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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Anorexia Nervosa: hope for recovery

by Ayton, Agnes

on 21/05/2011

Price: £9.74

Published: Mar 2011

Format: paperback

No Pages: 224 pages


ISBN-13: 9781905140091

Category: Self help

This is a well written and easy to read book for those with anorexia, their carer’s and families. The book is well researched and detailed. It is practical and informative. It isn’t a textbook but would also be of value to professionals who work with those with anorexia. It begins by exploring  the core symptoms of anorexia and bulimia nervosa and the diagnostic criteria for making a diagnosis.  It sets the disease in a historical context and explores some of the theories of why there is a wide variation in incidence worldwide. It takes a wider view of the causes of eating disorders, looking at the predisposing, precipitating and maintaining factors.

Importantly, it focuses on the impact of eating disorders on physical health and the role of starvation as a possible maintaining factor for the disorder. It revisits the information gained on the effects of starvation in the Minnesota experiments. This is vital information for those with anorexia to understand, explaining the role of starvation as a maintaining factor, and a reason for the mental and physical effects of the illness. The treatment sections are practical, with an emphasis on the importance of weight restoration. There is a comprehensive explanation of the types of psychological therapies available. Finally, a chapter of prevention of relapse and life without anorexia.



Lucy Morley

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