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Eating Disorders: Being Fat

Fat. What a nasty word. It has all sorts of negative connotations and so much baggage, but it certainly gets a point across. I am fat. No, I’m not skinny and think I’m fat. I’m fat. In May 2012 I was at my heaviest… 289 lbs. At 5’4” this is …

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Eating Disorder Experiences: Where Did It Come From?

When the idea of a series of posts about eating disorders came up, I was pretty excited. I am diagnosed with EDNOS, depression, and anxiety. I’ve experienced them all in very different ways at different times, and so I have a lot to say about my experiences of them. This …

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Eating Disorders: The Stories We Tell

When I committed to writing in the Teen Skepchick Eating Disorders series, I said I’d write about personal experiences. After all, I do already. It wasn’t going to be too hard to do it again, right? But that’s not true, and it never works like that. I told this story …

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Criminals, Those Who Are Mentally Ill

So some of you might have noticed that there was a presidential debate a couple of days ago. It’s been kept pretty quiet, so I’d understand if you hadn’t seen it. There are any number of things that happened in the debate about which I have many opinions, but there …

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An Intro to Eating Disorders: Myths

Here at Teen Skepchick we strive to write about things that are relevant to our lives, and thus (we hope), relevant to the lives of other young women. As we’ve gotten to know each other, we’ve come to find that a surprising number of us have struggled with or are …

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I Do Good At School, My Life Must Be Easy

What does it mean to be ableist? What does it mean to have prejudice against mental health? Oftentimes, people view these kinds of labels as “PC gone too far”, and they suspect that we really don’t discriminate against those people who have physical or mental illnesses. I can’t address the …

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Therapy Woo

Last week I started reading a book suggested by my therapist called Eating In the Light of the Moon. She told me that it “might get past your rational side and speak to you from an emotional place”. Well it certainly didn’t speak to me from any rational place, but …

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Psychopaths and You

In the simplest possible terms, a psychopath is someone who is pathologically selfish. “Finally,” you might think “I have a legimate excuse to spend all my parents’ money on videogames and hard candy (is that what the kids like nowadays?)”. But, read on.