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

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849051965
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Limited
  • Publication date: 9/15/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,382,767
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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