Like many other families, mine has been touched by depression and eating disorders. Here are two of the most powerful non-medical descriptions of depression and anorexia I have ever read:
‘Depression is about anger, it is about anxiety, it is about character and heredity. […] It is the illness of identity, it is the illness of those who do not know where they fit, who lose faith in the myths they have so painstakenly created for themselves.’ Tim Lott, The Scent of Dried Roses.
‘I am forever engaged in a silent battle in my head over whether or not to lift the fork to my mouth, and when I talk myself into doing so, I taste only shame. I have an eating disorder.’ Jena Morrow, Hollow: An Unpolished Tale