Demystifying Anorexia Nervosa

Overview

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 a plethora of books on the subject, most are either personal accounts of recovery or attempts to 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...

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Overview

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 a plethora of books on the subject, most are either personal accounts of recovery or attempts to 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 balance between 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 the treatment 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 counsels optimism, 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.
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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Dr. Andy Lucas demystifies anorexia by providing us with the fascinating mysteries of clinical cases (and their solutions) along with the equally fascinating mysteries of his research efforts (and their results). A clear, informative book for every patient and parent to read and for every physician to recommend."—Lenore Terr, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco

"Dr. Lucas has infused an immense amount of wisdom and experience into this highly readable book. 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., Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts-New England Medical Center

"Andy Lucas has written an excellent book that respects the individuality of the patient with anorexia nervosa while offering sage advice, reassurance, and hope to their parents. Highly recommended."—James C. Harris, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics and Director of Developmental Neuropsychiatry, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Library Journal
Lucas, an experienced child psychiatrist affiliated with the famed Mayo Clinic, here targets the parents of children with anorexia nervosa. He begins by describing the disease and debunking the myths surrounding it. He then explains calmly and matter-of-factly what to expect in the diagnostic and treatment phases and provides pointers for parents to use with their children, primary-care physicians, and mental health specialists. Using case studies describing real patients to illustrate his points, Lucas views anorexia as a medical illness with a range of treatment options and explores each option carefully. Although he writes primarily about anorexia, his chapters on disorders that mimic anorexia and those on bulimia are also useful. The book will be valuable for the well-educated parent facing a family crisis and ready to read at length about the illness, but it may not be as helpful to families with lesser reading skills or for whom English is a second language. Recommended for public libraries and consumer health collections.-Ellen Detlefsen, Univ. of Pittsburgh Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Meet the Author

Alexander R. Lucas, M.D., is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and former Head of the Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic. For forty years he has been a recognized authority on anorexia, with a practice that drew patients from around the world.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 What Is Anorexia Nervosa? 3
2 How Does Anorexia Nervosa Evolve? 11
3 How Common Is Anorexia Nervosa? 20
4 What Causes Anorexia Nervosa? 28
5 The Signs of Trouble 54
6 What to Expect in an Evaluation 63
7 Making the Diagnosis 70
8 Disorders That Mimic Anorexia Nervosa 77
9 Physiological Effects of Starvation and Weight Gain 82
10 How Is Fertility Affected? 89
11 Bulimia, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating 94
12 Treatment 102
13 Is Recovery Possible? 137
14 Can Anorexia Nervosa Be Prevented? 154
Message for Patients 159
Resources for Families 161
Notes 164
Index 172
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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    should I get this for my husband?

    I'm trying to find a book about anorexia for my husband so he can understand what's going on with me. I think it would help him a lot if he could read something, rather than just hearing what I have to say about it. Is this one of the best or would anybody recommend a different one for husbands of sufferers?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2004

    Will answer your questions about anorexia.

    Demystifying Anorexia is a must read for family and friends of those suffering from anorexia. An easy read that covers everything dealing with this eating disorder. This book helped me to understand what my wife is going through and how to cope with some of the symptoms. Out of all the research I have done on the subject, this book is head and shoulders above the rest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2004

    Must read.

    Exellent read for pros and sufferers alike. Highly recommended

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