- 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: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,103,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sick: In The Name of Being Well, I Made Myself Sick
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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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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. The resources include a diverse range of modalities, demonstrating Yochelson's commitment to each person finding the method that works best for them.
In my opinion, this book is a valuable read for several different audiences. For anyone dealing with eating disorders it shows you that you are not alone and provides some excellent resources to get started on your journey of change. For friends and family members it gives incredible insight into at least one person's mind and gives pause to consider how our actions may be impacting that person. And for therapists, it is that all important reminder that while we may be professionals, we need to always be aware of the client and their perspective.
The resources at the end of the book are very helpful and one thing that modern medicine fails again and again to recognize is the impact of the stress response on illness. Laura Susanna poignantly depicts in this work her constant state of high stress, which we in the medical field know leads to changes in neurological structures and physical structures in the brain and body. Perhaps the greatest hope for anorexics (and really for all of us) is in the learning to enter into the relaxation response in order for healing to occur. The resources section provides a brief overview of some resources that support this process, and hopefully supports anorexics and their families in finding the right sort of integrative and truly healing support in their community; the type of deep healing support that is likely not available in most mainstream medical settings. The more we can view anorexia as a stress response and a call for the person to move forward toward healing, the more likely we will be able to support people in finding a truly holistic sense of healing, health, and evolutionary growth.
I look forward to reading more from this courageous writer as she continues on her healing path.
Dr. Carey S. Clark, PhD, RN, AHN-BC
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