About Hannah Crowley, Author of "Getting Through Tough Times"
Wednesday, December 31 2014 Hannah Crowley
My name is Hannah Crowley, and I was first diagnosed with anorexia nervosa in 2003 when I was just 13 years old. I was a young, sheltered, over-achiever with absolutely no concrete idea of what my diagnosis meant. Weren’t anorexics all just stick-thin models who were far too vain for their own good? Because that’s what I had heard, somewhere. That’s what the papers told me. That’s what my parents said. That’s what I read in the pages of magazines I had hidden covertly between the covers of English classics. Bronte, Dickens and Austin. Anorexia was stupidity. It was a sin. I should probably just eat, get over myself, and grow up. Right? Wrong.
Getting Through My Own Tough Times
The guilt that I was unintentionally made to feel throughout the long, weary, turbulent duration of my eating disorder is something that will probably stay with me for many years to come. But it is also something I am passionate about eradicating. So many young people suffer in silence -- inwardly crying and outwardly smiling -- hiding the anxiety, the depression, and the pain, believing their mental “defects” to be fetters of their own making. They believe them to be their own fault, their crosses to bear. But it is an illusion.
Growing up with a mental illness should not have to be taboo. It shouldn’t be hidden away. It should be looked on as any other impairment would be and treated accordingly. As someone who spent most of my adolescence and young adult life in various mental facilities, I am now at a healthier point where I believe I have the tools to help, listen, and talk to other young people in similar positions of pain. And that is why I am so excited about becoming a part of HealthyPlace, and writing in the blog, Getting Through Tough Times. Because times are tough, and life can be hard. But it can also be beautiful. It can be healthy. And we can be free.