Personal Stories

Personal stories highlight the experiences of people just like you. You’ll find stories from people who experience mental health or substance use problems, people who support a loved one, and people who work in mental health or substance use fields. They share their own experiences and perspectives, and describe their personal journeys to understanding, health and well-being.

Personal stories highlight hope and well-being, not treatment advice. Check out the Self-Help Resources section of this site for info sheet and workbooks, and talk to your doctor or health care provider to discuss treatment options that might be a good fit for you.

  1. Stigmas Surrounding Eating Disorders

    Interview Elizabeth Thornton Cronin and Anne Reprinted from "Stigma" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(5), p. 27 Elizabeth: In the past you've hesitated about sharing your story. This time, you agreed right away. Why? Anne: I feel I've ...

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  2. Silence the Judge, Release the Victim

    A lesson in living Holly Whalen, CMA Reprinted from "Eating Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, 1(16), pp. 17-18 I was a career woman, making a six-figure income by the time I was thirty years old. I had a professional degree. I traveled ...

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  3. Bingeing and the Blues

    Victoria Maxwell Reprinted from "Women" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(4), pp. 28-29 I'm not picky. I'll mainline sugar, carbs and fats in any form — ideally alternating between scoops of Snow Star Neapolitan ice cream and thick chu ...

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  4. My Eating Disorder

    Tough first steps in overcoming bulimia Caitlin M. Reprinted from "Women" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(4), p. 29 Shhhhhhh. Relief settles over my body as I hear the glorious sound of my problems flush down the toilet. I stumble into the bed ...

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  5. Dear Dad

    Christine Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3), p. 17 When Elizabeth, the Executive Director of ANAD, asked me if I would write a letter to you about our relationship during my illness, I said yes right away without eve ...

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  6. My Life

    From one extremity to the other Michelle Dean Reprinted from "Treatments" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 3(1), pp. 15-17 How did 'it' happen? Food, at times, has been my ‘friend’ and confidant (over-eating). Other times it has been my ...

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  7. When Sorry Is Too Late

    Amanda's story Amanda Johnson Web-only article from "Women" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(4) "Cow!" Justin shouted at the top of his lungs. "Go graze in the field with the rest of your family," he added. Everyone lau ...

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  8. The Mind Shaft

    Suzannah Kelly Reprinted from "Campuses" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (3), pp. 18-19 You’d be amazed at the places I’ve puked. Like a junkie knowing the hit that caused rock bottom, I remember my worst purge. Something shifted. I’d been loo ...

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  9. Conversations with Myself

    Danielle Raymond Reprinted from "CBT" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 6 (1), p. 10 If you had asked me when I was 16 if I thought I’d be sharing my life with an eating disorder, I’d probably have said not likely. I may have added something about ...

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  10. Nourishing a Body With Self-Esteem

    Our daughter taught us eating disorders aren't just about food Doreen Reprinted from "Eating Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, 1(16), p. 21 Sometimes it's a chore being the baby of the family. Everyone walking before you has d ...

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