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So how does an eating disorder protect someone?

April 18th, 2014 at 5:30 pm » Comments Off

One of the things that is counterintuitive about eating disorders is that they serve(d) a very real protective purpose for the sufferer. I say counterintuitive because healthy people usually can’t imagine doing something so hurtful to themselves, and the idea that these behaviors are protective is mind-boggling. So, here’s an example. This happened to me, [...]

Take Down Notice

March 24th, 2014 at 2:02 pm » Comments Off

I was served with a take down (takedown?) notice for an eating disorder worksheet, Burn’s Depression Checklist. Below is the e-mail, including full headers. It is unfortunate that the publishers are more interested in making money than in helping the mentally ill, one of the most vulnerable populations any where. This simple checklist is used [...]

Cognitive Distortion – I am a doormat.

September 23rd, 2013 at 10:31 pm » Comments Off

Yesterday, I talked about Michael Dearing‘s presentation on cognitive distortions. The first one that he addresses is Personal Exceptionalism Definition – a macro sense that you are in the top of your cohort, your work is snowflake-special, or that you are destined to have experiences well outside the bounds of “normal;” not to be confused [...]

Cognitive Distortions – Part 1

September 22nd, 2013 at 4:22 pm » Comments Off

Ever hear of Michael Dearing? Me, neither. I looked him up, and I still don’t really have a clue what he’s about. However, his presentation on cognitive distortions made it to Boing, Boing. I thought it was a pretty good discussion of what a cognitive distortion is, what some specific distortions are, and what the [...]

Food Logs

August 22nd, 2013 at 8:04 pm » Comments (1)

I haven’t written about eating disorders in a while now, like a year. It’s probably because I’m doing pretty well. On of the tools that is used to combat eating disorders is the Food Log. I have a sample on my Eating Disorder Worksheets page. In my last group meeting, my psychologist asked for our [...]


March 9th, 2012 at 9:34 pm » Comments Off

Recently, while discussing the fat shaming aspect of Disney’s Habit Heroes, a friend asked if her saying “You are what you eat.” would shame me. The simple answer is yes. I do have an eating disorder, after all. There is nothing that anyone can say, whether or not it is directed at me, about food, [...]

Weekend recap

November 7th, 2011 at 7:05 pm » Comments Off

I’m feeling better. I think I’m just feeling better, but it helped that DH gave me a great big hug when he came home and said he missed me. Later I told him that I really like that, and he said he would do it more often. I had a hard working weekend. On Saturday, [...]

Feeling kinda down

November 2nd, 2011 at 6:46 pm » Comments Off

I really should do a thought record, but the idea exhausts me. Depression, what? Anyway, I met this guy who paid a lot of attention to me at a party. I’d known him for a while, several parties, but he was all over me at that specific party. So, there was this Halloween party, and [...]

Tough Day

April 17th, 2011 at 9:08 am » Comments Off

Yesterday started fine. Chunguita and I were home alone, so we slept into 8:30. Chunguita went off to help at an open house at her daycare, and I stayed home, cleaned the kitchen, picked up poop, and exercised. I’d started the day with a sore throat. Exercising was so hard. And I felt worse afterwards. [...]

New Form: Setting Goals

June 24th, 2010 at 7:31 pm » Comments Off

I added a new form to the Eating Disorder Worksheets page. This one offers 10 steps to help you realize your goals. To be achievable, goals must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timebound (SMART). Steps for Goal Setting

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