When an eating disorder (ED) is involved, the problems caused by miscommunication can have serious consequences. A remark from a parent that is intended as positive encouragement could act as a trigger and a criticism from someone with an ED might really be a cry for help.
This book aims to improve communication between someone with an eating disorder and their friends and family by revealing the eating disorder mind set and decoding language choices. Using examples of real-life, everyday conversations, ED says U said translates the highly charged language of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and unravels the emotional chaos that can surround sufferers and those who care for them. It provides clear examples of the common pitfalls and gives invaluable advice about how to help in defusing the triggers and regaining the personality swamped by the illness.
A unique resource of information on EDs, this book will be essential reading for everyone who has been affected by eating disorders: sufferers, carers, family and friends, together with health care professionals treating people with eating disorders.
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 228 x 150 x 20 mm
Both writers and women who have struggled with eating disorders (ED), Alexander and Sangster draw from their combined years of personal experience and the stories of contributors to describe the internal dialog of negative, destructive thoughts that ED sufferers commonly experience. They provide examples of both clinical and conversational exchanges, written in the vernacular of social media, to shed light on the communication pitfalls encountered by well-meaning friends and family who don't realize their words can be misinterpreted or even provocative to sufferers who speak a different language. Although this easy-to-read book does an excellent job as a comprehensive resource and offers clear-cut explanations for a complex mental illness, its focus is less on the cultural aaspects of the disorder than, for example, Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia. Rather, it focuses on understanding the eating disorder "voice," thus improving communication and breaking down barriers to recover. Verdict: Included tips from survivors of the disorder are especially insightful and helpful. Families and friends affected by eating disorders should benefit from this book. -- Library Journal
Communication becomes a core problem for people with eating disorders who often cry: 'You do not listen.' This book bridges this gulf. -- Professor Janet Treasure, King's College, London
Eating disorders are very effective at getting the most rational individual to think in the most irrational of ways. This is confusing to the sufferer and those who attempt to care for the patient, be they parents or professionals. This book will help us all understand these perplexing disorders just a little better. -- Professor Daniel Le Grange, University of Chicago
This innovative and inspirational book is your ticket on a wild ride into the secret world of eating disorders. June and Cate shine a light into the terrible depths but ultimately offer promise to both sufferers and professionals alike - highly recommended. -- Dr Paul Rhodes, Clinical Psychology Unit, University of Sydney
One of the most difficult aspects of an eating disorder is the way the illness distorts anything and everything that's said to the sufferer. This book will help expose those distortions in a simple but highly effective way. An important read for both clinicians and families. -- Harriet Brown, author of Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia
Focused on providing practical, helpful guidance to use RIGHT NOW, June and Cate delve into what appears to be a vast, even endless, reserve of deeply personal energy, strength, insight, and wisdom to deliver a timely recovery tool that can benefit each party in the treatment process equally - sufferers, survivors, carers, professionals, and whole communities. -- Shannon Cutts, founder, MentorCONNECT and author of Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back
Alexander and Sangster have honored the true voice of loved ones and friends with eating disorders by translating their spoken words and nonverbal messages. They've done so with respect and great insight. -- from the foreword by Laura Collins, executive director, F.E.A.S.T
Every time someone speaks up, speaks out and shines a light on an eating disorder - the deadly grip of this most challenging illness is weakened. Alexander and Sangster have beamed that light with their compilation of many views, so much hard won insight. -- from the afterword by Susan Ringwood, chief executive, Beat
A unique resource of information on EDs, this book will be essential reading for everyone who has been affected by eating disorders: sufferers, carers, family and friends, together with health care professionals treating people with eating disorders. -- In Our Hands blog
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