Summer and Self-Harm

Summer and Self-Harm

With the limited amount of accurate information you can find on self-harm, most of it relating to summer is full of "Your scars are part of you. Go out in the sun and relax and lay on the beach and don't let your illness get in the way of your life!" While, yes, your scars are part of you, that doesn't make it any less sucky to go out, vulnerable into a world that doesn't often understand.

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Free Time and Anxiety

Free Time and Anxiety

I am here to remind everyone that it is okay not to be okay. We are constantly telling people, “It’s okay,” and “It will get better.” I have learned that it’s more comforting to hear, “Yeah, it sucks right now. What do YOU want to do about it?” or, like I said before,  “It is okay not to be okay.” Empathy is the most important thing for people with mental illnesses. We need for people to really imagine what it feels like to go through this, and then to respond to us as if we were themselves. 

So, when you have free time and you’re laying in your bed for what seems like days at a time, or really is days at a time, thinking about all the things you should/could/want to be doing, promise me that you will do something you can be proud of. Sometimes, the biggest sense of pride comes from helping others. You don’t even have to get up from your bed. Write a poem and send it to your best friend. Color in a mandala, go online and “create your own galaxy.” Show it to someone who loves you- they’ll be so happy – even if you’re still down. The pride that fills you (for however long) won’t be that boastful pride, or egocentric pride, or the kind of pride that glows from your skin, but it will be the kind of pride you get when you come into contact with the fact that even at the worst times, physically or mentally, you do matter.

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The Heart vs. The Mind: How my doctor's legitimate health concerns risked my mental health recovery

The Heart vs. The Mind: How my doctor's legitimate health concerns risked my mental health recovery

Soraya is a rising Sophomore at Brown University, born and raised in Puerto Rico. She started dieting in seventh grade and soon developed food anxiety and body dysmorphia. Inspired by Kelsey Miller'r Anti-Diet Project and Phoebe Nir's The Secret Life of Eating, this blog is not only meant to share my story but to share links, articles, and videos to think critically about our society's role in body image, eating and exercising.

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Life With Trich

Life With Trich

Gabby is a 20-year-old declared genius (by loved ones) from Long Island, New York studying nursing at Rutgers University. Gabby suffers form Trichotillomania, and is a pro at: anxiety, existential crises, body focused repetitive behaviors, art therapy, alternative medicine, and helping friends in need.

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Chronically Ill

Chronically Ill

Nicole is a beam of sunshine from Long Island, New York living with GAD, lupus, and all the wacky medical complications that come along with it. She's a pro at: hospital stays, taking too many medications at once, panic attacks, and living with pain. 

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The Inside Scoop: Perspectives on Residential Life

The Inside Scoop: Perspectives on Residential Life

Allie Coppa is a student studying neuroscience at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She was Miss Rhode Island’s Outstanding Teen 2012 for the Miss America Organization and a competitive dancer and soloist until she graduated high school. Currently, Allie has turned inward during recovery from an eating disorder - to heal in order to reclaim her life. In her recent post, Allie addresses the myths of residential treatment, and shares her story of the loving, awesome community she's formed while committing herself to getting better.

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