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Eating Disorders For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-05221-1
388 pages
February 2011
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Do you think that you or someone you love may suffer from and eating disorder? Eating Disorders For Dummies gives you the straight facts you need to make sense of what’s happening inside you and offers a simple step-by-step procedure for developing a safe and health plan for recovery.

This practical, reassuring, and gentle guide explains anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder in plain English, as well as other disorders such as bigorexia and compulsive exercising. Informative checklists help you determine whether you are suffering form an eating disorder and, if so, what impact the disorder is having or may soon have on your health. You’ll also get plenty of help in finding the right therapist, evaluating the latest treatments, and learning how to support recovery on a day-by-day basis. Discover how to:

  • Identify eating disorder warning signs
  • Set yourself on a sound and successful path to recovery
  • Recognize companion disorders and addictions
  • Handle anxiety and emotional eating
  • Survive setbacks
  • Approach someone about getting treatment
  • Treat eating disorders in men, children, and the elderly
  • Help a sibling, friend, or partner with and eating disorder
  • Benefit from recovery in ways you never imagined

Complete with helpful lists of recovery dos and don’ts, Eating Disorders For Dummies is an immensely important resource for anyone who wants to recover — or help a loved one recover — from one of these disabling conditions and regain a healthy and energetic life.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Eating Disorders: An All-Consuming World of Their Own.

Chapter 1: Understanding Eating Disorders.

Chapter 2: Getting Insight into Anorexia Nervosa.

Chapter 3: Seeing Inside Bulimia Nervosa.

Chapter 4: Understanding Binge Eating Disorder.

Chapter 5: Eating Disorder Risk Factors.

Chapter 6: Deconstructing Your Body with an Eating Disorder.

Chapter 7: Sidekicks That Often Accompany Eating Disorders.

Part II: Getting Well: Exploring Recovery and Treatment Options.

Chapter 8: Seeing What Recovery Looks Like.

Chapter 9: Deciding the Who, What, and Where for Treatment.

Chapter 10: Finding the Treatment Approach That’s Right for You.

Chapter 11: Including Other People in Your Treatment.

Chapter 12: Exploring Medication and Other Approaches.

Chapter 13: Making Good Use of the Approach You Choose.

Chapter 14: Managing Early Stage Recovery and the Reality of Relapse.

Part III: Eating Disorders in Special Populations.

Chapter 15: Eating Disorders in Males.

Chapter 16: Athletes and Eating Disorders.

Chapter 17: Eating Disorders on the Stage, Screen, and Runway.

Chapter 18: Eating Disorders in Children.

Chapter 19: Eating Disorders Later In Life.

Chapter 20: Eating Disorders and People Who Are Obese.

Part IV: Advice and Help for Families and Others Who Care.

Chapter 21: Forming a Plan to Help the Person with an Eating Disorder.

Chapter 22: Implementing Your Plan to Help.

Chapter 23: Making Life Livable While Supporting Another’s Recovery.

Chapter 24: Finding Support for Yourself While Supporting Another’s Recovery.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 25: Ten Don’ts: Behaviors and Thoughts to Avoid.

Chapter 26: Ten Do’s: Ways to Enhance Your Recovery.

Resource Guide.


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Author Information

Susan Schulherr, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who has had a private psychotherapy practice in New York City for nearly 30 years. She has worked with people with eating disorders for over 20 of those years. Her chapter on treating binge eating disorder appears in the 2005 book, EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing (Shapiro, Norton). Her article, “The Binge–Diet Cycle: Shedding New Light, Finding New Exits,” was published in Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention (1998). She has presented workshops at the local and national level on eating disorders and on issues of weight and eating to both professional and nonprofessional audiences.
Ms. Schulherr is a trained family and couples therapist. She has extensive experience in the trauma specialty approaches of EMDR and Somatic Experiencing, each of which she has adapted for the treatment of eating disorders.
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