Loving Someone with an Eating Disorder: Understanding, Supporting, and Connecting with Your Partner

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New Harbinger Publications, 2019 - Family & Relationships - 176 pages

In this compassionate guide, eating disorder expert Dana Harron offers hope to partners of people with eating disorders. You'll discover ways to communicate with empathy and understanding, strategies for dealing with mealtime challenges, and tips to help you both find your way back to trust, love, and intimacy.

If your loved one is one of millions of Americans who suffers from an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia, you may feel alone, without guidance or understanding. As a romantic partner, you need to know how to navigate issues such as parenting, sex and intimacy, and running a household. This book provides that help by addressing your uniquely complex and difficult situation, and provides much-needed support for growth and healing.

In Loving Someone With an Eating Disorder, you'll find valuable information about eating disorders, diagnostic categories, and common misconceptions. You'll also learn about the importance of self-care and boundaries for yourself, and find writing and perspective-taking exercises to help you gain a greater understanding of your partner's struggle. You'll also learn skills to help you address specific problems, such as managing groceries and meals together, sex and intimacy issues, and concerns about parenting.

Finally, you'll find a practical discussion about treatment and recovery from disordered eating--making it clear that both you and your partner need healing--as well as information about seeking further support.

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About the author (2019)

Dana Harron, PsyD, is the president and founder of Monarch Wellness, a group psychotherapy practice in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC. As a clinical psychologist, she enjoys treating, supervising, and consulting on issues surrounding eating disorders, couples work, and anxiety disorders.

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