Here you will find articles that address various emotional, physical, behavioral and spiritual symptoms that are often part of the eating disorder experience.


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Portia de Rossi, Anorexia and Secrets

Portia de Rossi is helping countless people to get a more accurate window into the agonies of living with anorexia.

Unreality Shouts is running an article describing part of an interview with Portia. She raises the important issue of secrets.

Anorexic to Obese and back again....and again

by Kym Lamb, guest writer

I grew up being underweight; I believe I didn't get enough nutritional foods, but it had more to do with my parents income than emotional or compulsive behaviors. Starting at the age of 22 , gaining weight hasn't been a problem. Having food available and never having had to learn to restrain my eating, I found myself moving up and up the scale until I reach the “obese” level by the age of 25.

My first bout of anorexia came when I was 30.

Stolen Dreams: Authentic Desire Eclipsed by Eating Disorders

SolarEclipse1995What's behind the black sphere that glows in the dark? Or rather, what's behind your eating disorder barricade that occasionally shimmers faintly in your psyche - a surprising idea, a wish, a fantasy that you are certain could never come true?

An eating disorder is a dream stealer. The powerful forces that maintain your eating disorder block out possibilities for personal discovery. When you think about food, weight, shape, resist or succumb to cravings you create an eclipse of your authentic self.  And you may not know it.


Portia's Unbearable Lightness and Ellen's Incredulity

Smoke_trailMy Perspective on Ellen Degeneres, Portia de Rossi, Unbearable Lightness and the lived experience of anorexia and bulimia.

As a psychotherapist with many years of working with women with eating disorders, this photograph of smoke says it all.

It's beautiful. It's light. It's beyond human grasp. It's transitory. It's graceful. It can take many forms yet always be beyond criticism because the shifting shape and barest presence is always lovely.

But it's not a human being, and it is not what a human being can be.

Ellen says she was stunned by the degree of self hate Portia discloses in her book.  Self hate can be thoroughly disguised, even

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