Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

A Father Collaborates with a Research Professor to Tell the Father's Story. What Could We ALL Have Done Better? Donald Looks Back at His Daughter's Eating Disorder

Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

A Father Collaborates with a Research Professor to Tell the Father's Story. What Could We ALL Have Done Better? Donald Looks Back at His Daughter's Eating Disorder

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Author(s): Donald Irvine[sup.1] and Michael P Levine[sup.2]

A Father/Dad/Husband story of a 13 year Eating Disorder (AN) experience, pre-diagnosis, post diagnosis/pre/post major relapse, into recovery.

A father's story of what is it like to experience a 13 year old caring, loving, bubbly, confident, talented, high/achieving & intelligent girl starting her teenage years transform into a 16 year old, struggling with feelings & thoughts, becoming a teenager centred on food intake & body image with personality changes. As a parent, what does it feel like seeing her talents, intelligence & bubbliness fade, becoming a 16 year old, physically fading & having increasing difficulty with school & studies, & family/friends?

In this presentation Donald Irvine with the collaboration of Professor Michael Levine will describe his family's journey & experiences, including his own, as; (1) his daughter became ill with an eating disorder; (2) as the disorder progressed and enveloped the family, including a significant relapse; and (3) as the family struggled to locate and participate in treatment & finding recovery. …

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