Recovery: Learn the Rules Before You Break Them

One of my favorite quotes from the Dalai Lama (and there are many) is: “Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.” This sentiment can apply to all sorts of things. You need to learn the basics of playing the piano before you can create an improvised melody. You need to understand … Continued

About Joanna Kay

Joanna Kay is a writer in New York City and is recovering from an eating disorder. She is the author of The Middle Ground, a blog that deals with issues that impact people midway through the recovery process. You can follow Joanna on Facebook and Twitter, and additionally you can check out her blog The Middle Ground. Follow her HMC posts on Twitter with #AfterAnorexia


Thanksgiving

Keep Recovery First: A Holiday Survival Guide

It’s that time of year again. Here in the United States, Thanksgiving is just a few days away, while around the world Christmas and other winter holidays are fast approaching. For most people, this means good food and time spent with family. But for those of us with eating disorders, the holidays can be a … Continued

About Joanna Kay

Joanna Kay is a writer in New York City and is recovering from an eating disorder. She is the author of The Middle Ground, a blog that deals with issues that impact people midway through the recovery process. You can follow Joanna on Facebook and Twitter, and additionally you can check out her blog The Middle Ground. Follow her HMC posts on Twitter with #AfterAnorexia


Am I Ready to Leave Treatment?

After winning the battle against my insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield (which I wrote about in my last #AfterAnorexia post), I was granted ten more days in intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment. The reversal came as a huge relief to me, because I had been cut off very suddenly and without any time to make … Continued

About Joanna Kay

Joanna Kay is a writer in New York City and is recovering from an eating disorder. She is the author of The Middle Ground, a blog that deals with issues that impact people midway through the recovery process. You can follow Joanna on Facebook and Twitter, and additionally you can check out her blog The Middle Ground. Follow her HMC posts on Twitter with #AfterAnorexia


How Stigma Keeps Us Sick: A Fight with Blue Cross Blue Shield

Stigma. It’s real and it impacts all of us in the mental health community. This is not new information, I’m sure, but I don’t think a reminder would hurt. And I’m feeling particularly irate after the week I’ve just had. I live in New York City and work at a private university, which means I … Continued

About Joanna Kay

Joanna Kay is a writer in New York City and is recovering from an eating disorder. She is the author of The Middle Ground, a blog that deals with issues that impact people midway through the recovery process. You can follow Joanna on Facebook and Twitter, and additionally you can check out her blog The Middle Ground. Follow her HMC posts on Twitter with #AfterAnorexia


Meeting Myself: Eating Disorders and Self-Discovery

The day that I found out I was being sent to a residential treatment program, I ordered two bracelets on Etsy.com from a seller named Fair Quarry: a red bracelet to symbolize my battle with anorexia and white one to symbolize my recovery. I wrote the seller to ask if the bracelets could be mailed … Continued

About Joanna Kay

Joanna Kay is a writer in New York City and is recovering from an eating disorder. She is the author of The Middle Ground, a blog that deals with issues that impact people midway through the recovery process. You can follow Joanna on Facebook and Twitter, and additionally you can check out her blog The Middle Ground. Follow her HMC posts on Twitter with #AfterAnorexia


Why I March Against ED

Today, I’m traveling to Washington, D.C. To make the trip, I worked three weekends this summer to earn comp time, booked a train ticket and hotel room that stretched my budget uncomfortably far, and did many-a-breathing exercise to calm myself every time I thought of the solo journey. I’d better have a pretty good reason … Continued

About Joanna Kay

Joanna Kay is a writer in New York City and is recovering from an eating disorder. She is the author of The Middle Ground, a blog that deals with issues that impact people midway through the recovery process. You can follow Joanna on Facebook and Twitter, and additionally you can check out her blog The Middle Ground. Follow her HMC posts on Twitter with #AfterAnorexia


What Does Eating Disorder Recovery Feel Like?

In group therapy this weekend, a tearful young woman said she doubted that she’d ever recover from her eating disorder. The more she fought it, the more she was consumed by strong urges and painful emotions. Her therapists and peers assured her that recovery takes time, but she was starting to feel defeated. The group … Continued

About Joanna Kay

Joanna Kay is a writer in New York City and is recovering from an eating disorder. She is the author of The Middle Ground, a blog that deals with issues that impact people midway through the recovery process. You can follow Joanna on Facebook and Twitter, and additionally you can check out her blog The Middle Ground. Follow her HMC posts on Twitter with #AfterAnorexia


It’s Time to Grieve Your Eating Disorder

If you are recovering from an eating disorder, then you have likely heard that recovery is a process. This can be a helpful reminder on the days when recovery seems just too far out of reach. But when I hear the word “process,” I think of something that includes a series of distinct steps that … Continued

About Joanna Kay

Joanna Kay is a writer in New York City and is recovering from an eating disorder. She is the author of The Middle Ground, a blog that deals with issues that impact people midway through the recovery process. You can follow Joanna on Facebook and Twitter, and additionally you can check out her blog The Middle Ground. Follow her HMC posts on Twitter with #AfterAnorexia


Body Dysmorphia: Seeing With a Different Set of Eyes

Have you ever glanced in the mirror and wished your nose were smaller, or your hair were straighter, or your hips were narrower? What if those thoughts took up your entire day? What if they kept you prisoner in your own home? Dissatisfaction with one’s physical appearance is not uncommon. But if that dissatisfaction interferes … Continued

About Joanna Kay

Joanna Kay is a writer in New York City and is recovering from an eating disorder. She is the author of The Middle Ground, a blog that deals with issues that impact people midway through the recovery process. You can follow Joanna on Facebook and Twitter, and additionally you can check out her blog The Middle Ground. Follow her HMC posts on Twitter with #AfterAnorexia


Dispelling Eating Disorder Stereotypes

White teenage female. Private school student in an upper middle-class suburb. Inveterate perfectionist. Anorexic. At age 14, I typified the so-called eating disorder profile. These illnesses have long been associated with middle- to upper-class young white women, even among the most sympathetic professionals. (Hilde Bruch, a pioneering eating disorder practitioner, said in her 1978 book … Continued

About Joanna Kay

Joanna Kay is a writer in New York City and is recovering from an eating disorder. She is the author of The Middle Ground, a blog that deals with issues that impact people midway through the recovery process. You can follow Joanna on Facebook and Twitter, and additionally you can check out her blog The Middle Ground. Follow her HMC posts on Twitter with #AfterAnorexia