If Your Adolescent Has an Eating Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 182 pages
This is an authoritative guide to understanding and helping a teenager with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. It is designed for parents of teens who have recently been diagnosed with an eating disorder, or who are at risk of developing one, and for other adults, such as teachers and guidance counselors, who are regularly in contact with at-risk adolescents. The book combines the latest scientific expertise available--including the newest treatments and most up-to-date research findings on eating disorders--with the practical wisdom of parents who have raised teenagers with anorexia or bulimia.

In clear and accessible language, Dr. B. Timothy Walsh and V. L. Cameron explain exactly what eating disorders are and describe their characteristics, as well as signs and symptoms. They outline the right way to go about getting a diagnosis if you suspect your child may have an eating disorder, about when and where to get treatment, and about how to navigate the healthcare system. There is also advice on how to handle everyday life--both at home and at school--once your child is diagnosed, and on how to communicate with your teen. Complete with red flags to look out for and warnings on the dangers of doing nothing, this book will help parents and other adults face and deal effectively with adolescent eating disorders before they become life-threatening.
 

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In this wonderfully concise, focused, and supported book, Walsh (founder, Eating Disorders Research Unit, New York State Psychiatric Inst.) and New Yorkbased freelance writer Cameron explore several ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction Not Just a Diet
1
Understanding Eating Disorders What They Are and What to Expect
8
Bulimia Nervosa
16
Binge Eating Disorder
20
Eating Disorders in Males
22
What Does a DSM Diagnosis Mean?
24
How Common Are Eating Disorders in Adolescents?
32
What Causes Eating Disorders and Who Is at Risk?
36
Relapse Prevention
94
Navigating the Health Care System
99
Daily Life with the Teen Who Has an Eating Disorder
105
Communication and Persistence
107
Staying the Course Staying Strong Staying in Touch
118
Finding Support from Other Parents
130
Preventing Eating Disorders
133
Prevention Approaches
136

What Other Conditions Can Coexist with Eating Disorders?
46
The Dangers of Doing Nothing
50
Future Prospects
56
Getting the Right Treatment for Your Child Therapy Medication and More
59
Where to Begin
60
What Does Treatment Involve?
62
Where Will Treatment Take Place?
69
Psychological Treatments
73
Medication
86
Does the Treatment of Obesity Increase the Risk of Developing an Eating Disorder?
140
What Parents Can Do to Help Prevent Eating Disorders
147
Conclusion A Call for Action
157
Glossary
163
Resources
167
Resources for Information Support andor Treatment Referrals
168
Bibliography
175
Index
177
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B. Timothy Walsh, M.D. is Ruane Professor of Pediatric Psychopharmacology in the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University and founder of the Eating Disorders Research Unit at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He was chair of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative's formal Commission on Eating Disorders, a blue ribbon panel of leading authorities convened in 2003 to assess the current research on these disorders; the findings of Dr. Walsh's commission make up the scientific foundation of this book. V. L. Cameron is a freelance writer based in New York City.

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