Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder
|Author:||James E. Lock|
Always harmful and potentially deadly, eating disorders can wreak havoc on families. Unfortunately, the same can often be said of their treatment: blaming parents for the illness, many eating disorder programs exclude parents and widen the rift in an already shattered family. This powerful and controversial book by top researchers James Lock and Daniel le Grange argues that parents are not the culprits but the key to their teen's recovery. Based on new research, Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder shows how parents can break the disorder's control over their child's mind and re-establish normal eating and family relations. The odds for full recovery drop precipitously if treatment is delayed. A radically important wake up call, this book urges parents to act now.
"Navigating the treacherous ground of a child's eating disorder can be a remarkable challenge. Written by two trusted figures in the eating disorders field, this book offers parents a clear and comprehensive roadmap for helping a child overcome this serious threat to health and well-being."--Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders; author of "Food Fight"
"Parents receive lots of advice about how to help their children recover from eating disorders--but often it's the wrong advice. This book helps parents understand what is going on with their child and how they can take an active role in making treatment more successful. I highly recommend it."--W. Stewart Agras, MD, coauthor of "Overcoming Eating Disorders"
"If you are the parent of a teenager who is struggling with an eating disorder, you probably feel confused, anxious, and filled with questions. What should you do? Is it your fault? Can you help? This book, written by two eating disorder experts, will help you find some answers. It clearly explains what eating disorders are about and which treatments work best, and gives practical suggestions and encouragement. Recommended for any concerned parent."--Rachel Bryant-Waugh, PhD, University of Southampton, UK; author of "Eating Disorders: A Parents' Guide"
"The authors, both experienced in the field of psychiatric treatment of teens with eating disorders, make a cogent and compelling argument for greater involvement of parents in their children's care. In so doing, they serve to empower parents, marking a welcome departure from previous practice."--Iris F. Litt, MD, Adolescent Medicine Clinic, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University Schoolof Medicine
"Truly excellent. An invaluable resource for parents. It provides sound, commonsense answers to all the most important questions. Written by experts--and it shows."--Christopher G Fairburn, DM, FRCPsych, author of "Overcoming Binge Eating"
"Finding appropriate treatment for our 15-year-old daughter has involved plenty of heartache, but this book provides information and empowerment that is helping us persevere. It offers a comprehensive account of the challenges of dealing with an adolescent's eating disorder--and what you can do to restore your child to a normal, healthy life. A 'must read' for parents!"--Mr. and Mrs. V., Naperville, Illinois
"With this groundbreaking book, parents can set aside guilt and helplessness and get on with the difficult but rewarding work of supporting their child toward healthy recovery."--Laura Collins, author of "Eating With Your Anorexic"
James Lock, MD, PhD, is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Director of the Eating Disorders Program for Children and Adolescents at Stanford University. He lives in Palo Alto, California. Daniel le Grange, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago and Director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Together, they have been awarded a 5-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct a treatment study on anorexia nervosa. Dr. Lock is also the past recipient and Dr. le Grange a present recipient of NIMH Career Development Awards.
Introduction. Part I: Getting Started: First Steps Toward Helping Your Child with an Eating Disorder. Act Now. Get Together. Don't Waste Time on 'Why?' Part II: Understanding Eating Disorders. Know What You're Dealing With: The Complexity of Eating Disorders. Get into Your Child's Head: The Distorted Thinking Behind Your Teenager's Behavior. Understand Your Options: What the Research Says about the Best Ways to Treat Anorexia and Bulimia. Part III: Making Treatment Work: How to Solve Everyday Problems to Help Your Child Recover. Taking Charge of Change: How to Apply the Family Approach to Treating Eating Disorders. Playing a Supporting Role: How You Can be a Part of Your Child's Recovery Even When You're Not in Charge. Harnessing the Power of Unity: How to Stay on the Same Page in Your Fight Against Eating Disorders. Staying Empowered and Informed: How to Work with Professionals Who are Trying to Help Your Child. Resources. Further Reading. Index.