Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family: One Parent's Practical Guide to Recovery

Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family: One Parent's Practical Guide to Recovery

Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family: One Parent's Practical Guide to Recovery

Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family: One Parent's Practical Guide to Recovery

Synopsis

Written by a mother whose daughter suffers from an eating disorder, Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa is a supportive, helpful guide for families of those with eating disorders. Framed by the personal story of Gr¿inne Smith and her daughter, the book describes the onset and symptoms of the two disorders, as well as the typical situations family and caregivers can expect on the long road to helping the sufferer to recover. Readers will learn about the effects on family life, in particular the common feelings of isolation and helplessness, and get strategies for coping and finding more information and assistance.

Excerpt

I am delighted to be asked to write the foreword to this book by Gráinne Smith. I think it is a unique contribution, as it gives voice to a neglected group in the management of people with eating disorders (i.e., carers or family members). Gráinne not only speaks from her own personal experience, she has also been involved in running one of the telephone helplines for the Eating Disorders Association (EDA), and has heard the difficulties and frustrations of numerous other carers. This book is shot with these heart-rending accounts. This in itself is of great interest and is invaluable as a source of emotional validation, comfort and support to other carers and gives an opportunity for those involved in the management of eating disorders to see the other side of the drama, the “Noises Off”. There are also some poignant details of how professionals can wound and render carers guilty, frustrated, emotionally paralysed and helpless.

This book offers much more than a vivid description of a carer's experience. It is perhaps Gráinne's background, experience or part of her personality, which has meant she has not been content with experiencing and understanding alone. Rather her active problem-solving mentality has gone out searching for . . .

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