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And other tales of anorexia
I've been on antidepressants for years. Am I allowed to say I don't like that? And when can I come off them?
Food used to be the most effective way to communicate, but eventually I realized it's just a dead language.
Toward the end of my anorexia, I believed even thinking about food was wrong. And here I am today, excited about new bread recipes. What gives?
Does a recovered anorexic face specific obstacles when she tries to moderate her drinking habits?
Lovato has always been open about her eating disorder and self-mutilation, but why only now is she disclosing her history of substance abuse?
Social media can connect people in productive, healthy ways, but when the users are sick or aspiring to be, the consequences are more pronounced.
Nutritional apps are ubiquitous, but do they really teach us what it means to be "healthy?"
When I find out a girl I knew in the hospital passed away, I struggle to grieve for her.
A writer volunteers at a psych ward where she was once a patient, and again confronts her stereotypes––negative and positive––about those who suffer from mental illness.
Kelsey Osgood is the author of How to Disappear Completely. Her essays have appeared in New York and The New Yorker's Culture Desk blog.