Opposite Action

For every action there is a reaction, for every mistake there are repercussions, and every emotion has it’s antithesis. Too often we listen to our hearts and end up burned, and too often do our immediate responses to a situation cause more trouble than we had in the first place. A burst of anger, aContinue reading “Opposite Action”

Tattoos Tell Stories

Yesterday afternoon, I got my sixth tattoo, and my husband got his first. No, they weren’t matching, not exactly. We got each other’s mascots on our forearms. The story is that while spending a week at a music festival last summer, my husband bought two small carved animal figurines. You know the ones- they’re madeContinue reading “Tattoos Tell Stories”

Pulling Back the Curtains of Anorexia

Sometimes, in order to understand our problems we need to visit the true roots of our behavior. Our actions are the surface of a stormy sea, and beneath lie the emotions, distortions, and mantras that secretly generate the waves. At times like these I force myself to stop and ask: Why am I doing this?Continue reading “Pulling Back the Curtains of Anorexia”

On Being Yourself and Making Good Choices

Just because you are one thing does not mean you are not another. We are complex beings with a range of thoughts and emotions that can often contradict each other- but that does not mean they are not all equally valid. This the central idea of my favorite type of therapy- DBT, or Dialectical BehavioralContinue reading “On Being Yourself and Making Good Choices”

Control

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. Latin Proverb Having control over one’s circumstances is a vital part of feeling secure and developing a sense of purpose. When we feel like we have no say in what happens to us, it is easy to succumb to a sense of hopelessness and depression.Continue reading “Control”

What It Is About Eating

My father first explained to me what anorexia was when he spoke of one of his favorite singers, Karen Carpenter, passing away due to complications of the disease in the 80s. The very idea of it baffled me. “She died because she didn’t eat,” my father told me. “Why didn’t she eat?” I asked. “BecauseContinue reading “What It Is About Eating”

Courage, Dear Heart

I spent about three weeks in a residential treatment facility when I was 22 years old. In many ways it was one of the worst things I ever experienced, but in much more important ways it was the best. The first week there was pure agony. I was so miserable, so disoriented, so desperate toContinue reading “Courage, Dear Heart”

What I Always Have Been

When trying to recount a life, especially a life that has been touched by mental illness, it can be hard to paint a broad enough picture. It’s difficult to document a story full of soaring highs and earth shattering lows in a way that does not give the reader whiplash. How can one possibly encapsulateContinue reading “What I Always Have Been”

What I’m All About

Thank you for visiting my page. This post serves as a brief explanation of who I am, and why I have chosen to share this blog with you. My name is Avery, and I am 25 years young. I have been living with Bipolar Disorder, Anorexia, Generalized Anxiety, and ADD for as long as IContinue reading “What I’m All About”

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