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"I Gotta Stop Drinking (Actually, I Gotta Stop Denying I Have An Eating Disorder)" - Therese Borchard in Huffington Post

I found a good story on Huffington Post. . .The author is Therese Borchard who wrote "Beyond Blue" and "The Pocket Therapist" (don't feel bad -- I never heard of her either)-- But she's an articulate writer who's survived anorexia, learned to manage clinical depression and anxiety, and gone on to be a voice in the wilderness of those in the journey of recovery.*

She documents how it started for her in sixth grade as a ballerina where the heightened focus on weight being compounded the underlying stress she was experiencing at home.  She writes, "Even if I hadn't pursued dance, however, I was extremely susceptible to an eating disorder at that time. My parents separated when I was in fifth grade, and our home life was a bit of a mess in the years that followed. As so many adolescents do, I manipulated my relationship with food because it was one thing that I could control ... the only thing at that time, and so it gave me a false sense of power, which was very seductive."  It's really a good interview -- she covers how she started drining a lot and through the help of a good counselor ended up getting to the underlying issues that need healing!  Mostly depression and anxiety. . .

Raise your hand if you think you have depression!

Raise your hand if you think you have anxiety! 

(Don't worry, you're at home sitting in front of your computer, no one can see you.)

The short interview is here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/therese-borchard/weightless-how-do-you-rec...
I suggest hitting the READ MORE link at the bottom to get the full interview if you have time.

I'm hoping that this morning, as you read this blog, you're on the journey towards recovery for yourself.  A lot of times in therapy -- you'll hear the word recovery. . ."My recovery", "Treatment and recovery" --used in ways that frame recovery as a destination or something to be achieved.  But I would like to offer another way of thinking about it.

When you want to recover something -- it's something you already had.  Something that got lost due to conflict, confusion, or chaos, or. . .a gnarly power surge. 

Your recovery is about recovering. .  .Your whole self, your mind, your joy, your spirit, your peace.  Something you may feel like you've never had, but it's something that is inherently a part of who you are that can be found again.

Get your power on.  (FYI - These power cables had to be recalled, cuz their wiring was faulty.  Eh?!)

These Power Cables Don't Look Like They Have an Eating Disorder

 

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