An old friend from high school called me yesterday, quite upset. He was almost crying and said he thinks his wife of fifteen years needs to get help for anorexia and bulimia. He asked me what he should do? “Well,” I asked, “how long has she been struggling with it?” “I believe since we were married,” he said. [...]
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient on Jul 15, 2013
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient on May 06, 2013
One of the hardest parts of getting over an eating disorder is earning back people’s trust. Lets face it, this disease does nothing to gain any friends, but rather enemies. When you truly decide in your heart that you want to get better, it is truly a gift. So how do you earn that trust [...]
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient on Aug 29, 2011
My parents made the Sopranos look like the Cleavers. If my father wasn’t slamming the door as he sped off in his car, my mother was taking all of his clothes and burning them in the fireplace, or breaking into his place of business and doing her own CSI investigation on his bank statements.
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient on Aug 27, 2011
I couldn’t do math to save my life, but I love to surprise people, do special things for them, and be there for them through thick and thin. I can engage somebody in a conversation for hours just based off personal experiences in my life, most of which are nothing less then an “I love Lucy episode”
by Dr. Jonathan Rader on Jul 14, 2011
The Internet can be a useful tool for individuals seeking information on eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating disorder. For the most part, online research is conducted by those persons either suffering with an eating disorder, or their friends and family, who want some authoritative information on causes, symptoms and treatment options. Mental healthcare providers and numerous professional organizations and treatment centers…
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient on May 14, 2011
To find someone you love is quite lucky. To find somebody you want to walk down the aisle with and spend the rest of your life with is even better. Marriage has its challenges, ask any of my married friends. The Statistics say that fifty percent of marriages now end in divorce. The reasons are pretty much across the board with the obvious ones being infidelity, finances, and boredom. However there is a hidden reason that marriages can also crumble…
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient on Mar 01, 2011
I remember the first time I decided to enter treatment for my eating disorder, I was a sophomore in college and I had run out of options. I had tried for years to hide the fact that I was sick, even though everybody around me knew I was. I had basically become the way too “Thin Pink Elephant” in the middle of the room that nobody said anything about.
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient on Jan 26, 2011
So I was going through a box of old family photographs today, and I found a picture of my grandmother when she was my age. I did a double take because I almost thought it was me. As I looked at the picture some more I realized that I had a body very, very similar to hers. I had her legs, her feet, her hands, and yes even her smile. My grandmother was one of my best friends and I was so blessed to have had her in my life for as long as I did.
by Melissa DeHart - Former Patient on Dec 10, 2010
My “friends” are my “family”, and are the ones who were in the ring with me before I left. They fought out round after round with me, until I finally threw in the towel and decided to get some serious help. Although they were extremely proud of my accomplishments, and quite honestly shocked that I had after 18 years of being “notoriously difficult” managed to not only get my act together, but also…
by Dr. Jonathan Rader on Aug 12, 2010
It is typical for brothers and sisters of patients with eating disorders to feel overwhelmed by how the disease is affecting their sibling. This frequently instills fear and, rather than seeking answers, siblings tend to retreat or respond with anger and resentment.