Comfort Food

A lot of people who have never had an encounter with eating disorders labor under the misconception that having one is about food. That it's about calories, trans fats, and the act of eating. The reality, though, is entirely different from that. Anorexia, on the surface, is about being skinny. So is bulimia. Binge-eating is... Continue Reading →

Putting Yourself Down: Don’t.

We live in a day and age where criticism is widely available. If anything, we crave it even more than we get it – we post our achievements and adventures on social media and expect feedback. If our pictures get ignored, yielding no reaction whatsoever, we feel neglected. Angry, even. How dare nobody react? Even negative... Continue Reading →

Frozen: Anxiety vs Fear

I am privileged enough to say that I only recently discovered that I have never experienced true fear until this week. Now that I think about it, all the things I've been afraid of, really, have been anxieties. Anxiety is an unsettling, uncomfortable feeling that, for me, lives somewhere around my midriff and presses into my lungs... Continue Reading →

But Wasn’t It Better Before?

When you study psychology, you keep monitoring yourself. At first, it's scary because every single disorder you learn about seems to apply. Then it's fascinating. Then it becomes automatic. I can geek out about psychology for days, but I'll try to funnel it down to the bare essentials here for those who aren't like me... Continue Reading →

Sorry About What Happened

So this has been on my mind lately. Probably because of Timehop, this funky app that lets you see what you posted a year, two, three ago, on this very date. Every morning, a teasing little bubble emerges over the app's icon, reminding me that I need a quick refresher of how screwed up my... Continue Reading →

Healthy/Happy?

Well, first of all, I am officially healthy. Body-wise. After moving to my new home in Leiden, The Netherlands (not Holland, never just Holland), I immediately ransacked the internet for a good gym and came across one which used the same technology as the one I went to in Madrid. Naturally, when the trainer asked me whether... Continue Reading →

Neurotic Divers

What better way to pass the time between dive days than to read a book about scuba diving physiology on the beach? This particular tome (well, PDF file) that I picked up out of boredom and a severe lack of summertime television contains a fascinating enumeration of the things that could go wrong with someone... Continue Reading →

On the Lack of Trust: the Calorie Issue

So anorexics count calories. Duh. Not all of them (us), but most do. Most of us obsess over numbers: calories, fat, protein, carbs, you name it. Some are more obsessive than others; and most (like myself) are uncomfortable when a certain product does not have the calorie content stated explicitly on the box or in... Continue Reading →

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