Personal Stories Library

  • Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction — and My Own
    Have you ever heard a skinny, super successful, professional woman spouting the horrors of obesity? We all have, and the widespread reaction from anyone who has ever struggled with their weight is along the lines ...
  • Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back
    Loneliness, shame, depression: all of these are a part of the life of someone with an eating disorder. If they are unable to confide in anyone, the names Ana (anorexia) and Mia (bulimia) may quickly ...
  • [A]Musings of a Spiritual Atheist
    [A]Musings of a Spiritual Atheist by Andrew J. Ackerman is a book about the author's journey from addiction to recovery.  Ackerman, the self-described hard-line "spiritual atheist," uses the book to offer his experience with 12-step ...
  • White Elephants
    As I cried, I wanted to believe it was the alcohol that induced Mom’s words.  I had to believe it was the alcohol.  I don’t want them.  The words rang in my ears.  That’s the ...
  • Loud In The House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl
    I found "Loud In The House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl" by Stacy Pershall to be a superbly written, first-person account of a young girl's struggle with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar ...
  • Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia
    Between three and six percent of all teens struggle with some type of eating disorder, be it bulimia, binge eating, or anorexia. Because these illnesses involve eating, they seem to take a blow at family ...
  • Fat People
    For his book Fat People, Bill Schubart has created and gathered a collection of stories that will make you rethink your relationship with food. Schubart is smart, sensitive and unnervingly keen at noticing details.  The ...
  • Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives: Recovery from Eating Disorders
    Aimee Liu writes with a gentleness and an understanding that only someone who has been through the painful process of recovery can truly possess: Her 1979 memoir, Solitaire, was the first discussion of anorexia nervosa ...
  • The Voice of an Eating Disorder
    Many people have a difficult time comprehending eating disorders and their true intensity and severity. Myths abound: Eating disorders are a choice. (They’re ...
  • A Chance to Live
    Inside every human being is a drive. Sometimes the drive is clear cut: he or she wants to be a doctor, a lawyer, a wife, a mother, a husband, a father, or something else entirely. ...
  • The Eating Disorder Beast Can Be Beaten
    I'm 15 years old, it's 3:00 p.m., school is out and I can't wait to get home and be alone. I'm dizzy, lightheaded, and cold. As I go to my locker to get ...
  • Being Teased and Taunted
    I grew up mostly in Alexandria, Minn., but moved to Ada in the 6th grade. When I was young I was a very emotional child. I was put into a special class, even thought I ...
  • Façade
    I cannot speak on behalf of every depressed or troubled teenager and even if I could, I would not want to. Depression is an illness, not a personality defect or a lifestyle choice, as people ...

 

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