Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide to Recovery


Anorexia nervosa, in simple terms, is self-starvation. However, it is a complex problem with intricate roots; and, recovery is best accomplished with a grasp of sound information, specific tasks, and the support of others. All of that is provided in this guidebook, which includes:

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Anorexia nervosa, in simple terms, is self-starvation. However, it is a complex problem with intricate roots; and, recovery is best accomplished with a grasp of sound information, specific tasks, and the support of others. All of that is provided in this guidebook, which includes:

• Answers to questions most often asked
• Insight from recovered and recovering
• Monika Ostroff's story of recovery
• Specific things to do that have worked
• Information on healthy eating and weight
• Suggestions for how to stay committed
• A special section for parents & loved ones

"...written by two women who have recovered from their eating disorders, bulimia and anorexia...written in a compassionate & knowledgeable tone directed toward anorexics, their parents, & their loved ones."

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Editorial Reviews

Lori M. Irving
This inspired, compassionate book will be a tremendous resourceto persons whose lives are, or have been affected by anorexia. With a refreshingly appropriate balance of anecdotal material and research evidence, the authors portray recovery from anorexia for what it is. This is a book that I will refer others to with professional and personal confidence.
Carolyn Costin
With the glut of books written about anorexia nervosa, this guide is awelcome change, written for and to the anorexic herself. It speaks directly to the patient answering her questions, providing examples of recovery, and gently walking her through exercises and techinques she can do at her own pace. Every therapist should lead his or her clients to it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780936077321
  • Publisher: Gurze Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 187
  • Sales rank: 684,476
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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This book is for people who want to understand and recover from anorexia nervosa. Both of the authors of this book have fully recovered from eating disorders, and many individuals who have recovered or are recovering from anorexia also contributed insights and suggestions.* Whether you yourself are suffering with anorexia or you know someone who is, their wisdom can inspire and guide you.

As you will read in Chapter 2, Monika Ostroff battled with anorexia for many years. She shares her story of self-starvation, years of unsuccessful treatment, and eventual breakthroughs that led to her complete recovery. Her ideas about the nature of anorexia and what it takes to defeat obsessive food behaviors and thoughts encompass much of the text. She writes with understanding and compassion; and, when she recommends that you try something, it is because it has worked for her. . .

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1. Questions Most Often Asked
What is anorexia nervosa? 17
Who gets anorexia? 20
Why do people become anorexic? 23
How do I know if I have an eating disorder? 29
Is anorexia dangerous? 31
What thoughts and feelings are associated with it? 35
What role does exercise play? 39
Is anorexia related to sexual trauma? 41
What special issues are faced by males? 45
How does anorexia affect relationships? 47
Do people recover from anorexia? 50
How long does it take to get better? 53
Can medication help in recovery? 55
Will I need professional help? 57
When is hospitalization necessary? 60
What if I don’t always want to get better? 61
Chapter 2. Monika’s Story 63
Chapter 3. Where to Start
Choose Life 89
Willingness and Courage 91
Listen to Your Inner Voice 92
Chapter 4. Get Support 96
Professional Help: The Treatment Team 97
Family and Loved Ones 106
Other Support 108
Chapter 5. What Has Worked for Many 110
Get to Know Yourself 111
Journal Writing 114
Identify Goals 117
Challenge Your Cultural Influences 119
Have Compassion 123
Change Your Mind 125
Feel Your Feelings 129
Be Gentle with Your Pain 131
Body Image Work 133
Relaxation 136
Strengthen Your Boundaries 139
Cultivate Healthy Relationships 141
Spiritual Pursuits 144
Let Go 146
Express Yourself 149
Focus on Recovery 150
Chapter 6. Healthy Eatingand Healthy Weight 152
Set Point and Metabolism 153
Healthy Eating: Where to Begin 154
Getting Past Food Fears 157
Chapter 7. How to Stay Committed 163
Ambivalence 164
Slips and Setbacks 165
Relapse 166
Holding onto Hope 169
Chapter 8. A Guide for Parents and Loved Ones 171
Resources 179
Bibliography 183
About the Authors 186
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2006


    This book is written by a recovered bulimic and a recovered anorexic. The book answers questions most often asked about anorexia, tells Monika Ostroffs personal story, guides the anorexic through recovery, teaches how to get help, and has a special chapter for family and loved ones. It is soo helpful in understanding anorexia and how to treat those that suffer from it, but it also gives hope to victims of this illness. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2001

    good book

    filled with compassion and true positivity. the type of book you reach for on a relapse when you think 'i don't want to do this anymore.' then, of course, it loses the potential 5th star, because after you eat you get that dizzy feeling from not being accustomed to consumption of food, and you regret it, and may make yourself crazy. 'monika's story,' however romantic and unrealistic for some, is a wonderful one that is a neat read. the book sounds simple, and it is. it's simply a guide to how and/or where to start (recovery). even though i got this book about 13 months after beginning the recovery process, i still found it an uplifting and nice thing to read. another reason this book, if a bit easy to digest, is getting as many as four stars, is that some books, i have found, are just plain boring. like, they bore the hell out of me. yeah, we lie about what we eat. yeah, we hide things. yeah. so what? well this book is easy to relate to but also provides good solutions and take-action methods for you and your family! actually some veryyyyy helpful tips for families. (note, family members and friends: while encouraging overall health, think about what it is the person truly isnt control of; it's going to exacerbate the desire to self destruct if you try to take this 'friend' away from the afflicted.) if, however, you are truly low on the dough, save your money and get a good therapist to talk you through it (but remember the tip i wrote; don't 'pick' a therapist who is controlling or who the anoretic does not trust; the anoretic knows the anoretic best and though one would love a therapist who lets them lose weight and says 'oh well we wont tell', they also would love one even more who listened to what they said and made them not care about losing or gaining weight. that is the TRUE point of recovery.)

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