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


  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521739047

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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

    • Written in an accessible format - illustrated with rich vignettes and colourful analogies to provide a context for recovery
    • Represents the key elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy for a range of eating disorders, enabling carers and sufferers to work together
    • Equally helpful for families and friends by giving them the support they need to be a powerful ally in recovery
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… 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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521739047
    • length: 214 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface: read this bit first
    Part I. Getting Started:
    1. Who is this book for?
    2. The key elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy and the self-help approach
    3. How to use this book
    Part II. For the Sufferer:
    4. Am I making a fuss about nothing?
    5. Motivating yourself to treat your eating disorder
    6. Is now the time to act?
    7. Getting started with CBT
    Part III. The CBT Self-Help Programme:
    8. Start here: how to use this programme
    9. The practical steps of CBT for your eating disorder
    Part IV. For Carers:
    10. Am I to blame for the eating problem?
    11. What can I do to support the sufferer?
    Part V. Transitions into More Formal Help:
    12. Thinking about getting more formal therapeutic help
    13. Starting the process of getting formal therapeutic help
    14. What to look for in a good CBT practitioner
    15. The role of carers in the transition to more formal help
    Part VI. Letting Go of the Eating Disorder:
    16. The journey of recovery
    17. Relapse prevention
    18. Have I done myself permanent damage?
    19. Carers need to move on too
    Conclusion: eating normally again
    References and further reading

  • Authors

    Glenn Waller, Institute of Psychiatry, London
    Glenn Waller is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Vincent Square Eating Disorders Service, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and Eating Disorders Section, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK.

    Victoria Mountford, Eating Disorders Service, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
    Victoria Mountford is a Clinical Psychologist, Eating Disorders Service, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, London, UK.

    Rachel Lawson, Canterbury District Health Board
    Rachel Lawson is a Senior Clinical Psychologist, South Island Eating Disorders, Canterbury District Health Board, and is in private practice with the Anxiety Clinic and Centre for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Christchurch, New Zealand.

    Emma Gray, The British CBT & Counselling Service
    Emma Gray (nee Corstorphine) is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Oyster Counselling and Life Coaching and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK.

    Helen Cordery, St George's Eating Disorders Service
    Helen Cordery is a dietician with around seventeen years of experience, twelve of which have been spent specialising in working with people with eating disorders. She is currently training to become an attachment-based psychotherapist.

    Hendrik Hinrichsen, Sutton & Merton Psychological Therapies in Primary Care
    Hendrik Hinrichsen is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS, and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, London, UK.

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