The actress' essay turns her own struggle into a source of inspiration for other people on the road to recovery.
Eating disorders are not uncommon in the entertainment industry, so Zosia Mamet’s recent confession in her column in Glamour’s September issue, though sad, is not unexpected. The actress told her story in grueling details, drawing yet more attention to the mental health discussion going on in media this week.
Today, Mamet is maintaining a healthy weight and considers herself "an addict in recovery."
"This struggle has been mostly a private one, a war nobody knew was raging inside me," she wrote. "I tried to fight it alone for a long time. And I nearly died."
The actress revealed the roots of her eating disorder. Like many, it started at an early age and plagued her for yearts to come.
"I'm not fat; I've never been fat. But ever since then, there has been a monster in my brain that tells me I am."
Another pattern, typical of eating disorders – Mamet’s struggle was largely fed by social pressures.
"Our culture delivers a real one-two punch: You want to control something, and then society says, 'Hey, how about controlling the way you look? Skinny is beautiful,' " she says.
Mamet urged readers to be open and honest about their struggles.
It was Zosia’s father, David Mamet, who helped her make the first step towards recovery, but since then, her journey has been a long and difficult one. Under her father’s guidance, Mamet sought treatment, but relapsed soon after her rehab stint had ended. Currently maintaining a healthy weight and mental state, Mamet considers herself “an addict in recovery”. She encourages others to overcome the stigma, surrounding mental illness and talk freely about their problems.