Eating Disorders

I'll Be Talking About Mental Health

Kate Elliott | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

There is absolutely no shame in struggling or finding it hard to be open and ask for help. There's equally no shame in not knowing how to approach and support someone who is battling with their mental health conditions. The key is to try and communicate as best as you can.

Change Is Hard!

Kate Elliott | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

Taking scary challenges in a step-by-step way can be really helpful. I'm a big fan of lists and sticker charts and I find it really helpful to look at a problem and break it down in a way that is gradually achievable but doesn't cause me too much stress along the way. I know if I become too overwhelmed, I'm likely to either give up or keep putting off the next steps until tomorrow.

Supporting Young People Suffering With Self-Harm and Eating Disorders - Three Key Lessons

Dr Pooky Knightsmith | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Pooky Knightsmith

Fortunately, things have moved on somewhat from my own school days. We have a far better understanding of self-harm and eating disorders - unfortunately that's at least in part due to a huge increase in prevalence in both conditions which has forced us to learn, fast, and taught us some difficult lessons along the way.

Why Shorter Waiting Times for Eating Disorder Treatment Is So Important

Habiba Khanom | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

When you do eventually get help after waiting for a long time, you just feel like you are past help, which explains why it is so hard to get better. I felt like I didn't deserve help. The longer you leave a patient waiting, the harder it is to get better.

New Year, New... Nope!

Kate Elliott | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

I am in recovery. It's a slightly confusing, muddly journey... but I'm hoping that my general trajectory is in the right direction, towards the life I wish to lead. A life that is free from the controls and constraints on my being.

Lucy Sherriff

Four Women Reveal What It's Like To Have An Eating Disorder At Christmas Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

*Trigger warning: bulimia, anorexia, and binge-purge anorexia nervosa* For most of us, the Christmas period is about indulgence. Eating whatever yo...

Festive Thanks!

Kate Elliott | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

I was talking to some young people at work who were a bit stressed about Christmas and they seemed so shocked at the idea that my Christmas wasn't going to just turn out like some kind of ideal homes perfect picture of a happy festive British family. I

Dark Nights End

Kate Elliott | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

Autumn is my favourite season; the colours, comfy layers, snuggly fires and adventures on frosty mornings. As it gets further into winter, my enthusiasm waivers a little. It can be hard enough to motivate yourself on a good day when the sun is shining and everything feels a little easier.

'Recovery Is Possible' - Hollie, 17, Talks About Coping With Anorexia

Kieran Goodwin | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Goodwin

Christmas 2013 for Biss was a huge uphill battle, streaming initially from depression and anxiety Hollie was diagnosed with anorexia. Hollie struggled with finding a way to cope with depression, the anorexia she says acted as a 'coping mechanism' for this.

How A Stranger's Note In Waitrose Helped This Student Beat Anorexia

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Anna Wyatt weighed less than six stone and was not responding to hospital treatment when she was passed a note in Waitrose which changed her life. ...

I Always Feel Invisible

Habiba Khanom | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

Of all the therapists I have seen, all the psychiatrists who have treated me (or at least tried to) trying to find out the cause of my eating disorder, one word is always at the forefront. Invisible. Ever since I could remember, I have felt invisible to people. 'Felt' is an understatement. I am invisible. Or at least that's what it seems like to me...

A Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders in Young People

Pippa Hugo | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Parents
Pippa Hugo

There are two main eating disorders that affect young people. These are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Although they're both very different, they do have one thing in common, namely that a young person suffering from either condition has an unnatural attitude to food.

Trust Her, She's a Doctor...

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

My life has shown me that the biggest epiphanies come in the most unlikely of places. I just never expected a hospital treatment room to be one of them. And I definitely didn't expect the words of a Nuclear Medicine doctor to affect me so much that they touched me more deeply inside than anything I could have possibly imagined.

Anorexia: A Sister's Story

Emma Healey | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Healey

My whole four years at university have been marked by one constant question: "How is she?" It has been one constant worry - would today be the day I got the phone call saying she was in hospital? Would today be the day she became another statistic? A third of anorexia sufferers die from their disease - and my biggest fear is my sister becoming one of them.

Please Excuse Me While I Overshare

Kate Elliott | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

I'm probably guilty of oversharing; I'm a private person but when it comes to my mental health, I'm quite comfortable being open about my struggles. ...

Number Of Patients Sectioned For Eating Disorders Increases By 222%

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The number of patients in England with eating disorders being treated under section has risen at an "alarming rate" in the last five years, new resear...

What You Aren't Telling Your Doctor About That Stomach Ache

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Your doctor doesn't understand that you are so phobic, so physically afraid of food that you will routinely experience an actual stress response during eating, full-on anxiety attacks after eating, producing huge amounts of adrenalin. All things that makes us feel incredibly unwell around food. So much so that your body believes it is in extreme danger every time you consume anything

Lucy Sherriff

It Takes A Very Strong Person To Work In A Mental Health Hospital

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK

“I will never forget one girl asking me: ‘Why do you hate me? Why are you torturing me?,” sighs Dr Sara McCluskey, a consultant psychiat...

'Mental Illness Doesn't Make You Any Less Human': Sufferers Explain What Dignity Means To Them

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

As most people with mental illness will know, dignity is something they receive in far too short a supply, whether that's people making decisions for ...

Rebuilding Myself After a Quest to Become the 'Perfect Jew' Left Me in Ruins

Lizzie Green | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Green

I see how amazing and rewarding life can be, and although I have grown as a person from my experiences, I am upset at the amount of time my illness has made me waste. During these months of the year, when there are festivals after festival, surrounded by many a mealtime, I am trying my best to enjoy and acknowledge the beauty and root of these joyous times.

I'm Not Recovered Yet, But Recovery Will Do

Kat Pugh | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

Once again my mind had become full of numbers and targets and filled with this concept that every minor set back was an enormous failure. Suddenly the all too familiar ritual of daily weigh-ins and calorie counting became habitual and without thinking I was slipping back into the icy grasp of anorexia, who I had tried so hard to separate from.

Anorexia and Mental Health: 'I Can't Put Food in My Body Like I'm Putting Petrol in a Car - There Are No Feelings in a Car'

Jo Thompson | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jo Thompson

I can't just put food in my body like I'm putting petrol in a car; there are no feelings in a car. That's why I'm supporting a new online forum created by Fixers where young people who've had an eating disorder can talk about their experience in order to help others - be it family, friends of professionals - understand.

Body Issues: Obsession, Anxiety and 'Wellness'

Eloise Hendy | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

Body obsession is contemporary Western culture's default state. When it comes to matters of the flesh it increasingly feels there is no space for neut...

Dedicated to Mental Health Professionals

Rhiannon Morgan | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rhiannon Morgan

Too many times the work of mental health services is clouded by negativity and tragedies. In many instances this means that the successes are overshadowed, and mental health teams as a whole are portrayed in a negative light. My aim today is to break that portrayal, all in dedication of the team of professionals that saved my life numerous times...

Why Learning to Listen to Experts Is a Vital Skill in Recovery

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
Carrie Armstrong

The best thing I can recommend is you take a job in a charity shop for a few hours a week. Don't push yourself.