Eating with Your Anorexic : How My Child Recovered Through Family-based Treatment and Yours Can Too
This deeply moving, extraordinarily personal, and - most of all - helpful book chronicles one mother's journey alongside her teenage daughter's recovery from anorexia nervosa. A true story of pain, healing, and discovery, Eating with Your Anorexic is also the first book to introduce the Maudsley approach, the treatment method that restored her daughter's life. This nontraditional but highly effective home-based approach: focuses on enabling parents to refeed their underweight child at home, while they receive therapy as outpatients; begins with getting eating and weight normalized before focusing on alleged causes and psychological issues; and, rejects the once-popular theory that parental or familial pathology is at the root of the illness, and utilizes parents as a resource for recovery. Unwilling to turn their child over to strangers, and unable to accept the stereotypes that blamed either her or both of them for this deadly illness, the Collins family turned to the innovative, family-based Maudsley approach. Their story offers inspiration, information, and hope for others facing this ordeal.