‘Because everything sounds better in French…’anonymous pleb
Yeah, I can’t pretend to be cultured anymore. I’m just your average inquisitive gal, navigating the drudgery that is Eating Disorder recovery. The illness came into my life 14 years ago and I’ve finally realised that attaining full physical and mental health will improve my life dramatically. Who knew?
We live in a world where poor psychological health is incidentally fostered and stigmatised. Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Despite this statistic, the uninformed masses tend to reserve their sympathy for what they believe to be more ‘serious’ afflictions. In this case we have life-threatening neurobiological conditions; not a frivolous phase rooted in vanity or a lack of willpower.
The current psychoanalytical approach to treatment is questionable; something I have been at the mercy of. Throughout my time with this illness, I have remained determined to know as much about it as possible. Research has largely supported the under-appreciated belief that Eating Disorders are genetic, neurobiological afflictions. Further investigation has suggested to me that they are about survival, not control or familial discord. This blog will contain musings from my own experience along with any scientific information I may be privy to. Knowledge is power, my friends.
Merci pour la lecture.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, psychologist or eating disorder specialist. I am simply an inquisitive individual with a lived experience who wishes to share her knowledge, discuss relevant research and encourage others to engage in an open dialogue. If your mental or physical health is of any concern, please seek professional help.