Some of you may be familiar with the New York Times weekly column Modern Love. This is inspired by it. There is a phenomenon known in the circles of the severely mentally ill as Hospital Goggles. The term describes the tendency of inhabitants of mental hospitals and treatment centers to romanticize their fellow patients, sometimes doctors. You’ve seen it on Survivor or Big Brother, perhaps; in… Continue reading Modern Love: Hospital Goggles
Below is a copy of the original transcript for the following video. In it, I discuss my mental health timeline from childhood through my first hospitalizations. Please be warned, there is lots of discussion of self harm and suicide, as well as a brief picture of blood. If those will be upsetting to you, please… Continue reading VIDEO: My Mental Illness Timeline: A Descent into Suicide and a Rise into Recovery
I made a quick video to accompany an explanation of the exchange system, which is a method of meal planning that I was introduced to in treatment. Read on, try to ignore how flushed I am, and make sure to watch in HD 1080! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2ZdAqaAAAo One exchange is, essentially, a quantity of food that can… Continue reading VIDEO: Daily Anorexia Recovery and the Exchange System
On a really tough day last month, feeling nearly desperate about a major problem I was having at work, I wallowed for hours in helpless fear and anger. Finally I reined myself in by briefly imagining that these feelings are what my mentally ill daughter goes through perhaps every day to some degree and some… Continue reading What’s Hardest About Being the Parent of a Mentally Ill Young Person? That’s really the wrong question.
I've compiled a set of items, papers, and other memorabilia from my two stays in mental hospitals. I've been in significant inpatient treatment twice, and have accrued quite a box of items to remember those stays by. Hopefully, sharing these pictures with you, accompanied by brief descriptions, will help you develop a better understanding of… Continue reading Photos: Scenes from a Mental Hospital
The following is a video essay that I put together on the topic of the distinctive and abusive eating disordered voice. I put a lot of heart into it, despite the first couple of minutes being blurry(!)- which turning it to HD will help with- but you can also read the transcript below the video,… Continue reading VIDEO: “Ed” as an Abusive Inner Voice
Screw SMART goals. Now that I’ve gotten that years-long, suppressed, festering expression of resentment of my high school Executive Functioning Skills class out of the way, constantly maintaining goals is a crucial element of mental health. I’ve always found SMART goals to be too rigid, structured, and therefore inaccessible to be of any help to… Continue reading 2 Crafty Keys to Setting Goals (and Sticking with Them!)