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Explanations, University & Hospital

So. Long time no post. Over the last 10 months, my life has taken a direction that has been unexpected, to say the least. In short, I have had to drop out of university due to my mental and physical health and I am now currently attending an eating disorder unit at a local hospital.… Continue reading Explanations, University & Hospital

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DBT Tips: Radical Acceptance

Radical acceptance is a concept that I use quite regularly in order to help me cope day to day and to challenge negative thoughts and feelings. It is a concept that you will most probably hear associated with DBT (dialectical behavioural therapy), as it falls under the module of distress tolerance within its framework. I myself… Continue reading DBT Tips: Radical Acceptance

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The Little Green Man with the Red Boots

The little green man with the red boots. That voice inside your head that cunningly infects the way you think, insisting you miss that snack, skip that class and do that compulsion just one more time. Just. One. More. Time. JUST. ONE. MORE. TIME… For a long time, I struggled to separate OCD, anorexia etc. from myself. This was particularly evident… Continue reading The Little Green Man with the Red Boots

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Level Up Achieved – Turning 18

Today I turned 18. This is a milestone for me. Not in the regular sense of becoming an adult and thus legally being able to fill my whole room with alcohol, but in the sense that I’ve somehow made it through my teenage years and I’m about to move onto the next stage of my… Continue reading Level Up Achieved – Turning 18

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A Ticking Time Bomb | Personal Update

If I was posed the question – ‘Ellen, how would you describe yourself?‘ I would say a ticking time bomb. Emotional regulation is something I really struggle with. The roller coaster of different emotions I go through each day is exhausting and it can be really hard to predict how each day is going to… Continue reading A Ticking Time Bomb | Personal Update

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The DBT Diaries: Pt 1 Introduction

A few months ago, I was introduced to the prospect of a new treatment plan by my therapist. That being DBT. DBT stands for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and is an intensive treatment programme that consists of weekly individual therapy and group skills coaching, plus phone coaching when needed. One phrase you might hear quite often… Continue reading The DBT Diaries: Pt 1 Introduction