Lauren Parkes

Patient Leader

The mentally-ill often hide their problem/s from the world—I hid my Depression and Anorexia too. But after realising that this serves only to maintain its stigma, and make sufferers feel more isolated, I decided one day to write a post on Facebook. From Australia, it found its way to a Californian Forensic Psychologist who asked for me to have my own page, "" on her website. Having battled with an eating disorder, exercise addiction, chronic anxiety and extreme insecurity, I've become an analyst of particular trends our society upholds that encourage these unhealthy mentalities. I write articles to raise awareness in hope of changing minds, lives and futures.


Rookie of the Year

Lauren is a compelling young writer who describes anorexia recovery from the inside. Her blog is brand new, but her first post received over 500 visits--a number that doubled with her second post. Frank and insightful, she is a passionate advocate for anorexia awareness.  — Kate

Lauren Parkes

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