Surviving the Holidays with an Eating Disorder

It was Christmas 2000. We were all gathering at my sister’s house for our Christmas celebration. This Christmas celebration, like most, involved food. There was time carved out just for food before we opened presents. It felt like it was this huge deal, this meal, which made my anxiety skyrocket. The tree was beautifully decorated, […]

Time To Change – U.K.

Time To Change  is a U.K. based organization to help end the stigma and discrimination against mental illness. Their web-site provides information and links to help those who want to get involved, whether they’ve been personally affected by mental illness or not. The web-site provides resources such as pamphlets, booklets, posters, and more to help […]

Bullying and Mental Illness

What are your first memories of childhood? Some may fondly remember learning to ride a bike, a birthday party, or a special person from that time. My first memories are of something that should never have power over anyone. I remember the scale. I can still hear the metal clang, see the slider glide beneath […]

How are Eating Disorders Treated?

Treatment for Eating Disorders can vary depending on your particular disorder and your symptoms.  Typically treatment goals include restoring adequate nutrition, bringing weight to a healthy level, reducing excessive exercise, and stopping binging and purging behaviors. Eating disorder treatment involves addressing other health problems caused by an eating disorder, which can be serious or even […]

Eating Disorder Awareness

This week is Eating Disorder Awareness Week, so our team at Defying Shadows decided that we would join the discussion and help raise awareness about these disorders. The following is an excerpt from a post published last year. What are Eating Disorders? An eating disorder is an illness. One that can cause serious disturbances within […]