One of Melissa's suggested uses: fill your "Anorexia is a Liar" mug with ice cream, sprinkles, chocolate sauce and tell anorexia to eff off as your devour your creation!
My story begins with a near life-threatening eating disorder at 16 years old, coupled with debilitating anxiety and depression, which lasted for 10 years. This was a tumultuous time in my life as I vacillated from one eating disorder to another. My eating disorder was a cry for help. My family life became unraveled during high school when my brother had his first “mental break” and was diagnosed with paranoid-schizophrenia. My parents fought constantly about how best to care for him. Meanwhile I was struggling with my own anxiety and depression but felt like there was no room for me to fall apart in a family that was already drowning.
I am thankful for my eating disorder because it led me to getting the attention and help I so desperately needed at the time. And now, I am forever grateful that I was able to reach the other side of recovery and believe that my eating disorder made me a more compassionate and understanding person. It also led to me finding my calling in life; I work as a mental health counselor and dietitian helping people with eating disorders, chronic dieting, and body image struggles.
I wish people knew that mental health comes from a combination of genetics and how you were raised. My clients constantly blame themselves for their mental health issues and they don’t realize that it is not their fault, and they did not do anything to cause themselves to struggle in this capacity. Also, if you are struggling with mental health, you are not fatally flawed. People often think they are “permanently messed up” and this could not be further from the truth. Part of my work with clients is teaching them about their brain and how it works differently, not worse.
I am based in Denver, Colorado, and co-own our business, Omni Counseling and Nutrition. I offer coaching services to people outside of Denver that have difficulty finding someone in their area. The best way to get in touch with us is through our website! www.omnicounselingandnutrition.com.
We post on social media daily about topics related to eating disorder recovery, diet culture, mental health, health at every size, social justice, and much more! Additionally, we write weekly blog posts which can be found at: https://www.omnicounselingandnutrition.com/blog/
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Melissa Preston, MA, LPC, RD is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Dietitian, and co-owner of Omni Counseling and Nutrition. She serves as an advisor to Mental Health Mugs and is the brand champion for our "Anorexia is a Liar" mug. To see her suggested uses for the mug, click here.