Author Urges Young Women to Take Eating Disorders Seriously

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Laura Susanne Yochelson’s ‘Sick’ recounts her struggles with anorexia nervosa, other problems

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In ‘Sick,’ I go on a quest to recognize the human being underneath the labels inflicted upon me by society, most notably OCD, anxiety, depression, and anorexia nervosa

Despite decades of education, the National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that the statistical incidence of anorexia nervosa remains approximately stable; in other words, it remains a problem. In her new bookSick: In The Name Of Being Well, I Made Myself Sick” (published by Balboa Press), author Laura Susanne Yochelson offers young women her own story of overcoming this issue and others.

“‘Sick’ is a book about feeling like who I am is unacceptable, wanting to kill myself, losing the ‘self,’ questioning the existence of ‘self,’ letting go of the identity of the sick person, and, finally, constructing a more fulfilling life with my new and improved understanding,” Yochelson says. “In ‘Sick,’ I go on a quest to recognize the human being underneath the labels inflicted upon me by society, most notably OCD, anxiety, depression, and anorexia nervosa.”

An excerpt from “Sick”:

“At home, I began more rituals than before. I kissed the mini-Torah in my room more than several times a day so that God or some other higher power would not get mad at me for being a bad Jew. I rubbed the belly of a Buddha regularly to stay protected against the higher power’s rage. I sacrificed myself tirelessly – washing my hands, touching special items, counting letters on signs and adding them up together – all in my attempts to please the higher power. SCARY VOICES came in my head that told me I could not come in the house from playing basketball outside until I made x amount of shots in a row, from x amount of places in the driveway, x amount of times, etcetera. These voices overpowered my sense of “self” and my ability to intuit and feel in control.”

By Laura Susanne Yochelson
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 260 pages | ISBN 9781452543888
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 260 pages | ISBN 9781452543864
E-Book | 260 pages | ISBN 9781452543871
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
In May 2012, Laura Susanne Yochelson graduated summa cum laude from American University with university honors in health promotion. She has been featured in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, Washingtonian’s Well + Being Blog, IDEA Health and Fitness Association’s Fitness Journal, and The San Diego Union-Tribune. Additionally, she received certifications in personal training and performance enhancement through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2008. Find her online at

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, Inc., authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.

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