Purge: Rehab Diaries (Google eBook)

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Seal Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Psychology - 214 pages
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"Purge" is a beautifully crafted memoir that has a "Girl, Interrupted" feel. In this raw and engaging account of her months in rehab, Nicole Johns documents her stay in a residential treatment facility for eating disorders. Her prose is lucid and vivid, as she seamlessly switches verb tenses and moves through time. She unearths several important themes: body image and sexuality, sexual assault and relationships, and the struggle to piece together one's path in life. While other books about eating disorders and treatment may sugarcoat the harsh realities of living with and recovering from an eating disorder, "Purge" does not hold back. The author presents an honest, detailed account of her experience with treatment, avoiding the clich(r)d happily-ever-after ending while still offering hope to those who struggle with eating disorders, as well as anyone who has watched a loved one fight to recover from an eating disorder. "Purge" sends a message: though the road may be rough, ultimately there is hope.
  

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User Review  - Krystal - Goodreads

It's hard for me to love a book about eating disorders as much as I loved Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia. However, this book is right up there with it. I enjoyed reading the experience of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bookwormlaura - Goodreads

I was looking for something raw that showed the darker sides of eating disorders (I'm researching for a book of my own on this topic) and that's exactly what this book gave me. If you're interested in ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
7
Diagnosis
12
Selected Journal Entries 20012004
13
Euphemisms
18
The Last Year of Your Love Affair with EDNOS
22
The End Is the Beginning
31
Day OneAdmission
38
Psychiatric Evaluation
50
Parents Visit
120
Transformations
126
Some of Us Are Just Passing Through
129
Birthday
130
Desperation
136
Repeat Offenders
140
Heart Trouble
141
Nutrition Group
143

Day TwoWeight and Vitals
53
Breaking the Fast
56
Dr Lorensky
59
Observation
67
The Middle
70
Meal Plans
74
Snack Time
79
Scenes from the Dining Room of the EatingDisordered
82
Individual Therapy with Therapist Elaine
85
Group Therapy with Therapist Elaine
88
The Vibrator Policy at the
92
Confession
94
Scars
101
Autobiography
103
Horseback Riding
108
Psychodrama
112
Geriatric Skate
117
Johannsonator Sessions
144
Art Therapy
147
Thin Clothes Bonfire
152
Black Market and Contraband
156
Knowing My Weight
160
Safety Contract
163
Periods
164
Fat Is Not a Feeling
167
Dairy Queen
169
Crack Kills
171
Voodoo House Field Trip
174
Fight Club
177
Team Building
179
Playground Love
186
Safety Contract
189
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Nicole Johns received her MFA from the University of Minnesota and a BA in English from Penn State University-Erie. Her eating disorder developed in high school and worsened in college. The summer after starting the MFA program, Nicole spent three months in treatment for her eating disorder. Nicole currently lives in Minneapolis with her fiancť, Brady Johnson. She has been in recovery from her eating disorder since 2005.

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