Dying to Please: Anorexia, Treatment and Recovery, 2d ed.

Dying to Please: Anorexia, Treatment and Recovery, 2d ed.

by Avis Rumney


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ISBN-13: 9780786443789
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Avis Rumney is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an Eating Disorder Specialist, and a Certified Interventionist in private practice in Marin County, California. More information on eating disorders can be found at her website AvisRumney.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Preface to the Second Edition 1

Introduction 7

Part 1 Anorexia

1 The Paradox of Self-Annihilation in Service of Self-Preservation 11

2 What is Anorexia and What Causes it? 16

What Is Anorexia Nervosa? 16

How Prevalent Is Anorexia Nervosa? 17

What Causes Anorexia Nervosa? 17

Is Anorexia an Addiction? 23

3 Uses and Misuses of the Internet 25

4 Disorders That May Accompany Anorexia 28

Depression 28

Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders 29

Body Dysmorphic Disorder 31

Bulimia Nervosa 32

Alcohol or Drug Addiction 32

Personality Disorders 33

5 Some Attributes of Anorexia 34

Perfectionism 34

Competition 38

Unresolved Grief 43

Immature Sexuality and Relationships 50

Distortion of Body Image 61

Part 2 Treatment and Recovery

6 Understanding Recovery 75

What Constitutes Cure? 75

Challenges in Evaluating Recovery 76

The Foundation of Recovery: Development of a Coherent Sense of Self 81

My Journey Towards Self-Development 83

7 Approaching Treatment 89

Essential Components in the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa 89

Considerations in Treatment 90

Aspects of Treatment 91

8 Therapy for an Anorexic 98

Psychotherapeutic Modalities 98

Experiential Modalities 113

Psychopharmacology 137

9 Therapy for Families and Family Members 143

Family Therapy 143

Therapy for Individual Family Members 148

10 12-Step Programs 155

11 Intervention 161

Epilogue 167

Appendix A Treatment Centers for Eating Disorders 169

Appendix B Resources for Information and Referral 176

Bibliography 179

Internet References 186

Index 187

What People are Saying About This

Carolyn Costin

Avis Rumney guides readers on a journey of understanding anorexia from the inside out in this comprehensive and well-researched second edition. (Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd., MFT, CEDS Director, Monte Nido Treatment Center and Affiliates, and author, The Eating Disorders Sourcebook.)

Leigh Cohn

Interweaving the insights of her own personal story of recovery with decades of clinical experience, Rumney provides a powerful treatment manual for anorexia nervosa. An excellent source for individuals in recovery and their families, as well as students. (Leigh Cohn, MAT, CEDS, Editor-in-Chief, Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention)

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