny. But I also remember [...]

By | 2016-05-04T04:26:16+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Binge, Bulimia, Stigma Fighters, Weight|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Caitlin Flynn

I grew up in the ballet world, so it's impossible for me to remember a time when I wasn't highly conscious of my body size. As a recovered anorexic, many people assume that ballet must be the sole cause of my years-long battle with an eating disorder — but it's far from that simple. I [...]

By | 2016-02-26T07:22:32+00:00 February 26th, 2016|Categories: Anorexia, Eating, Stigma Fighters|1 Comment