Eating Disorders

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 | 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.

I'm Not Responding But I Still Really Care

Kate Elliott | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

I normally have texts to reply to, Facebook messages to read, letters I ought to be writing and sending; but sometimes I just don't have the brain space to respond. It's hard when you have a day when you're feeling low or finding it hard to muster together the motivation to do all of the things you need to and then there's being sociable added in too.

We Need to Talk About Ana

Maliha Reza | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Maliha Reza

If you are supporting someone through this then stay strong. They need you to be. They are full of intense regret and self-deprecation, and your support and love will be one thing getting through the barrier and to the starting line of a healthy life.

There's Nowhere for Me to Go

Claire Greaves | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I decided the ward was too stressful and was making me worse and so I asked for leave until ward round and they allowed it. I got home and sat in a chair and cried for hours. Home wasn't the right place.

Coming Full Circle With Orthorexia Nervosa

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 23.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

When I realised how out of control my phobia of food was, I didn't know what to do. I knew I wasn't alone. But I also knew that the more I read about people like me, the more I was told that I could never have a normal relationship with food again.

This Woman Stood In Her Underwear In Central London. Here's Why

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A woman stripped off to her underwear in Central London last weekend in a bid to raise awareness about body image. Armed with a white board, some ...

Life Does Indeed Go On

Kate Elliott | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

People tell you that things happen for a reason, often when the situation lacks any reason at all. I've been thinking a lot recently about life and it's challenges. The way I see it is that you live, you love, you often lose but then you continue to find a way to pick up the broken pieces or smooth the edges in order to live again.

A Message for My Friends

Kate Elliott | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

Mental health problems can be so very isolating at times. Last week I was a bit of a social butterfly, catching up with three friends who I've not seen in far too long. Some days it's tricky, there have been times when seeing people has just been really hard and I've avoided certain social situations. This is a message to my friends...

Schools May 'Unwittingly Encourage Eating Disorders' By Focussing On Obesity

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Schools over-emphasising the risks of being overweight could unwittingly be encouraging eating disorders, a leading child psychiatrist has warned.Dr J...

Toddler With Extreme Fear Of Eating Can Only Be Fed Via Tube

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Parents

The parents of a toddler who has such an extreme fear of eating that she can only be fed through a tube, are fundraising to get their daughter life ch...

The Media Need to Stop Ignoring Mental Health Discrimination

Claire Greaves | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Discriminating against race is unacceptable but so is discriminating against mental health. The media are in a powerful position, they can either educate a lot of people or cause a lot of damage. It's about time they stepped up and began educating instead of sensationalising and discriminating.

Celebrity Bodies And The Impossible Ideal Is Fuelling Eating Disorders Among Young Girls

PA | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Increased exposure to images of celebrity bodies is behind the large rise in the number of young girls admitted to hospital with an eating disorder, a...

ED-UCATE Yourself: Seven Things You Should Know About Eating Disorders

Sam Thomas | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

Eating disorders are a complex subject that not everyone knows about unless by first hand experience. Professionals on the front line are key in supporting people living with eating disorders of any walk of life. Getting the help they need early on is imperative for long-term recovery.