An eating disorder is more than a simple case of dieting gone awry, and if you or someone you know has anorexia or bulimia, then you are probably familiar with the isolation, desperation, and shame that these illnesses can bring. Eating disorders afflict millions of people all over the world, especially young women, and are among the most harmful of psychiatric illnesses.
Carrie Arnold developed anorexia as an adolescent and nearly lost her life to the disease. In Next to Nothing, she tells the story of her descent into anorexia, how and why she fell victim to this mysterious illness, and how she was able to seek help and recover after years of therapy and hard work. Now an adult, Arnold uses her own experiences to offer you the practical advice and guidance you can use in your own struggle against disordered eating. With the help of B. Timothy Walsh, M.D., one of America's leading authorities on eating disorders, Next to Nothing reveals in easy-to-understand terms what is known and not known medically about anorexia and bulimia. The book also covers such difficult topics as: The various types of psychotherapy available to those struggling with eating disorders, How to make the most of psychiatric hospitalization, Talking to family and friends about anorexia and bulimia. Part compelling memoir and part practical guide, Next to Nothing will help to ease the suffering and confusion that an eating disorder can bring, offering you the information and support you need to manage and maintain your recovery on a daily basis.
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
1. Food, Glorious Food! Life with Anorexia and Bulimia
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.