Feeding the Starving Mind: A Personalized, Comprehensive Approach to Overcoming Anorexia and Other Starvation Eating Disorders

Overview

Starvation eating disorders such as anorexia not only affect your body, but also take a devastating toll on your mind. Constantly feeling anxious about your weight, your appearance, and your self-worth can leave you mentally exhausted. And no matter how thin you become, it's impossible to be happy when you are controlled by anxious and obsessive thoughts.

If you're ready to stop letting your eating disorder run your life, Feeding the Starving Mind can help. As you work through ...

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Feeding the Starving Mind: A Personalized, Comprehensive Approach to Overcoming Anorexia and Other Starvation Eating Disorders

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Overview

Starvation eating disorders such as anorexia not only affect your body, but also take a devastating toll on your mind. Constantly feeling anxious about your weight, your appearance, and your self-worth can leave you mentally exhausted. And no matter how thin you become, it's impossible to be happy when you are controlled by anxious and obsessive thoughts.

If you're ready to stop letting your eating disorder run your life, Feeding the Starving Mind can help. As you work through the program in this book, you'll discover the source of your eating disorder, identify the compulsive thoughts that contribute to it, and take steps toward developing a healthy relationship with food and exercise.

  • Develop a personal eating disorder profile
  • Learn how to eat without purging and restore your weight
  • Learn cognitive behavior therapy skills for managing weight-related anxiety and fear
  • Create a treatment plan to restore your health and happiness
  • Keep destructive thoughts and patterns of behavior from coming back
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572245846
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Workbook Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Doreen A. Samelson, Ed.D., MSCP, is a medical psychologist specializing in weight loss surgery and the treatment of eating disorders. She is committed to helping people with weight or food-related problems experience improved health and quality of life. An experienced public speaker, she regularly lectures on weight and food-related topics, and is author of Feeding the Starving Mind. She lives in northern California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv

Foreword vii

Introduction 1

Stage I Education-Starvation eating disorder primer: what we know about starvation eating disorders

Chapter 1 What is a starvation eating disorder? 11

Chapter 2 The starving body 19

Chapter 3 The starving brain 34

Chapter 4 How did I get this way? 42

Chapter 5 Fear: obsessive thinking and compulsive behaviors 54

Stage II Getting ready-commitment, team building, and treatment planning

Chapter 6 Making a commitment to opposite action 71

Chapter 7 Who's on your team: health care providers and nonprofessional coaches 86

Chapter 8 Treatment components 96

Stage III Getting well-weight restoration

Chapter 9 Eating disorders and self-harm: minimizing health risks 109

Chapter 10 Restoring health with food: the first four phases 130

Chapter 11 Restoring health with food: phases 5 and 6 149

Chapter 12 Cognitive therapy: changing you thinking 166

Chapter 13 Challenging core anxiety 188

Stage IV Living-staying healthy and building a life beyond a starvation eating disorder

Chapter 14 Relapse prevention: maintaining a healthy weight 213

Chapter 15 Building a life without a starvation eating disorder 228

Helpful resources 241

References 243

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