The Overcoming Bulimia Workbook: Your Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide to Recovery

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New Harbinger Publications, Jan 1, 2004 - Self-Help - 240 pages
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Severe dieting often results in periods of reactive binge eating, a phenomenon experienced by one in twenty American women. Responses to these periods may include prolonged fasting, self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives and diuretics, and obsessive exercise: all symptoms of bulimia.

This workbook contains tools to help bulimics break the cycle of bingeing and reacting, allowing them to take control of their lives and make positive behavior changes. Practical advice and real-life examples reinforce attitudes and offer encouragement. Discover that it is possible to overcome the disorder and live a happier, more fulfilling life.

Through their cutting-edge research at the internationally renown Toronto Hospital Eating Disorders Programme, the authors of The Overcoming Bulimia Workbook have developed a step-by-step program for recovery whose efficacy has been proven in clinical trials. The authors empower bulimia suffers to take control of their lives, not only by providing information and advice, but by giving them a personalized format with which they can put these new behavior changes into practice - a process that is critically important for lasting recovery.

This comprehensive guide covers everything from bulimia's symptoms, causes, and risks to how to normalize eating, shift eating-disordered thoughts, build on personal strengths, improve self-esteem, deal with underlying issues, prevent relapse, and understand what medications can help. With many real-life examples, this book also helps readers learn through the experiences of other sufferers how to overcome their disorder and live a happier, more fulfilled life.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
What is Bulimia?
5
An Approach That Works
33
Regulating Your Body Weight
47
What Is Normal Eating?
57
Coping Strategies
71
Shifting Eating Disordered Thoughts
87
Feeling Better about Your Body
101
Tackling Underlying Issues
115
Managing SelfHarm Impulsive Behavior and Substance Use
141
Managing Depression and Anxiety
165
Family Issues and Support
185
Avoiding the Slippery Slope of Relapse
201
Getting Additional Help
211
References
219
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Randi E. McCabe, PhD, is psychologist-in-chief and director of the anxiety treatment and research center at St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton, ON, Canada. She is also associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at McMaster University. Her research has focused on anxiety, eating disorders, and cognitive behavioral therapy. She has published numerous articles and coauthored four books, including the Overcoming Bulimia Workbook.

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