Brave Girl Eating

Author: Harriet Brown

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062008617

Category: Self-Help

Page: 288

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“One of the most up to date, relevant, and honest accounts of one family’s battle with the life threatening challenges of anorexia. Brown has masterfully woven science, history, and heart throughout this compelling and tender story.” —Lynn S. Grefe, Chief Executive Officer, National Eating Disorders Association “As a woman who once knew the grip of a life-controlling eating disorder, I held my breath reading Harriet Brown’s story. As a mother of daughters, I wept for her. Then cheered.” —Joyce Maynard, author of Labor Day In Brave Girl Eating, the chronicle of a family’s struggle with anorexia nervosa, journalist, professor, and author Harriet Brown recounts in mesmerizing and horrifying detail her daughter Kitty’s journey from near-starvation to renewed health. Brave Girl Eating is an intimate, shocking, compelling, and ultimately uplifting look at the ravages of a mental illness that affects more than 18 million Americans.

Brave Girl Eating

Author: Harriet Brown

Publisher: Piatkus Books

ISBN: 9780749955236

Category: Anorexia nervosa

Page: 240

View: 4276


Millions of families are affected by eating disorders, which usually strike young women between the ages of fourteen and twenty. But current medical practice ties these families' hands when it comes to helping their children recover. Conventional medical wisdom dictates separating the patient from the family and insists that 'it's not about the food', even as a family watches a child waste away before their eyes. In BRAVE GIRL EATING Harriet Brown describes how her family, with the support of an open-minded paediatrician and a therapist, helped her daughter recover from anorexia using a family-based treatment developed at the Maudsley Hospital in London. Chronicling her daughter Kitty's illness from the earliest warning signs, through its terrifying progression, and on toward recovery, Brown takes us on one family's journey into the world of anorexia nervosa, where starvation threatened her daughter's body and mind. BRAVE GIRL EATING is essential reading for families and professionals alike, a guiding light for anyone who's coping with this devastating disease.

Through Thick and Thin

Author: Carolyn Roy-Bornstein

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476687315

Category: Psychology

Page: 204

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Pediatrician Carolyn Roy-Bornstein and her husband had a comfortably empty nest after their sons had grown and flown. Soon after, Carolyn noticed that two of her patients struggled after their father died of cancer and their mother became too mentally ill to care for them. As a result, they were both placed in foster care, where one developed a severe eating disorder and the other began self-harming. In a leap of faith, Carolyn and her husband opened their home to these sisters and became their foster parents. Carolyn, despite being a doctor, was unprepared for the harsh realities of severe anorexia, depression and grueling treatment. She had worked as a pediatrician for the Department of Children and Families for years, but still was not equipped for the bureaucratic struggles she would face to save her youngest foster child from a brutal eating disorder. This book outlines the struggles of a fledgling foster family who, despite all odds, remains devoted to one another throughout the healing process.

Innovations in Family Therapy for Eating Disorders

Author: Stuart Murray,Leslie Anderson,Leigh Cohn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131723393X

Category: Psychology

Page: 308

View: 4127


Innovations in Family Therapy for Eating Disorders brings together the voices of the most-esteemed, international experts to present conceptual advances, preliminary data, and patient perspectives on family-based treatments for eating disorders. This innovative volume is based partly on a special issue of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention and includes a section on the needs of carers and couples, "Tales from the Trenches," and qualitative studies of patient, parent, and carer experiences. Cutting edge and practical, this compendium will appeal to clinicians and researchers involved in the treatment of eating disorders.

Sick and Faithful

Author: Kyra Arsenault

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1973674998

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 206

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Sick and Faithful - Does that phrase sound like a contradiction to you? Be honest - what do you REALLY think? If someone was actually faithful to God - how could they be sick, and why wouldn’t they just get better faster, more completely, more urgently? Kyra Arsenault, a Christian who has battled an eating disorder since her teenage years, was rattled with this question for years - and so were her supports. She is now here to unquestionably prove to you it is not—you can have an eating disorder and still have a relationship with God, and be faithful to God. And he loves you every ounce the same as he ever did. This book is a much-needed resource on a topic that isn’t talked about, keeping people isolated. A guide for those who are struggling and all those whose heart’s desire is to help them. If you feel stuck and recovery seems hopeless, or you feel hopeless for your loved one, give this book—and God—a chance as Kyra courageously opens a window for us into her soul.

Eating Disorders

Author: Julia Garbus

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 0737772395

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 110

View: 6005


The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders states that approximately eight million people in the U.S. have anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and related eating disorders. This population includes both females and males, but as one essayist states in this book, for males with eating disorders, finding treatment can be difficult. Another essayist, Carrie Arnold, asks and answers the question of whether anorexia is a cultural disease. The National Institute of Mental Health essay provides a complete introduction and overview of eating disorders. Readers will also evaluate what factors contribute to eating disorders, and treatment and recovery issues.

Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders

Author: June Alexander

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317649362

Category: Psychology

Page: 250

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Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders: The diary healer uses a unique combination of evidence-based research and raw diary excerpts to explain the pitfalls and benefits of diary writing during recovery from an eating disorder. In a time when diary writing remains a largely untapped resource in the health care professions, June Alexander sets out to correct this imbalance, explaining how the diary can inspire, heal and liberate, provide a learning tool for others and help us to understand and cope with life challenges. The book focuses on the power of diary writing, which may serve as a survival tool but become an unintended foe. With guidance, patients who struggle with face-to-face therapy are able to reveal their thoughts through writing and construct a strong sense of self. The effects of family background and the environment are explored, and the therapeutic value of sharing diaries, to better understand illness symptoms and behaviours, is discussed. Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders will be of interest to those who have recovered or are recovering from eating disorders or any mental illness, as well as therapists, clinicians and others working in the medical and healthcare professions.

Body of Truth

Author: Harriet Brown

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0738217700

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

View: 1326


Over the past twenty-five years, our quest for thinness has morphed into a relentless obsession with weight and body image. In our culture, "fat" has become a four-letter word. Or, as Lance Armstrong said to the wife of a former teammate, "I called you crazy. I called you a bitch. But I never called you fat." How did we get to this place where the worst insult you can hurl at someone is "fat"? Where women and girls (and increasingly men and boys) will diet, purge, overeat, undereat, and berate themselves and others, all in the name of being thin? As a science journalist, Harriet Brown has explored this collective longing and fixation from an objective perspective; as a mother, wife, and woman with "weight issues," she has struggled to understand it on a personal level. Now, in Body of Truth, Brown systematically unpacks what's been offered as "truth" about weight and health. Starting with the four biggest lies, Brown shows how research has been manipulated; how the medical profession is complicit in keeping us in the dark; how big pharma and big, empty promises equal big, big dollars; how much of what we know (or think we know) about health and weight is wrong. And how all of those affect all of us every day, whether we know it or not. The quest for health and wellness has never been more urgent, yet most of us continue to buy into fad diets and unattainable body ideals, unaware of the damage we're doing to ourselves. Through interviews, research, and her own experience, Brown not only gives us the real story on weight, health, and beauty, but also offers concrete suggestions for how each of us can sort through the lies and misconceptions and make peace with and for ourselves.

What You Need to Know about Eating Disorders

Author: Jessica Bartley,Melissa Streno

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440862400

Category: Psychology

Page: 145

View: 792


This book provides readers with information to better understand eating disorders, written in accessible language for teens and young adults—those most at risk for these potentially deadly mental disorders. Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, are some of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders. They are also the deadliest: in the United States, an individual dies as the result of an eating disorder every hour. What You Need to Know about Eating Disorders is a part of Greenwood's Inside Diseases and Disorders series. This series profiles a variety of physical and psychological conditions, distilling and consolidating vast collections of scientific knowledge into concise, readable volumes. A list of "top 10" essential questions begins each book, providing quick-access answers to readers' most pressing concerns. The text follows a standardized, easy-to-navigate structure, with each chapter exploring a particular facet of the topic. In addition to covering basics such as causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options, books in this series delve into issues that are less commonly addressed but still critically important, such as effects on loved ones and caregivers. Case illustrations highlight key themes discussed in the book, accompanied by insightful analyses and recommendations. The text approaches the subject in a holistic manner, covering often-overlooked areas such as societal perceptions and the impact on family and friends An Essential Questions section provides quick answers to the questions that readers are most likely to have and serves as a springboard to explore the content of the book in more detail Case Illustrations provide relatable, real-world examples of concepts discussed in the text An annotated Directory of Resources points readers toward useful books, organizations, and websites, acting as a gateway to further study and research

The Everything Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders

Author: Angie Best-Boss

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1440528861

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 288

View: 9076


You don't know what to do. Your once happy, carefree child has begun abusing food and fallen into a pattern of disordered eating that is literally taking her life. You watch in horror as she binges and purges, starves herself, compulsively eats, or takes pills and supplements. There is no such thing as a harmless eating disorder. Your child is in danger and she needs your help. Children with an eating disorder need their parents to be prepared, engaged, knowledgeable, and ready to do battle on their behalf. With the professional, accessible advice presented here, you can get the support you need. This guide helps you: Promote positive body image--at any age Instill healthy eating habits Recognize warning signs Find the right treatment options Stay positive and encourage your child This book provides an all-encompassing look at eating disorders--the symptoms, the causes, and the treatments--so you can feel confident about the steps you need to take to help your child overcome this illness.