Author Marya Hornbacher speaks to inspire action at Appalachian

The Appalachian State University Counseling Center and the High Country chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness welcomed Marya Hornbacher, award-winning journalist and bestselling author, to the university Monday night.

A sufferer of several mental ailments, including an eating disorder that hospitalized her at 52 pounds, Hornbacher has written five books reflecting on mental illness, the first of which was published when she was 23 years old. The book, titled “Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia,” has been translated into 16 languages and read by people around the world. 

“She has been there,” said Laura Anne Middlesteadt, board member of National Alliance on Mental Illness and program associate for Reich College of Education. “She’s been in the trenches with mental illness, and yet she’s accomplished so much.”

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