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. A Journey to Recovery

    Interview by Christina Wong Reprinted from "Eating Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 16, pp. 18-19 This interview relates the experience of a woman who speaks from a dual perspective. Having struggled with an eating disorder, she is ...

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  2. A Parent's Battle with the 'Monster'- Anorexia

    Jeannie Caldwell Reprinted from "Eating Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 16, p. 20 The toughest challenge of being a parent faced me in 1997. My daughter — my only child — was dying of anorexia nervosa. I wanted her hospitalized to ...

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  3. Anorexia

    Treading a thin line Claudia Tianne Chai Reprinted from "Treatments" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 3(1), pp. 11-12 Some people deeply miss their childhood or high school years. For me, the biggest wave of nostalgia arises when I think about th ...

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  4. Backyards to Play In

    Serena Reprinted from "Eating Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 16, pp. 15-16 ‘Have you gained weight?,” my aunt asked when we met this afternoon. “No.” I attempted to end the conversation before it started. She persisted though, in ...

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. From T.O.P.S. to Wreck Beach

    A Journey of Disordered Eating Dena Ellery Reprinted from "Eating Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 16, pp. 14-15 Disordered eating: that’s what I’ve come to call it. And I don’t think I’m alone. Most women I know have a disordered ...

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  9. 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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  10. 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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