Starving for Affection: A Journey of Eating Disorders, Drugs, and Sex.
Subject: Medical literature (Service introduction)
Pub Date: 09/22/2009
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Fall, 2009 Source Volume: 12 Source Issue: 3
Topic: NamedWork: Starving for Affection: A Journey of Eating Disorders, Drugs, and Sex (Nonfiction work) Event Code: 366 Services introduction Advertising Code: 57 New Products/Services Computer Subject: Company service introduction
Persons: Named Person: Bausch, Nancy Lee
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 208639925
Full Text: Starving for Affection: A Journey of Eating Disorders, Drugs, and Sex

By Nancy Lee Bausch, PhD

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Dr. Nancy Bausch provides a compelling tale of an adolescent's struggle with her body image and how she fits into a judgmental society. Starving for Affection: A Journey of Eating Disorders, Drugs, and Sex is based on a true story. Using a first-person narrative, it covers the period from a young girl's adolescence to her early twenties. It is a vivid retelling of how she deals with being a fat girl in a society that celebrates thinness. Bulimia and amphetamines are her solution for over 15 years.

They and the sexual scenes are graphically described and include the causes and effects of the addictions. Her secret has cost her years of her life. Her personal story is a cautionary tale for girls who will do anything to fit in, to be accepted, and to be included in today's world of slender bodies.

This is an eating disorders horror story. It is a "don't do what I did" message from girls and young women who suffered and continue to suffer from these overpowering addictions. It is not meant to be a "how to overcome these addictions" text. It is a true and real look into the lives of those who are caught in the addictive physical and emotional trap of these insidious diseases. No one would want to emulate what this person goes through in this book. It does not condone or give eating disorder tips for those either addicted or those who are thinking about losing weight like she did. It should be considered aversion therapy of the most graphic type. This is a powerful and informative read that allows a disturbing insight into the life of a girl struggling with issues most of us can only imagine.

Nancy Bausch, PhD, is currently an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University West. She has had a clinical practice for over 18 years where she specializes in depression and eating disorders. She lives with her husband and two sons in Glendale, Arizona.
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