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Beating Eating Disorders Step by Step: A Self-Help Guide for Recovery (Paperback)
  • Beating Eating Disorders Step by Step: A Self-Help Guide for Recovery (Paperback)

Beating Eating Disorders Step by Step: A Self-Help Guide for Recovery (Paperback)

Paperback 224 Pages
Published: 18/01/2008
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People living with eating disorders find it hard to take the step of choosing recovery, often because the disorder has developed as a way of `coping' with problems or stresses in the their life. This book outlines new and positive ways of dealing with eating disorders for people living with eating disorders and their families.

A practical workbook written by someone who has lived with eating disorder, it provides advice and strategies to aid understanding and to help the reader to gain control of their illness. Anna Paterson leads the reader through easy-to-use therapeutic exercises, such as describing the pros and cons of an illness, writing a farewell letter to it, and using role-reversal scenarios to get a new perspective on their attitude to eating. She emphasizes the importance of taking things at your own pace and in the final section of the book provides a set of diet plans specifically designed for anorexics, bulimics and compulsive overeaters.

This book will be valued by people living with eating disorders and their families, and also the psychologists and psychotherapists, counsellors, health professionals and social workers who work with them.

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781843103400
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 414 g
Dimensions: 244 x 172 x 12 mm

The book has a wealth of information on anorexia. It is part writer's comments and experiences, and part useful exercises. Anna takes the reader along her path of recovery and describes the different therapies available, how to deal with triggers and dangerous behaviour, anger management, how to build confidence and how to liveat a healthy weight. Easy to read and understand, it is a book that you can dip in and out of. It even concludes with a chapter providing useful recipes for eating-disorders sufferers, which show that no food type should be off-limits because they can all form part of a healthy diet. The book gives the message that recovery from eating disorders, which affect more than one million people in the UK, is achievable. Although aimed squarely at sufferers, Beating Eating Disorders might well also serve to provide information and insight to their carers, family and friends. In short, anyone looking for a handy, non-specialist resource for steps towards eating disorder recovery is likely to find much of interest here. This book is extremely practical and insightful. It invites readers to identify and own up to what their eating disorder does for them - e.g. blocks out traumatic memories, holds the family together, stops someone growing into an adult and having to take adult responsibilities, allows a sense of control, helps cope with anger, numbs difficult feelings, makes the sufferer feel special, etc. Then she takes the reader through choosing recovery, coping with guilt, dealing with perfectionism and applying therapeutic approaches that help. She dwells heavily on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques but usefully so, and also covers exposure therapy, anger and anxiety management, and developing assertiveness. Sympathetic but without pulling punches: there is a lot that is of huge value in this book. The book is moving and powerful and could be easily accessible to her self-help target audience worldwide

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