Purge: Rehab Diaries

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Da Capo Press, Mar 17, 2009 - Self-Help - 288 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 clichéd 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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I thought this book was great! Its inspirational, and I could connect with pretty much everything she was saying. At times it was almost like she was describing my life. Whenever I feel the need to ... Read full review

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I loved this book, and the plain out there ways she described herself and the world. But i very much disagree with her about Minnesota. i think it is so rude when people stereotype Mn and its inhabitants. we have a sense of community and smarts just as any other state. 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
78
Scenes from the Dining Room of the EatingDisordered
82
Individual Therapy with Therapist Elaine 88 Group Therapy with Therapist Elaine
85
The Vibrator Policy at the
92
Confession
94
Scars
101
Autobiography
103
Horseback Riding
108
Psychodrama
112
Geriatric Skate
117
Johannsonator Sessions
145
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
166
Dairy Queen
169
Crack Kills
171
Voodoo House Field Trip
174
Fight Club
176
Team Building
179
Playground Love
186
Safety Contract
189
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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 fiancé, Brady Johnson. She has been in recovery from her eating disorder since 2005.

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