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Focus on .... Anorexia Nervosa

The term ‘anorexia nervosa (AN)’ is, in itself, misleading and generally considered a misnomer.
1) ‘Anorexia’ implies that the individual has lost all interest in food, never hungry and has no appetite. Yet, this is rarely the case. The opposite is more accurate of the AN experience.
The person is not only very interested in food and frequently very hungry, but as weight continues to decrease, and the person reaches low-weight stages AN, their preoccupation and obsession with food becomes overwhelming.
Nevertheless, the person experiencing AN will do everything in their power to deny and ignore these feelings and sensations and not permit themselves to eat. This is a particularly important characteristic AN, along with individual’s attempt to strictly control food and eating, with great time & effort.
The question of ‘what is AN?’ is difficult one to answer given particularly complex and multidimensional nature of the illness.
A large spectrum of physical, psychological, social, em…
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World Suicide Prevention Day.... Did you know?

Did you know that 1 person dies every 40 seconds from suicide?

That's 15 people every 10 minutes. 

Think about your group at work. Or a group of friends you hang out with. Maybe a social club you're part of. Or your family.

15 people every 10 minutes. 15. Remember that number. 

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We are talking about mental health more, but there's still a lot of stigma around that. It shouldn't be like that, but it is. And while I write this post and you read it, there are lots of people around you struggling in life. Struggling to cope. Struggling to make sense of what'…

Focus on .... Existential Depression

FINDING CHANGE, PROGRESS, TRANSITIONS AND/OR RECOVERY TRICKY?

FINDING CHANGE, PROGRESS, TRANSITIONS AND/OR RECOVERY TRICKY?

Well, that's because it is.

Do you want change to happen, but maybe, at the same time, you don't want anything to change? Maybe change seems daunting or scary. Perhaps you feel ambivalent about change?

Change is not that simple, as I'm sure you already know. Here's a little exercise to get you started

As many of you will know, change can be frightening, daunting and something we might want and not want at the same time.

This is natural and understandable; after all, you the problem or concern you are struggling with (e.g. eating disorder, anxiety, worry, stress, low mood, etc.) has 'helped' you in some way, albeit in an unhealthy and unhelpful way. It's probably become your safety net, safe haven, comfort blanket; so to change can be anxiety-provoking and scary.

Change is necessary though, in small steps, at YOUR pace (not someone else's) and with small changes that are challenging but…

Understanding Control .... and some little activities you can try for yourself

Understanding Control .... and some little activities you can try for yourself

By Alexandra O'Brien


Control and the desire to be in control is often synonymous with eating disorders. Of course, that's not the case for everyone experiencing eating disorders/disordered eating. However, many find that having some control over something in their life - food and weight and body - helps them feel they have some more control over other things in their life that otherwise feel overwhelming, stressful, difficult to deal with or out-of-control. 


Despite what many who don't really 'get' what eating disorders are, it's important to highlight that  eating disorders are rarely about about beauty, appearance or looking a certain way. In fact, they often have little to do with food, but lots to do with gaining control and finding a way of coping with life. Thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories and experiences are all controlled through one’s relationship with food. Control …