I feel comfortable writing about emotional eating and anxiety and depression and eating disorders because not only have I been around a lot of people with them and done my research, but I have experienced them myself.
This might not be the case for you, so if you want to talk about sensitive topics on your blog and don’t have personal experience to share (or are a little weary about discussing it), these are my tips.
Always Include a Disclaimer
This goes for everyone, whether you are discussing your own experience with eating disorders or mental health, or you are using PLR on your blog. Some content you add to your blog might be worded in a way that makes it sound like you are giving advice. Be careful! Make sure your readers know you are not a medical or mental health professional.
Be Careful About Using the Word ‘Treatment’
This is something I learned just recently, so I have since adjusted how my titles and content is written. I advise you think before you tell your readers about natural options for treatment. With this type of angle, I would personally use ‘manage’ or ‘cope’, instead of insinuating they can fully treat or cure an eating disorder without medical intervention.
Stay Neutral About Natural VS Medical Options
There are a lot of things people can do on their own to help cope with an eating disorder or mental health issue, but that doesn’t mean it will help everyone, or that they should only rely on that.
This is where this topic gets tricky. I know many of you are like me where you tend to lean more toward natural and holistic options.
Personally, I do a lot of journaling and self-care at home, but I also have a therapist. I don’t medicate and do talk therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy instead, but this isn’t for everyone.
This is why I would stay neutral. Of course, you can do whatever you feel comfortable with, but if you are a little weary about the topic, I would mention ALL options. With eating disorders, I highly, highly recommend encouraging them to also get help from a professional for treatment (see what I mean about treatment?).
Eating disorders are potentially life-threatening – so it’s okay if you don’t agree with my approach – but that is the only way I would personally feel comfortable talking about it.
Do Research on Proper Wording
This one is more about being sensitive and not wanting to offend someone. It is really hard researching your own eating disorder or mental health issue when so many blogs or sites will use wording that makes you instantly feel worse.
I think the best place to go to figure out how to word this type of content is blogs or social media of people who have these issues. Not just someone offering advice – but those actually suffering from it. Look through their posts and see how they personally like to talk about it. You can learn a lot just by spending a little extra time learning about the sufferers themselves.
Quick Tip: Look up things like “what not to say to someone with an eating disorder” and similar phrases in Google. You should get some good ideas of what not to say with those results as well.
Know the PLR Providers Beforehand
The reason I feel comfortable promoting Susie & Geoff after they wrote about eating disorders is because they write (most, if not all) their own content, and they do their research. I would absolutely trust them to take their time making sure the content is not half-assed, and approaching this type of topic with kindness.
Other PLR providers have attempted this type of topic, and I refused to promote because I didn’t like how they talked about eating disorders or mental health. So my last tip is to really know who you are buying prewritten content from when it comes to highly sensitive topics.
I hope this helped! Let me know if you have any questions.