WOW! One of my posts has been published yet again on NEDIC. http://www.nedic.ca/blog/?p=732#comments
This post is about not blaming the patient. We've talked about this before on this blog, and we noted how blaming the patient is unfair and unjust. It harms our society even more by making us think that people with mental illnesses are to blame for their troubles. What's more, this belief incorrectly identfies patients as being problematic. Instead, I believe that we need to realize that mental illnesses are real, serious, and that they are the cause of many factors. Blaming patients never helps, and with mental illnesses, this discourages victims frm getting help. We should, instead, care for these people and help them see that although they may have a mental illness (or even any problem at all!), they are not be to blamed. In addition, it is against the law to discriminate against anyone with any condiiton - whether that be a mental illness, a physical health condition, certain beliefs or values, etc.
So, this publication is for all those who have struggled with this. This is for people who have been called names because of their condition. It is for victims who have been told by others that they are useless or hopeless because of what they suffer from. I am sorry for your pain. But know that as society evolves and as people begin to speak out, things can and will change. Be confident in yourself and never let anyone bring you down. You are more than your mental or physical illness. In fact, I never say that I chose ED. ED chose me. I am not defined by my eating disorder; rather, I define myself by my experiences, my stregnths, my joys, and my accomplishments.