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Eating Disorder Recovery – Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

  It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Or is it? For those working on eating disorder recovery, the holidays can be a very complicated time to navigate. Cultural norms around feasting, indulging, and stuffing yourself can be overwhelming. That, coupled with maneuvering problematic family dynamics, large social gatherings and holiday travel are enough to put those in recovery in a...

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Body Acceptance, Body Neutrality

Body Acceptance, Body Neutrality

  Early in my recovery from an eating disorder, much of the body image rhetoric was about learning to love my body. This narrative, although an idyllic way to think about our bodies, felt distant and impossible from the place I was in. My body had been my enemy....

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OCD the “Big Monster” with Steve Williams

OCD the “Big Monster” with Steve Williams

Steve Williams is telling a story. He says it is a perfect example of how OCD was a "big monster" in his head. Kim Vincenty, Steve Williams and I are on a Zoom call to reconnect and reflect on how we've come full circle. Twenty years ago, Kim and I owned Spiller...

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Nature’s Remedy for Mental Health

Nature’s Remedy for Mental Health

It was early. 5:30 a.m. early, and my best friend, Kim Vincenty, pulled into the driveway. We were judging an art show in Fernandina Beach, Florida, for the Shrimp Festival, and I was on my dark front porch with a broom, sweeping the detritus from the live oaks...

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Invisible Support for OCD

Invisible Support for OCD

In the months after my son’s OCD diagnosis, I was often called to school for meetings with teachers, school counselors, and administrators. Things were getting rough, but everyone was trying their best to help get Jack through the sixth grade. On one such occasion, I...

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