Life without Anorexia
My motto is 'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'
My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.
I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.
I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!
If you have any questions leave them in the comment section as i am much quicker at answering there, otherwise you can always send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, June 1, 2015
Dare to talk about the problem - stop the stigma of mental illnesses
An event which got me thinking about just how important it is to talk about mental health and to stop the stigma and taboo regarding mental illnesses was when my English teacher talked about her brothers suicide. She did this because it is something she believes has to be talked about, especially to younger people where the suicide rate is very high. During her talk she began crying and you could see just how painful it was despite all the years that had passed. This should also be mentioned how a persons death will always be mourned by those left behind... its not a day that passes where that hole and space left behind is filled. The pain is not always healed by time.
After hearing what my teacher said as well as seeing her actions it really hit hard how determined i am to keep going with my blog. But not only my blog but be more open and talk about mental illnesses. More and more people are being diagnosed and feeling as lonely as ever. Feeling like no one understands them, like things cant better. Thinking that their thoughts, actions or behaviours and weird and can't be changed or they are the only one doing them. But that's not true. You aren't alone, there are people who can help you, who can support you and know what you are going through. And things can get better either through treatment or medicine. A person doesn't have to suffer in silence because it is often then when they give up, feel like they can't keep going.
Going to therapy is still stigmatized even if there are more people than ever going to therapy. Eating disorders are still seen as just a phase or a diet, depression is still not seen as a serious illness and not just a phase (and it doesnt help when people joke about depression), OCD is not something easily stopped and all other mental illnesses. They are not just a phase in a persons life or something they can snap out of or change... they need help, support and treatment. And this is what people and even those in medical care need to realise. That it's not enough to just give a person loads of medication and think it will get better, it might help but it doesn't solve the problem. Neither does stigmatizing mental illnesses and making them a taboo to talk about.
So many people are being diagnosed with mental illnesses and alot of it i believe is due to the rise in stress which can act as a catalyst to an illness or be the cause as people find ways to cope. Of course there are other triggers as well, but i know that the rising stress causes alot of problems for people.
I want to help people find their reason to live. To never give up even when times are tough. I want to help people keep going, to experience and live and love life. I want to do my part in taking away the stigma of mental illnesses. Make people feel less alone if they are struggling so that in the future there might be less stigma around the illnesses as well as hopefully better treatment and less people suffering.