Laura Susanne Yochelson grew up in the D.C. metro area. Her plans of becoming a professional basketball player changed in middle school when her family moved across the country to Southern California. Laura found San Diego beautiful but also very competitive and body-conscious. She pushed hard in cross-country and track, and it was not long because she was diagnosed with an eating disorder.
Laura’s main goal in high school was to get into a really good college and measure up to her parents with master’s degrees. She played tennis and did triathlon while suffering from severe anxiety and painful anorexia nervosa. She got into some very good schools in California but decided to go back to the D.C. area and attend American University (AU), a liberal arts college.
Laura graduated summa cum laude from AU and recently earned her Master’s of Science degree in health promotion management from AU. She continued to suffer with anxiety, eating issues, and psychosis. However, with the support of her family, the faculty at AU, and her treatment team she finished her degrees and found a caring community.
Laura’s career goal is to help others with mental illness. She has written about her recovery experience in the blogs of BEE Daring Foundation, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Active Minds, The AU Eagle, and others. Through writing and speaking, Laura distills to others the lessons she has learned from past mistakes and shares a story about gaining self-awareness. Instead of letting her life be defined by setbacks, she has learned to accept support and not judge her past.
Topics, Laura would like to talk about that pertain to Mental Health: Eating disorders, psychosis, life transitions, family dynamics, alternative medicine, mental health recovery, relationships
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