Next to Nothing: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with an Eating Disorder

Next to Nothing: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with an Eating Disorder

by Carrie Arnold, B. Timothy Walsh

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195309669
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 07/03/2007
Series: Adolescent Mental Health Initiative Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 629,253
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Carrie Arnold waged a seven-year battle with anorexia and bulimia. The holder of a Master's of Public Health in Epidemiology, she is actively involved in eating disorders advocacy and education. She is also the author of Running on Empty: A Diary of Anorexia and Recovery. B. Timothy Walsh, M.D., is the Ruane Professor of Pediatric Psychopharmacology in the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University. A past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders and currently an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, he established the Eating Disorders Research Unit at New York State Psychiatric Institute. His books include If Your Adolescent Has an Eating Disorder: An Essential Resource For Parents (OUP 2005) and Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders: What We Know and What We Don't Know (OUP 2005).

Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Preface     xiii
A Very Heavy Weight: Life With Anorexia and Bulimia     1
Consumed by ED     1
Obsessing About Food     4
Grabbing Hold of Recovery     7
The Face in the Mirror     9
Evolution of an Eating Disorder     12
In the Beginning     13
Just Five Pounds...     16
Atlanta, GA     17
Impatient Inpatient     20
Treatment in Philadelphia     23
Hospitalization, Take Two     25
The Basics: What You Need to Know About Eating Disorders     27
Eating Disorders Defined     28
What Causes Eating Disorders?     33
Medical Dangers     46
Diseases That Frequently Co-occur With Eating Disorders     49
Diagnostic Migration     53
So, What Next?     54
After the Diagnosis: Getting the Right Treatment for You     55
Seeking Help     56
Goals of Treatment     58
Starting Treatment     59
Close-up on the Treatment Team: Who They Are and What They Can Do for You     61
Intensive Treatment Options     77
Recovery in Any Setting     82
The Personal Challenges of Recovery: Practical Tips     84
Accepting That You Have an Eating Disorder     85
Strategies and Techniques for Maintaining Recovery     85
Medical Issues in Recovery and Beyond     97
Food for life     98
Recovery at All Costs     100
Dealing With the World While in Recovery     101
Talking to Family and Friends About Your Eating Disorder     102
Enlisting Support During Recovery     103
Dealing With Dumb Comments, Part I     105
Everyday Life: The 23 hours Each Day When You're Not in Therapy     106
Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk     110
Relapse: There and Back Again     112
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back     114
Return to Anorexia     117
Back in Residential Treatment     120
Relapse Prevention     120
Dealing With Dumb Comments, Part II     122
Closure     124
For Caregivers of Young People With Eating Disorders     129
Some Frequently Asked Questions for the Recently Diagnosed     137
Glossary     147
Resources     151
Bibliography     159
Index      161

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Next to Nothing: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with an Eating Disorder 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not just a book for teenagers, it is a book for anyone trying to understand what they are feeling. It is written in a non-scary, non-medical way--easy to understand and very relatable. I think I underlined half the book, and my boyfriend read it too, to try to understand what I feel from another perspective.