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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: BalboaPress (November 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452543860
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452543864
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,189,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In May 2012, Laura Susanne Yochelson graduated from American University summa cum laude with university honors in health promotion. Laura has been featured in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and IDEA Health and Fitness Association's Fitness Journal. Additionally, she became certified as a personal trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2008. Find Laura on the web at www.LauraSusanneYochelson.com.

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Yochelson gives a very personal account of her experience with eating disorders.
Amazon Customer
I look forward to reading more from this courageous writer as she continues on her healing path.
Somebody's Nurse
It was very painful for me to read how Laura suffered from childhood to adulthood.
Debra L. Mauldin

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BeWell on May 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
In Sick Laura Susanne Yochelson describes her journey of coming to terms with OCD, anxiety, and anorexia nervosa. The story begins in Yochelson's early childhood, describing her apparently ideal-to-an-outsider upbringing. As behaviors of OCD emerged in late elementary school and a family move took her across the country, Yochelson's awareness of the power of body image grew right along with her personal struggles. All of the accolades and awards that come with being a successful student and athlete couldn't shake her feeling of inadequacy.
Attempting to gain control through restrictive dieting was both expected and shocking. Although I realize the power of the media has changed significantly since I was in high school--back when Yochelson was in diapers--I found her discussion of the misinformation she learned in health class vis-à-vis the food pyramid and basic nutrition surprising and disconcerting.
Participation basketball and cross-country were part of Yochelson's school years. Well-meaning coaches attempted to instruct Yochelson, who was already swirling in the pool of anxiety, and their support was felt as pressure to succeed. The point was made multiple times that she felt like she had no adult she could trust.
Yochelson's parents intervened in multiple ways, such as supporting her through years of therapy and seeking out specialist physicians. Though she clearly did not find either her parents' or the professional support valuable, she eventually sought out holistic health practitioners who have given her the strength to continue on the journey to healing herself. Now living a life of wellness, Yochelson's candid telling of her journey is heartfelt.
As a parent, I was moved by Yochelson's repeated statements that she just wanted someone to notice her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2013
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Yochelson gives a very personal account of her experience with eating disorders. Yochelson's emotional experiences radiate from the book, giving great insight into the sadness, frustration, anger, failure, embarrassment, self-loathing and more that she experienced. Fortunately we also get to witness the moments of triumph and success as well.

One of the strengths of her telling of her life from childhood to college is that it demonstrates how unaware we may be of how messages send are received. The book highlights how others may have been well intentioned yet they failed to really understand what was going on or their efforts actually worked counter to their intentions. It is an important reminder of the importance of understanding where the other person is instead of operating only from our own perspective.

The book also demonstrates how important it is to allow individuals to find their own path to healing or change, no matter what the issue is. While many "experts", and non-experts for that matter, may have the answer, the truth is that they only have an answer. The simple truth is that there are often many paths to a destination and each person gets to pick their own. That message definitely hit home with me as a therapist.

In that vein, this isn't a book about how to deal with eating disorders. It is a book about creating understanding through one woman's personal experience. She shows the struggles she face, that factors that impacted her and how she has worked to find her own path.

Yet Yochelson doesn't just leave readers without help. She has included an extensive array of resources at the end of the book.
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Sick: In the Name of Being Well, I Made Myself Sick is the story of Laura Yochelson's struggle with anorexia, OCD and depression. The memoir was quite moving and very interesting to read. The cause of Laura's affliction is a combination of influences from the media, struggles with her family, and negative encounters with peers. She fights with anorexia for many years. Despite struggles with doctors, therapists, and her parents, Laura eventually succeeds in overcoming anorexia. Yochelson includes a self-help guide at the end of the story that is a wonderful resource for anyone who is battling with an eating disorder. Laura's determination and perseverance is an inspiration to all those who have fought against anorexia.

By Elisha (Avery Griffin-author of The Demon Rolmar)
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By ashley moore on December 16, 2014
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One of the first things that I noticed when starting Laura's book, was that she completely captured the mind of young Laura. As the book goes on, I realized that the writing style had changed as she ages. I find that absolutely brilliant, and it's one of my favorite aspects of the book.
Although this book was sometimes painful to read because she is able to convey in great detail the frustration, fear and loneliness she felt during her life, I would recommend this book to anyone who is learning how to cope with a difficult time in their life. Laura today stands strong; a beautiful woman inside and out, and I feel blessed to have been able to read her book and understand how people with ED struggle on a day-to-day basis.
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More About the Author

Laura Susanne Yochelson first began writing stories and diary entries as a young child. After moving to southern California then being diagnosed with an eating disorder as a young teenager, Yochelson courageously opened up about her experiences in college. She went on to graduate summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in health promotion from American University in Washington, DC.

Yochelson's first publication, the nonfiction book Sick: In The Name of Being Well, I Made Myself Sick, is based on her personal experiences with anorexia nervosa and healing. Her most recent publication, The Hole Clicks, follows a young woman's quest to revitalize her heart.

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