Is Pro-Ana so bad?

I saw a headline this morning which really caught my attention: “Pro-Anorexia Blogs May Lead to Recovery“.  Now, that’s not something that you read every day.  I think it was just yesterday that I was tweeting about facebook removing “pro-ana” groups. A little bit of information from mashable: While anorexics’ posted writings and photos can be...
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Needing a mentor

Lately I’ve been thinking about the makeup of intense treatment communities and the importance of mentoring.  not just mentoring by psychologists / dietitians (although that’s most important), but mentoring from other patients… both during treatment and after discharge.  this leads me to divide an ED community (and I assume rehabs?) into several patient populations: Mentors...
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Be contagious

After reading Walter Vandereycken’s article, How ‘contagious’ can eating disorders be in the eyes of patients? I started to wonder why “contagion” was always considered a bad thing.  The word definitely has a negative connotation — probably due to it’s frequency of use with “infectious” and “disease.”  However, several definitions of the word address it...
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Eating disorder self-diagnosis

I was reading an article (full text available!) by Walter Vandereycken (which I will post about in greater length soon), and something in his online survey caught my eye: In the first part of the survey, participants were asked a few general questions, in cluding self-diagnosis of the type of eating disorder they were showing most...
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trying to come back…

if you haven’t noticed (which means you probably don’t read grey thinking very often), there have been a…. well, lack of posts (to say the least) in the last year.  this is because I’ve had to take some time off for myself and get away from all the constant talk of mental illness: the eating...
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Contagious Self-Injury

Until my last stint in residential treatment, I never though of self-injury as being contagious.  Maybe this is because when I was younger, I couldn’t imagine hurting yourself.  I hated getting a shot, letting alone the thought of self-harm.  In my mind, it was something that crazy people did. Now, unfortunately, it’s something that I...
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