Recovering sufferers of Anorexia Nervosa describe in their own words their personal experiences of this illness, providing not only support for fellow sufferers but also invaluable insights for the families of sufferers and for carers. In each case the contributors, males and females, describe: the progression of their illness, the effects on their families, the treatment they received and its effectiveness, their perceived reasons for developing the illness, and where they are now. The contributors are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and include both men and women.
One feature of Anorexics on Anorexia that is particularly commendable is the extreme diversity of experience being related here. From male sufferers to mothers with families of 6; from early-onset 12-year-old recovered veterans to those still fighting decades later; from background tainted by alcoholism and sexual abuse to childhoods of idyllic bliss, the stereotype anorexia of popular myth is shown simply to not exist. -- CEDA - Cornwall Eating Disorder Association The book will give insights to those caring for people with anorexia and support for others with the illness -- Eating Dissorders Association. Its strength lies in communicating the meaning or the value of anorexia to the person who has it. This is an aspect of the condition that others find hard to grasp. This book is also valuable in that it allows people with anorexia to 'have a voice', something which has clearly been denied to many of them in their accounts of their experiences of treatment. I would recommend it to those who have an interest in working with anorexics and it would be a very useful resource for teaching. It would also be a useful book to have available for patients and their families to read. -- Nursing Times The stories told are emotive and very personal, and offer insight into how some sufferers have experienced life and the interventions of the professionals. The book would undoubtedly be useful for the individual who is suffering alone and seeking shared experiences [and] also a useful read for professionals new to the field as an insight into how some people with eating disorders might think and feel. -- Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Acknowledgements. Dedicated: In Memory of Catherine. Introduction. 1.Anorexic Anger. 2.The Safety and Secrecy of the Anorexic World. 3.The Anorexic Child. 4.The Primitive Days of Anorexia Nervosa. 5.Anorexic Hell. 6.Anorexia - A Male Perspective. 7.Starving Out of Shame. 8.Addicted to Food. 9.From Simple Dieting to Chronic Anorexia. 10.The Physical Consequences of a Mental Illness. 11.The Alcoholic Parent. 12.Shrieking, Crying and Insane Laughter. 13.Anorexia and the Power of the Mind. 14. 'The Problem Child'. 15.Food, Tablets, Blades and Drink. 16.A Case of Denial or a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? 17.Anorexia, My Only Friend. 18.The Day 'Tomorrow' Came. 19.My Life in a Chapter. List of Contacts.
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st May 1997
Publisher: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61
Weight (kg): 0.23