I’m Haley and I struggled with Anorexia for roughly five years. Anorexia is dangerous because you can have it and not realize it.
There is an ache within my soul that is unceasing. It’s nestled, no bigger than a fist, in the center of my chest where each side of my rib cage meets. No manner of deep breathing, Zen study or psychological analysis can lessen its chronic throb. No mantra, no medication, no light-hearted comedy can erode its compressed sorrow. It is a black hole.
Walking out those doors was terrifying and liberating all at the same time. I had been discharged from an inpatient unit after weeks of stabilization. I was free to make my own choices and flush my own toilet! While, I was also terrified of losing the stability that I had missed from treatment. I did not want to relapse, not again.
My name is Sacha and I have something to confess. I have anxiety. Terrible anxiety. I have had it for as long as I can remember. I am twenty-four years old and my anxiety hasn’t gotten any better. If anything, my anxiety has gotten worse.
Why did I write it? Because, I was angry, which in turn made me feel completely guilty. I understood what was going on. Thus, I wrote the post, “The Anger at Someone with Mental Illness No One Talks About,” because I felt like I was a horrible hypocrite.
Back to School has come and gone. Social media feeds were filled with photos of happy, well-dressed kids. Parents and kids alike were proud and excited, about new beginnings, fresh starts– it was breathtaking and beautiful. It can also be bittersweet if your child suffers from anxiety.
I've seen advertisements for online therapy before, although I brushed them off because they looked kind of sketchy. Yet, as I have researched and learn more about this type of behavioral therapy, I have found out it is an excellent alternative to normal therapy. Here are four of the benefits I've found from participating in online therapy:
I can’t remember the first time I felt depressed. It started with bouts of crying. There was no end to it. I felt sad all the time. After a specifically bad period of two weeks of non stop crying, I went to the doctor.
Mental health is something that I am extremely passionate about. Over the past 8-10 years I've suffered from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and an eating disorder. I've been seen by multiple doctors on the subject of my mental health.
Is it okay to be angry at someone who struggles with mental illness? It’s a feeling of deep hurt that twists my stomach into knots. I give everything I can and feel that I get nothing in return. All I want is a connection, reliability, and for them not to be a downer all the time! I miss the person I use to know so well!
I'm not ready to accept my body. Even so, I am willing to do one thing different today to take a step in the right direction towards a more positive body image. So, I put together ten of the best body image quotes to remind me during the difficult times, like today, why finding self-love is worth it.