Why so anti antidepressants?

Imagine breaking your leg and not taking painkillers? Imagine contracting a chest infection and refusing antibiotics? Imagine suffering from cancer and not receiving chemotherapy? It seems crazy, doesn’t it? Why wouldn’t you take the medicine that has been specifically engineered to help you, to treat you, to relieve you? There is an awful lot of…

Beach body bullsh*t

It’s that time of year again, when we are bombarded with the message that we are not good enough as we are. From juice fasts to firming lotions, superfoods to diet fads, we are instructed to take drastic action in order to make our bodies acceptable for summer. The message is masked beneath a disguise…

Early intervention: the difference between life and death

Imagine going to the doctor, and being diagnosed with stage one cancer. How would you feel? Scared? Distressed? Anxious? But also, perhaps, relieved: relieved that it had been caught early, thankful for the speedy referral by your GP, blessed that your chance of making a full recovery was a hopeful 90% rather than the pitiful…

A letter to anorexia 

“Dear Ana, I can’t live without you, but it’s killing me to keep you alive.” These lyrics, from Matthew Koma’s single Dear Ana, ring eerily true. Because you’re killing me, Ana. You’re sucking me dry and you won’t stop until there’s nothing of me left; you won’t stop until I’m dead. I should hate you,…

It’s okay if all you did today was breathe

The most frustrating thing with recovery, is that it isn’t linear. Like, not even a little bit. There will some days, maybe weeks, maybe even months, when you feel on top of the world. You feel like a majestic unicorn who has overcome such struggle and is bounding forward on an enlightened journey of health…

Awareness is important, but action is essential

Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week and I can’t help thinking, what’s the point in raising awareness when the state of our mental health system is in disarray? Are we setting people up for disappointment, encouraging them to open up about their struggles yet being unable to offer treatment or therapy? We…

Recovery and rediscovery 

I try to think about the things that make me, me. I try to think about the things I love and the things that bring me joy, the things which make me feel passionate and proactive and powerful. But this is hard, because so much of me has been sucked dry by anorexia. That’s the…

Just breathe: living with anxiety 

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” Anxiety can feel like walking a tightrope across the highest, widest crevice in the world. One wrong move, one toe out of line, and you will fall to your fate. Every decision is weighted and weaved with fear. Arms stretched wide;…

Letting Go, by Emma Woolf

Letting Go is the kind of book which makes you feel like you aren’t alone. It’s the kind of book that could quite easily become your mantra, your guide to life, your bible: it’s already become mine. It’s the kind of book that will set you up for a journey of self-healing that might just…

An empty lantern provides no light 

I struggle to believe that anyone is truly cold-hearted. Perhaps a measly few, but I reckon the vast majority of us are full of empathy and compassion at our core. When I think of all the needy, desperate people in the world, my heart aches. The toddlers orphaned by AIDs; the single mothers working 15…

Your weight does not dictate your worth

With a pinch of perspective, weight gain really isn’t the worst thing in the world. I know it’s portrayed as so; I know it’s said to be a greater risk to society than terrorism. But when compared to this terrorism, when compared to the atrocities that occur around the world, the diseases that wipe out…

It’s never too late to make a change 

I’m bored of anorexia. I’m bored of waking up each morning and subconsciously running my fingers over my hip bones. I’m bored of planning every meal of the day and calculating every calorie. I’m bored of choosing foods based purely on their calorie content and I’m bored of eating these boring foods. I’m bored of…