Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Comments by Kiera

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  • Hi Emily, thanks for your comment. As someone who used to have an eating disorder and who now lives in a food desert, I have had to make the shift to aiming for nutrient-dense foods but relying on processed foods when necessary. I think that especially for people who tend toward restrictive eating it’s important to first make sure you’re not starving yourself. In situations where “whole foods” diets are hard to maintain (which, let’s be real, is a good portion of America) we have to make do with what we can.

  • Personally getting an ED diagnosis was helpful for me, although it was “Eating Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified” because apparently I didn’t fully meet the criteria for either anorexia or bulimia.

    The diagnosis gave me language to describe what I was experiencing and helped me to find a therapist. However, I completely understand the point that there is a broader social context for disordered eating behavior.

  • Thank you so much for this article. I work in public health, and it is MADDENING (in the metaphorical sense) to see SDOH individualized in this way. It results in “educational” programs that only provide support on an individual level and, as you said, implicitly blame the suffering person for their situation.

    There is so much blame in the way health professionals call people “high-risk”, “high-needs”, “medically complex” and other terms that serve as euphemisms for “undesirables.” Public health professionals need to STOP their hyperfocus on individual risk factors and broaden their approach to address community-level root causes of suffering and preventable illness.

    I read this article recently and I think the points made complement this article nicely: https://medium.com/@HumanImpact_HIP/when-upstream-public-health-efforts-fall-short-3297dca3c47

  • Thanks for this article. As someone with many diagnosed “anxiety disorders,” knowing that everyone is going through this same anxiety spike is actually helpful to me. It suddenly feels less like “I, a ‘mentally ill’ person, am having irrational anxiety because my brain is so messed up” and more like “I, a person, am experiencing very normal anxiety during an unstable time.”

    I’ve worked over the past year to “de-pathologize” myself and my emotions, and going through this crisis is further helping me understand that my emotions are not irrational or crazy.

  • Hi Syrena,

    Great article. It’s important to highlight how many cases of police violence are perpetuated against people with disabilities and mental health issues. The one thing I would have liked to see is an explicit acknowledgement that this violence disproportionately affects people of color living with psychosis/disabilities, even though it certainly affects white people too. There is definitely a racial dimension to who is seen as “unstable and dangerous” versus who is seen as “suffering and in need of treatment.”