Four Ways to Celebrate Mental Health This Valentine's Day

Happy almost Valentine's Day! This is one of my favorite holidays -- but it's not a happy day for everyone. In fact, 1 in 3 people aren't satisfied with their love life, making a holiday that celebrates love pretty painful. I may be part of the lucky few, but that doesn't mean I don't get…

Seven Things That Helped My Depression

Controversial opinion: I don't think depression is a disease that can be "cured." Instead, I view it as a chronic illness that requires constant management. If you don't stick to your self-care routine, depression can creep back into your life and rear its ugly head again. That's why I'm sharing seven things that improved my…

How to Advocate for Yourself at the Doctor’s Office

Earlier today, I experienced the scenario that those of us with chronic health conditions have nightmares about: my doctor didn't believe me. The doctor-patient relationship is one of the most vulnerable relationships you'll ever have, especially if you have a chronic health condition that requires long-term care. So, when you bare your soul to your…

Orthorexia is a Real Eating Disorder: I Know, Because I Had It

I was never thin enough to be anorexic. Exercised obsessively, but never became underweight. Had thought about purging, but never done it. Occasionally went on binges, but not often enough to be considered a binge eater. And hadn't seen a therapist, who would've diagnosed me with EDNOS: "eating disorder not otherwise specified," the catchall term…