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Beating Your Eating Disorder : A Cognitive-Behavioral Self-Help Guide for Adult Sufferers and their Carers - Glenn Waller

Beating Your Eating Disorder

A Cognitive-Behavioral Self-Help Guide for Adult Sufferers and their Carers

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Published: 30th September 2010
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Do you or does someone you know suffer from an eating disorder, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or a less typical set of symptoms? The most effective, evidence-based treatment for adults with eating disorders is cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). This book presents a highly effective self-help CBT programme for all eating disorders, in an accessible format. It teaches skills to sufferers and carers alike. This book is relevant to any sufferer, if: - You are not yet sure about whether to seek help - You are not sure where to find help - Your family doctor or others recommend that you try a self-help approach - You are waiting for therapy with a clinician, and want to get the best possible start to beating your eating disorder

'... the book is equally helpful for families and friends of someone working to beat their eating disorder - giving them the support they need to be a powerful ally in recovery. Most importantly, this book gives hope - that life without an eating disorder can be lived to the full.' Susan Ringwood, Chief Executive, Beat
'Decades of clinical experience come to light in this plain-speaking self-help text for both sufferers and carers ... the book is infused with hope for recovery provided the reader is prepared to dig-in and do the work necessary for a successful self-help journey.' Cindy Bulik, UNC Eating Disorders Program
'This excellent book is highly recommended for adult sufferers with eating disorders who wish to use a self-help guide for the first step, and hopefully the only step that will be necessary, in overcoming their eating problems.' James Mitchell, Neuropsychiatric Research Institute
'The writers communicate in a clear, direct, compassionate and honest voice, enriched by extensive clinical experience, that will help the reader to feel understood, to understand what maintains their eating disorder ... this is a valuable resource for people with eating disorders considering change, for carers who feel lost, and for therapists who are seeking to help their clients build a foundation for enduring change.' Tracey Wade, Flinders University, Australia
'This is the long overdue book that adult sufferers of an eating disorder and their carers have been waiting for. It has been masterfully written from a wealth of practical experience and will without doubt become a mandatory resource. It surpasses any of the other self help guides in quality and scope and will ensure that those who read it are impelled to act.' Stephen Touyz, University of Sydney
'... an absolute must-have for anyone interested in learning how to successfully overcome an eating disorder ... packed full of information on how a self-directed CBT approach can be very effective ... I highly recommend it as a solid, science-based, self-help guide to beating an eating disorder ... a book of inspiration and hope for all who choose to initiate change.' Doody's
"The authors bring decades of clinical and research experience to this concise book, which details cognitive behavioral therapy as the strongest and/or fastest impact on most types of eating disorders among adults. Therapists and other mental health professionals will be familiar with the key elements of CBT, but laypersons will no doubt gain new insights into the ways this therapeutic approach can be used to help battle their eating disorder. Six sections cover topics such as CBT and how to apply it, motivating oneself to treat the eating disorder, how to use this program, the journey to recovery, and relapse prevention. The most attractive feature of this book is the novel self-help approach for treating eating disorders with CBT that would certainly appeal to those who might want to try it as a first step, or even continue with this approach for an enduring change." --Doody's Review Service

Preface: read this bit firstp. xi
Who is this book for?p. xi
What is this book about?p. xii
Final points before startingp. xii
Who are the authors of this book?p. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
About the authorsp. xv
Getting startedp. 1
First things first: staying physically safe and well enough to use the help provided in this bookp. 1
Who is this book for?p. 3
"Do I have an eating disorder?"p. 3
"Does my eating problem really deserve any attention?"p. 5
"What can I do if I care for or live with someone with an eating disorder?"p. 7
"Why should I use self-help, rather than getting more formal help from a professional now?"p. 8
"So what do I do now?"p. 8
The key elements of cognitive behavioral therapy and the self-help approachp. 10
What is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)?p. 10
The key elements of CBTp. 10
Your journey through CBT: some landmarksp. 11
What is CBT self-help?p. 12
"I'm not sure that I'm ready to change": a quick word about motivationp. 14
How to use this bookp. 15
Read it allp. 15
If you are a suffererp. 15
If you are a carerp. 15
Whoever you arep. 16
For the suffererp. 17
Am I making a fuss about nothing?p. 19
Some important definitionsp. 19
Myths to dispelp. 20
Motivating yourself to treat your eating disorderp. 23
Motivational statesp. 23
The pros and cons of having an eating disorderp. 25
Is now the time to act?p. 29
Life circumstancesp. 29
The balance between the pros and cons of your eating disorderp. 29
Accepting responsibility for changep. 30
Getting started with CBTp. 33
Becoming your own therapistp. 33
What to expectp. 34
Giving yourself the best chance of successp. 35
Summaryp. 41
The CBT self-help programp. 45
Start here: how to use this programp. 47
If you are a suffererp. 48
If you are a carerp. 48
Practicalitiesp. 48
Anxiety and safety behaviorsp. 49
Final tips on maximizing your chances of successp. 50
What do I need to get started?p. 51
The CBT plan for changep. 52
Building your own road map to recoveryp. 56
The practical steps of CBT for your eating disorderp. 58
What if it is not working? Overcoming "therapy interfering behaviors"p. 59
Developing and maintaining your motivationp. 59
Developing a regular, balanced pattern of eatingp. 60
Challenging your thoughts and anxieties about weightp. 71
Addressing negative thoughts and feelings about your bodyp. 83
Addressing residual difficultiesp. 91
Maintaining the gainsp. 92
Where to next in this book?p. 93
For carersp. 95
Am I to blame for the eating problem?p. 97
Stop blaming yourselfp. 97
Why didn't I notice before?p. 98
What can I do to support the sufferer?p. 99
Dealing with emotional distressp. 99
Should I feel so stressed and impotent?p. 99
How do I talk to the sufferer?p. 100
Dangers of collusionp. 100
What about the rest of the family?p. 101
What can I do if I am worried about the sufferer?p. 102
How to ask for help and who to ask?p. 102
Where can I get information?p. 102
Getting help for yourselfp. 103
How can I keep the sufferer interested in change?p. 103
I am a friend of the sufferer: how can I help?p. 105
Sufferers with chronic disordersp. 106
Supporting the sufferer while they are following the self-help program outlined in this bookp. 106
Transitions into more formal helpp. 109
Before you go any furtherp. 109
Thinking about getting more formal therapeutic helpp. 111
What has stopped me seeking help before, and what might stop me now?p. 111
Starting the process of getting therapeutic helpp. 114
Who should I talk to?p. 114
Preparing for your assessmentp. 115
How do I involve my carersp. 116
What treatment will I be offered?p. 116
Coping with waitingp. 117
Attending your first session of CBTp. 118
What to look for in a good CBT practitionerp. 120
The therapeutic relationshipp. 120
Accreditation/registrationp. 121
Willingness to talk about methodp. 121
Willingness to talk about the process of therapyp. 123
The role of carers in the transition to more formal helpp. 124
What can I do to help my loved one get help?p. 124
So why is it so hard to help my loved one?p. 125
Letting go of the eating disorderp. 127
The journey of recoveryp. 129
Are there healthier alternatives to my eating disorder behaviors?p. 130
Who am I if I do not have my eating disorder?p. 131
What if I can't make all the changes now?p. 131
Can I stay "a bit anorexic/bulimic"?p. 132
What if the eating disorder comes back?p. 133
Relapse preventionp. 136
Forewarned is forearmedp. 136
Planning for the future - getting your life backp. 139
Review sessionsp. 139
A word of warning: the risks of weight lossp. 140
Dealing with other issuesp. 141
Have I done myself permanent damage?p. 142
Bone structurep. 142
Fertilityp. 143
Will my eating disorder have had an impact on my children?p. 144
Carers need to move on toop. 145
Understanding the sufferer's perspectivep. 145
Who is this new person?p. 145
What can I do if I think I see the eating disorder returning?p. 146
Who was to blame for the eating disorder?p. 146
Conclusion: eating normally againp. 147
For the suffererp. 147
For the carerp. 147
Appendicesp. 149
References and further readingp. 189
Indexp. 191
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ISBN: 9780521739047
ISBN-10: 0521739047
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 30th September 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.37