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Experiencing Sexual Abuse While In Remission From an Eating Disorder Protecting My Recovery

A year and a half after my Anorexia diagnosis, and after many rounds of various levels of treatment, I finally got to go back to high school. I was at school from 8am to 2:30pm, then my mom would pick me up and drive me to IOP (Intensive Outpatient)-…
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Healing the Hidden Wounds: Understanding the Intersection of Eating Disorders and PTSD

In the realm of mental health, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stand as complex conditions, each with its own set of challenges. However, what often goes unnoticed is the intricate connection between the two.…
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Navigating Recovery: The Impact of PTSD on Eating Disorder Recovery

June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness month, and I believe it is important to consider the effect PTSD can have on recovery from an eating disorder. To begin with, battling both an eating disorder and trauma simultaneously…

World Mental Health Day 2018: Resource Round-Up

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Today is World Mental Health Day, an annual awareness and education initiative spearheaded by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). This year’s campaign highlights the importance of increased mental health awareness, services, and…

Eating Disorders and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Exposure to multiple traumas, particularly in childhood, has been proposed to result in a complex of symptoms that includes posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as a constrained, but variable, group of symptoms that highlight self-regulatory…
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Sexual Assault, Anorexia Nervosa, and Recovery

In honor of April’s Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAM), as a result of the dedicated efforts of the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), I wanted to share my personal experience of the connection between sexual…
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You Are Not Alone: Self-Care Tips and Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Here at NEDA, we find it vital to recognize the unique experiences of individuals from different communities who are affected by eating disorders and sexual assault. In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we've compiled a list of helpful…
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Sexual Assault, Yoga, and My Body

The #MeToo movement—originally started by social activist Tarana Burke in the 1990s—was the story of 2017. Fueled by a moment in which women were coming forward to tell their stories of assault and abuse by men in power—and seeing those…

The #MeToo Movement Gives Me Hope for a World Without Abuse

The year 2017 has been an uphill battle for women, and a year of liberation. Numerous people have asked me how I feel about the #MeToo movement being a person who could say, "me too." In 2015, I released my first book, CONTROLLED, a memoir which…
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What Eating Disorders Activists Can Learn From TIME Magazine’s “Silence Breakers”

This morning, I checked my phone to find a flurry of excited Facebook posts about TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year, the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault. The magazine featured a group of women and men crucial to the…