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advocacy Can people experiencing mental illness teach? Absolutely

Can people experiencing mental illness teach? Absolutely

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At noon on April 22, the small car stopped in front of the nursing school building, a structure of standardised windows and no excess. “We’re here,” said Professor Jeong, turning from the driver’s seat. The four passengers unfolded their crouched bodies and got out of the car. The Jeonbuk National...

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June's Writing Clan Why I write – the Sunshine Girl

Why I write – the Sunshine Girl

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We have progressed a long way in mental health recognition since the 1940s. My message is that our mental health is something to embrace and speak openly about, rather than hide in shame. The Spot Cafe in Portland, a coastal town in Victoria, Australia, was bustling with people, mainly locals....

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The Diary Healer News The Niggle – when Anorexia and Anxiety are Partners

The Niggle – when Anorexia and Anxiety are Partners

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Is anxiety related to the later onset of anorexia? Is anxiety related to the maintenance of anorexia? A reader shares her experience ahead of a FEAST webinar that will explore this issue. I feel it in my bones. I feel it deep, deep inside me, like every cell is made...

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Eating Disorders Labelled a waste of resources and incurable – where else can an adult with an eating disorder go?

Labelled a waste of resources and incurable – where else can an adult with an eating disorder go?

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What would you say if you learned a chronic illness was spreading silently through the population, affecting some of the country’s best and brightest people? Hospital beds are scarce, waiting lists are growing longer, and people are getting sicker. Some people are dying while they wait. Would you consider this...

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Life Writing Look for me in a fairy tale

Look for me in a fairy tale

Fairy tales, like poetry, are an art form that can enable the expression of repressed feelings. A revelation in sourcing diary excerpts for The Diary Healer was the popularity of poetry as a form of narrative expression in the recovery process. Fairy tales, through the creative use of metaphors, also...

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Books Fictional life story helps self-healing from eating disorder

Fictional life story helps self-healing from eating disorder

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“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”  Sigmund Freud A series of events inspired me to write A Dangerous Daughter. Firstly, in 2015, I was invited to take part in an international study on eating disorders, the Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative. The results of the study were ground-breaking: scientists...

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Eating Disorders The perfect body illusion

The perfect body illusion

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Do you wish to look like the girl in the magazine? I will let you in on a secret… the girl in the magazine doesn’t even look like that.  I know: I have been that girl.  Representations of the ‘perfect’ female body are pervasive throughout modern society, consolidated and perpetuated...

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Eating Disorders Hospitals must treat people with eating disorders with respect

Hospitals must treat people with eating disorders with respect

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Flaws in our public health system* are creating havoc in the lives of people with eating disorders (EDs). I am a mentor for Shelley**, who is in her 40s, and lives in a country town in Australia. Shelley has diagnoses of severe depression and severe and enduring anorexia nervosa (SEAN)....

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Eating Disorders Mistakes are valuable lessons in eating disorder recovery

Mistakes are valuable lessons in eating disorder recovery

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I became a champion mistake-maker when healing from my eating disorder (ED). This trial and error period occurred during a complete, internal makeover. I was exploring a new frontier, a whole new set of challenges that would lead me to me. Forty-four years as ED’s prisoner had left me devoid...

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Eating Disorders Through sharing our stories, we can help beat eating disorders

Through sharing our stories, we can help beat eating disorders

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In 2015, I almost lost my life to anorexia, and now I want to be an eating disorder and mental health campaigner. I want to help prevent others from having to go through the same struggle. The day I decided to commit to recovery, I made a promise to myself...

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