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A Parent's Guide to Defeating Eating Disorders: Spotting the Stealth Bomber and Other Symbolic Approaches
     

A Parent's Guide to Defeating Eating Disorders: Spotting the Stealth Bomber and Other Symbolic Approaches

by Ahmed Boachie
 

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Building a supportive and open relationship with young people suffering from eating disorders is key to assisting the recovery process. This book is packed with metaphorical explanations that will allow parents and caregivers to ally themselves with treatment rather than the eating disorder, and take positive steps with their child towards a full and lasting

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Building a supportive and open relationship with young people suffering from eating disorders is key to assisting the recovery process. This book is packed with metaphorical explanations that will allow parents and caregivers to ally themselves with treatment rather than the eating disorder, and take positive steps with their child towards a full and lasting recovery.

Written by experienced eating disorder specialists, the book will help caregivers to reach out to young people having difficulty cooperating with treatment. Its effective use of analogies and metaphors helps to crystallize a practical understanding of eating disorders and the crucial aspects of the treatment process. Integrating medical, psychological, and narrative aspects, as well as the visual (with illustrations), it encourages the reader, and by extension the sufferer, to conceptualize each step towards health.

This book will be an invaluable tool for families, friends, and those working with young people suffering from eating disorders. The fresh perspective will also appeal to mental health professionals and anyone else working in the field.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Parents have a critical role to play when it comes to recognizing eating disorders—according to a 1992 UK study, only two percent of general practitioners and 33 percent of pediatricians accurately diagnose them. This book, written by experienced eating-disorder professionals Boachie (psychiatry, Univ. of Toronto) and Jasper (clinical specialist, Narrative Therapy Ctr. of Toronto), aims to support parents through this relatively rare, but uniquely dangerous, condition. Their writing relies heavily on analogies and metaphors. Vignettes throughout support the information they are giving. The chapter "Driving with No Gas" uses the analogy of drivers expecting to arrive at their next destination without filling up the gas tank and being surprised when the car suddenly stops to illustrate how teens with eating disorders may "underestimate the danger they are in and can crash suddenly." The chapters cover recognition and diagnosis of an eating disorder, outpatient management, multifamily therapy, day-long hospital programs, inpatient treatment, and the recovery process. Each section is organized to help parents become more informed and comfortable with these diagnoses and processes. VERDICT Analogies and metaphors will help parents visualize sometimes abstract concepts and support them through the arduous journey. The authors' expertise highly recommends this book.—Elizabeth J. Eastwood, Los Alamos Cty. P.L., NM

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849051965
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley Limited
Publication date:
09/15/2011
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Ahmed Boachie is Program Director of the Eating Disorder Program at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario, and Staff Psychiatrist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. He is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Toronto, and Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences of McMaster University. He resides in Aurora, Ontario.

Karin Jasper is Clinical Mental Health Specialist and Research Co-ordinator of the Eating Disorder Program at Southlake Regional Health Centre. She is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Toronto. She resides in Toronto, Ontario.

Ahmed Boachie is Program Director of the Eating Disorder Program at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario, and Staff Psychiatrist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. He is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Toronto, and Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences of McMaster University. He resides in Aurora, Ontario. Karin Jasper is Clinical Mental Health Specialist and Research Co-ordinator of the Eating Disorder Program at Southlake Regional Health Centre. She is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Toronto. She resides in Toronto, Ontario.

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