Tag Archives: Eating Disorders

Reflection a tool for self-discovery and renewal

In several days, 2015 will begin. This small pocket of time, between Christmas and New Year, is a grand opportunity to pause and reflect — like inserting a dot between finishing one chapter of life and starting another. Such time provides a chance to attend to items requiring closure, to repackage wayward thoughts, beliefs and […]

From patient to researcher – sharing the journey

A walk along the seashore at home this morning provided a moment to absorb the relief of completing PhD Confirmation of Candidature at CQUniversity, Noosa, Queensland, this past week. The PhD, in Creative Writing, focuses on the use of diary writing in recovering from an eating disorder. Thanks to two great supervisors, this journey from […]

The Diary Healer – bridging the gap between science and the sufferer – sharing a PhD journey

I am a PhD candidate. I pinch myself. Is this real? Since regaining my true Self from the effects of Anorexia Nervosa in 2006, life has been amazing. Yes. But a PhD? How did this happen? I remain incredulous. I share my story because, if your life is being kept on hold by an eating […]

Finding support in an online family and community – share your story

Have you found online support helpful in coping with the challenges of diagnosing, treating and recovering from an eating disorder? Either for yourself, or someone you care for? If so, I would love to hear from you. The second half of my upcoming book, Using Writing as a Resource to Treat Eating Disorders: The Diary Healer, explores […]

Yes, I have a dream: the sock as a universal symbol of hope in stomping out ED

This story begins in 1962 when I developed Anorexia Nervosa. Back then there was no Eating Disorder Awareness Week,  or anything at all, to help my family understand the illness that had developed in my mind. For more than 40 years, the bully eating disorder kept me prisoner, destroyed relationships, almost took my life. Luckily […]

Let’s get REAL about eating disorders

We-all-have-a-lot-of-work-to-do to get the right message out about eating disorders. Like, sift the truth from the crap. Here are a few truths to share: Parents do NOT cause eating disorders to develop in their children; children do NOT choose to develop an eating disorder; you do not need to be THIN to have an eating […]

Calling diary and journal writers with experience of an eating disorder

Hop on board a new literary adventure by sharing excerpts of your diary writing in a book to be called  The Diary Healer. In this book I am setting out to demonstrate how writing a diary or journal can help us understand, inspire, heal and liberate our self and at the same time provide a tool to educate others […]

Diary writing – a tool for healing and self-renewal

The Christmas gift of a small, pale green, soft-covered, day-to-a-page diary was the best thing that happened to me in 1962. Early that year I had developed Anorexia Nervosa. I developed Anorexia at age 11, at a time when mental illness was an embarrassment and family-based therapy and multi-family based therapy were unheard of. The […]

Tonight a literary dinner with my friend Pooky and others

Writing books about eating disorders brings me into touch with amazing people around the world. I am very excited today (I am excited every day but especially today) because in London this evening I will meet dear friend  and writing colleague, Pooky Hesmondhaigh for the first time. Pooky has contributed to several of my books, […]

Getting out of BED – a guide for clinicians

“That’s me!” my GP exclaimed when I mentioned A Clinician’s Guide to Binge Eating Disorder was my next book. I’d been seeing my GP for 20 years and had no idea she had an eating disorder. Binge-eating disorder is characterized by recurrent binge-eating episodes during which a person feels a loss of control over his or her eating. […]