Author(s): Lisa M. Schab
This workbook teaches cognitive behavioral therapy skills that adolescents suffering from bulimia can use to change their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors for the better and end the destructive cycle of bingeing and purging.
Bulimia is one of the most difficult mental health disorders to overcome, and it is essential that sufferers incorporate new coping skills into their lives right away to avoid falling into the destructive pattern of bingeing and purging. The Bulimia Workbook for Teens teaches teens who binge and purge how to replace unhealthy thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with a new set of habits. These activities are based in cognitive behavioral therapy, the professional treatment of choice for bulimia, and are arranged in a progressive format. Their order is based on the premise that bulimic behavior serves a purpose for the reader and may even act as a lifeline. In order to let bulimia go, the reader needs to feel confident that he or she has something just as good as bingeing and purging to take its place. Activities aim to boost readers' self-esteem, balance moodiness, restore a sense of power and confidence, reduce perfectionism and foster self-compassion, promote positive body image, and help readers learn to manage their emotions. Little by little, teens build the confidence to risk replacing the old thoughts and behaviors with new, healthy ones.
It was a joy to work through the exercises in The Bulimia Workbook for Teens. I was particularly impressed with the spiritual and altruistic aspects of some of the material. Teens should feel very validated to have the worksheets in this book. Each one is like a supportive hug.
--Joan Mrozek, clinical leader at Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward in Naperville, IL
Lisa M. Schab, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a private counseling practice in the greater Chicago area. She has authored fourteen self-help books and workbooks for children, teens, and adults, including The Anxiety Workbook for Teens and Beyond the Blues. Schab teaches self-help workshops for the general public and training seminars for professionals, and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). You can find out more about Schab at lisamschabooks.com.