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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. You Go, Girl

    Tiffany Reprinted from "Eating Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 16, pp. 16-17 Eating disorders are not necessarily related to having a problem with food. When I was 13, I experienced my first puppy-love crush on a boy who was 15. F ...

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  5. Silence the Judge, Release the Victim

    A Lesson in Living Holly Whalen, CMA Reprinted from "Eating Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 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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  6. 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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  7. Starving Silence

    Eating Disorders in the Lesbian Community Tania La Salle Reprinted from "Eating Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 16, p. 19 As women continue to work towards changing societal standards and expectations of beauty, we often draw upon ...

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  8. 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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  9. Nourishing a Body with Self-Esteem

    Doreen Dunn Reprinted from "Eating Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 16, p. 21 Sometimes it’s a chore being the baby of the family. Everyone walking before you has “done that.” How in the world will you ever do “it”? We consider our ...

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