I kinda like forgetting

Sometimes I wish that I had started typing an autobiography back in high school (when I first started treatment), so that now I could just hand it to every new therapist that I begin with and we could skip the painful “so, do you have family?” questions.  Because my internal response is always “oh no,…

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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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