Learning to Love Change

AugQuotes ShelbyChange. The word we all want to hear, and the word we all hate to hear. For the average human being, change can be a very scary and uncomfortable process, especially when it is marked with uncertainty and unpredictability.

However, for individuals battling a disorder, like ED, depression, or anxiety, change and the fear of change can be the catalyst to perpetuate and maintain every self-destructive thought, tendency, behavior, and feeling. Read More



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Stop Telling Me I’m Not a Real Woman

AugQuotes Laura“Girls try to look sexy. Real women know they are sexy no matter what.”
“Girls eat salads. Real women eat whatever they want.”
“Girls wear makeup. Real women are confident with their flaws.”

I recently read an article that attempted to give women the freedom to love themselves without reservation. It ended up being more harmful than empowering, and is exemplary of the ways the body image movement can go horribly wrong. Read More




Video: Growing up with Depression

In my first video for Libero Network I talk about the main problem I had growing up with depression: realizing and accepting that I actually had it.

A huge part of why it took me over a decade to go to a doctor was because I didn’t understand mental illness at all. I never heard anyone talk about it.

I didn’t realize I was ill; I thought I was just weak. I also didn’t want to be “different” anymore than I already was! I talk about all the reasons it took me SO long to ask for help and why I felt the need to hide it from everyone, including myself.

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Faith and Healing

Sebastian T - faith and healingWhat is healing to you?

Recently this is a topic I’ve been discussing with a few of my friends. The idea of praying for healing and the ways in which healing might manifest itself. Recovery from emotional hurt, whether mental health related or otherwise, will often take many different forms.

It is easy to want healing to be instantaneous. to see the results of our prayers immediately. But I want to look at a few pitfalls in this kind of thinking.

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Sarah: Free from that Darkness

Sarah Smith - free from“Courage to Change: It takes great courage and inner strength to change from that which is known and comfortable to something which is new and fresh. That which is unknown often contains our greatest potential. To seek our potential by risking change is the path of true greatness.”

My dad gave that to me, to mark one year of being out of hospital. It is one of my most treasured possessions, and reminds me that change is my path out of the darkness. Read More

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Sarah: Free from that Darkness

Friday, August 22, 2014

“Courage to Change: It takes great courage and inner strength to change from that which is known and comfortable to something which is new and fresh. That which is…

Ciara: Free From Self-Loathing

Friday, August 8, 2014

In hindsight, I can see I fell victim to my eating disorder in high school. Its development was patient, unhurried, calculated, and slow-burning – the devastation building to…

Jordan: Free from Weakness

Friday, August 1, 2014

A few years ago, if you had asked me to list my weaknesses, I most likely would have responded with something along the lines of everything. I could…

Lupe: Free from Anorexia

Friday, July 18, 2014

I remember the day it happened, the day it clicked in my head. Finally, something within my control. In 2008, my world was beyond chaotic. Facing false child…

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