Demystifying Anorexia Nervosa

Demystifying Anorexia Nervosa

An Optimistic Guide to Understanding and Healing

Book - 2008 | Updated ed.
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Emotionally and physically devastating, anorexia nervosa is the third most common chronic illness in teenage girls, striking one in every two hundred (boys only make up 10% of all cases). And while there are many books on the subject, most are either personal accounts of recovery or attemptsto explain the disease from only one perspective, be it psychoanalytic, behavioral, cultural, or biological. Now, in this much-needed resource, Dr. Alexander Lucas draws on 40 years of experience mostly at the Mayo Clinic to offer clear guidance and authoritative advice on how to overcome anorexia nervosa. Based on his own unique research with thousands of patients, and striking a careful balancebetween psychological, cultural, and biological approaches, Dr. Lucas demystifies this seemingly irrational disease and guides parents through the harrowing process of recovery. The book defines anorexia, illustrates how it can evolve and how common it really is, and outlines every part of thetreatment process, from the early warning signs that parents should watch out for, to the initial evaluation, to specific treatment plans. Dr. Lucas emphasizes the patient's role in defining the healing process, with the support of the family and medical team. Throughout the book, he counselsoptimism, stressing that in spite of the destructive power of the disease, most who suffer from anorexia nervosa fully recover and are able to live normal, healthy, and productive lives. In his new Introduction, Dr. Lucas stresses the need for controlled studies of treatment in anorexia nervosa,and reiterates the hard truth that anorexia will always be a complex disorder that takes time and patience to overcome. For anyone seeking level-headed, medically sound, and comprehensive guidance on the most effective treatments for this life-threatening disorder, Demystifying Anorexia Nervosa offers a wealth of reliable, reassuring information. "A clear, informative book for every patient and parent to read and for every physician to recommend." --Lenore Terr, M.D. "A must-read for patients and family as well as clinicians who want a concise, balanced, and up-to-date discussion of the art and science of the treatment of anorexia nervosa." --L. K. George Hsu, M.D.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Edition: Updated ed.
ISBN: 9780195340808
Branch Call Number: 616.85262 L933
Characteristics: xvi, 182 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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Apr 05, 2018

My motto has always been - "Seeing is believing."

And after you view the shocking video that I've posted here about the unfortunate victims of anorexia nervosa - You will surely also believe that this (like others) is a very serious eating disorder that calls for attention.

Anorexia nervosa is a truly devastating illness that has taken countless lives of both women and men. And early symptoms of this disorder need to be recognized well in advance so that one and all can receive the necessary help and guidance that they so greatly need before it's too late to remedy the damage.

This book, written by Alexander Lucas, may be of some help in this dire matter of anorexia nervosa.... (*Be sure to watch "Dying To Be Thin" video*)

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