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Every day at The Recover Clinic brings new experiences, challenges and emotions in the battle to overcome eating disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Hear from our therapists, our clients, and others struggling with these illnesses as they share their stories and advice.

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“It was chaos with a purpose…it was wild and free and how it should be”

“It was chaos with a purpose…it was wild and free and how it should be”

“It was chaos with a purpose…it was wild and free and how it should be”

This week is Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Our client reflects on her journey rediscovering her passions and creativity… As a child, she was too busy pursuing her many passions to be aware of, or care about, feeling-self conscious. She spent hours absorbed in colouring books, late nights spent with siblings building elaborate cubbies, and whipping up vast storms in the …

On Healing…

On Healing…

On Healing…

Our client, Kirstin, talks honestly about what it’s like to truly heal yourself… It’s tempting to portray the process of healing as smooth and enjoyable – a universally positive experience. But from my experience, the reality is pretty far from that. It kinda sucks. Of course there are beautiful, even magical moments. There are turning points, milestones and achievements. We …

Keeping your recovery & self-care on track during the holidays

Keeping your recovery & self-care on track during the holidays

Keeping your recovery & self-care on track during the holidays

Our lovely client, Amber, shares her top tips for keeping your recovery on track over the festive period… Set boundaries You do not need to take part in everything and interact with everyone. Think about what you can do and what you can’t, and give yourself permission to say no to things you do not want to do. Practise daily self-care What …

5 things to do this weekend to keep your recovery on track

5 things to do this weekend to keep your recovery on track

5 things to do this weekend to keep your recovery on track

By Ellie Make your bedroom a sanctuary Your bedroom is YOUR space. What can you do this weekend to make it feel extra safe and comfortable? Perhaps you could do with some more candles and cushions, or a small space for a mediation corner? The more you make your bedroom a sanctuary for comfortability and calm, the more you’ll associate …

The point where eating disorder treatment goes wrong

The point where eating disorder treatment goes wrong

The point where eating disorder treatment goes wrong

By Ellie I read an interesting opinion piece in the Guardian recently titled: “We need to rethink how we classify mental illness”. Within the article, Tamara Kayali Browne argues that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) neglects the context of someone’s mental health disorder when listing diagnostic criteria. The DSM – the latest version being DSM-5 updated in …

How the media perpetuates an incorrect understanding of eating disorder recovery

How the media perpetuates an incorrect understanding of eating disorder recovery

How the media perpetuates an incorrect understanding of eating disorder recovery

By Ellie To summarise the tone of this post, I’ll just say that the title was going to be: Calling out the articles that I’m sick of reading. Cue the angry rant… As the person responsible for running the social media accounts for The Recover Clinic, I’m always looking for news articles that relate to our work with eating disorders, …

What eating disorder recovery means to me now

What eating disorder recovery means to me now

What eating disorder recovery means to me now

by Ellie There’s a rumour out there that full recovery from an eating disorder isn’t possible. And as much as I disagree, I can understand why some people come to that conclusion – in part because a lot of people in recovery haven’t received appropriate treatment, for an appropriate length of time. As a past client of The Recover Clinic, …

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How do you recover from an eating disorder with a full-time job?

How do you recover from an eating disorder with a full-time job?

How do you recover from an eating disorder with a full-time job?

Today is World Mental Health Day, and – to the relief of those watching the clock right now – the theme is workplace wellbeing. ‘Workplace’ and ‘wellbeing’ aren’t two words typically seen together – some may even say it’s an oxymoron. And despite great efforts by HR to bring meditation and mindfulness into the office, ad-hoc workshops do little to …

Us Two by A.A. Milne – A poem for recovery

Us Two by A.A. Milne – A poem for recovery

Us Two by A.A. Milne – A poem for recovery

Wherever I am, there’s always Pooh, There’s always Pooh and Me. Whatever I do, he wants to do, “Where are you going today?” says Pooh: “Well, that’s very odd ‘cos I was too. Let’s go together,” says Pooh, says he. “Let’s go together,” says Pooh. “What’s twice eleven?” I said to Pooh. (“Twice what?” said Pooh to Me.) “I think …