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1. Overcoming Bulimia: Your Comprehensive,
2. Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and
3. Bulimics on Bulimia
4. Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery
5. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy
6. Beyond the Looking Glass: Daily
7. Dialectical Behavior Therapy for
8. Bulimia: A Guide for Family and
9. The Bulimia Workbook for Teens:
10. Andrea's Voice: Silenced by Bulimia:
11. Treating Bulimia in Adolescents:
12. Learning to Be Me: My Twenty-Three-Year
13. Bulimia: Hunger For Freedom
14. Overcoming Eating Disorders: A
15. Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery -
16. Overcoming Bulimia Nervosa and
17. Appetite for Life: Inspiring Stories
18. Bulimia (At Issue Series)
19. Treating Bulimia Nervosa and Binge
20. Overcoming Eating Disorders: A

1. Overcoming Bulimia: Your Comprehensive, Step-By-Step Guide to Recovery (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)
by Randi E., Ph.D. McCabe, Traci L., Ph.D. McFarlane, Marion P., Ph.D. Olmstead
Paperback: 220 Pages (2004-01)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$14.75
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Asin: 1572243260
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Severe dieting often results in periods of reactive binge eating. a phenomenon experienced by one in twenty American women. Responses to these periods may include prolonged fasting, self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives and diuretics, and obsessive exercise: all symptoms of bulimia. This workbook contains tools to help bulimics break the cycle of bingeing and reacting, allowing them to take control of their lives and make positive behavior changes. Use it to recognize the symptoms of bulimia, its causes, and the health risks it poses. Then work through the exercises to normalize eating and deal with the issues that underlie the symptoms. Take control of your recovery process with checklists, self-monitoring assessments, and thought diaries.Practical advice and real-life examples reinforce attitudes and offer encouragement. Discover that it is possible to overcome your disorder and live a happier, more fulfilling life.

This comprehensive guide covers everything from bulimia’s symptoms, causes, and risks to how to normalize eating, shift eating-disordered thoughts, build on personal strengths, improve self-esteem, deal with underlying issues, prevent relapse, and understand what medications can help. With many real-life examples, this book also helps readers learn through the experiences of other sufferers how to overcome their disorder and live a happier, more fulfilled life. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (13)

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful adjunct
As a professional in this field, I am always searching for user friendly instruments to keep in my office.I like the suggestions, the accessibility of the material.

5-0 out of 5 stars So much better than I could have ever imagined
I didn't think that people would be able to understand me or my eating disorder. I mean, I didn't even understand it very well myself. But with every page I turned in this book, I found myself going "wow, that is exactly me!" If you haven't yet, this book will make you realize that it's really not you, it's this textbook disease called bulimia. But I think the most important thing this book has made me realize is that binging and purging has always given me a short-term escape that's kept me coming back again and again, but in the long-term, it's taken everything from me. Please, if you are considering recovery, pick up this book. It's written by people who clearly DO understand what bulimics go through. Good luck, and remember that there is no such thing as a "last time" or "just one time" when it comes bulimia (or any other addiction).

2-0 out of 5 stars Use with Therapy
I initially picked this up prior to my first visit with my prior therapist. I would say that used in conjunction with a good therapy program this book has the ability to be useful but I wouldn't recommend using it as a sole source of treatment. It has some suggestions that are just completely unrealistic (for example, removing ALL low fat, sugar free and diet foods from your home) and it seems to simplify things a lot. Admittedly, this book is probably not geared toward individuals like me who have been suffering for over 12 years and need more intensive treatment. Worth a look? Yes. There are many sections that helped me come to some important realizations so I would hate to discount this book entirely. However, I don't recommend that you use this while forgoing visits with a qualified counselor.

5-0 out of 5 stars Overcoming Bulimia Workbook
Excellant book to assist you in overcoming bulimia. I am recovering after 36 years of eating disorders. This workbook went right along with my recovery plan. Would recommend it to anyone suffering from bulimia.

5-0 out of 5 stars this is what helped me
i've been suffering from bulimia for over 14 years. and i was at a loss what to do. i even had suicidal thoughts. but, i got this book and after i understood what was going on in my mind, i felt real better and also the exercises on this book were real helpful and most importantly, i got over bulimia at last.
the best thing for me in this book is "normalized eating". this book tells you what is normal eating: no more dieting, no more food restrictions, no more urges to overeat. and i have to tell you, normal eating won't make you fat. rather, i think some might even lose weight by eating normally; in fact i'm one of them.
now i eat normally and i'm not on a diet anymore. i don't even think about my weight and shape. and i feel real good about it. this is the happiness and freedom this book gave me, and i really want to say thank you guys and this book is highly recommended for anyone who's suffering from bulimia and wants to get out of the nightmare. this book will help you. ... Read more

2. Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia (P.S.)
by Marya Hornbacher
Paperback: 320 Pages (2006-02-01)
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Asin: 0060858796
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Why would a talented young woman enter into a torrid affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Through five lengthy hospital stays, endless therapy, and the loss of family, friends, jobs, and all sense of what it means to be "normal," Marya Hornbacher lovingly embraced her anorexia and bulimia -- until a particularly horrifying bout with the disease in college put the romance of wasting away to rest forever. A vivid, honest, and emotionally wrenching memoir, Wasted is the story of one woman's travels to reality's darker side -- and her decision to find her way back on her own terms.

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"I fell for the great American dream, female version, hook, line, andsinker," Marya Hornbacher writes. "I, as many young women do, honest-to-God believedthat once I Just Lost a Few Pounds, suddenly I would be a New You, I wouldhave Ken-doll men chasing my thin legs down with bouquets of flowers on thestreet, I would become rich and famous and glamorous and lose my freckles andbecome blond and five foot ten." Hornbacher describes in shocking detail herlifelong quest to starve herself to death, to force her short, athletic bodyto fade away. She remembers telling a friend, at age 4, that shewas on a diet. Her bizarre tale includes not only the usual puking and starving, but also being confined to mental hospitals and growing fur (aphenomenon called lanugo, which nature imposes to keep a body from freezing todeath during periods of famine). ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars excellent book, tragic story
This is the tale of an intelligent, thoughtful, considerate young woman who nonetheless falls prey over and over again to her disorder. This book leaves the reader hoping very much that Ms. Hornbacher will be able to turn the massive amount of brainpower that goes into a book as stunningly evocative and effecting as this one to healing her own disorder.

The best book on E.D. out there.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but way too wordy
I really did like this book but it is SO wordy and I feel like it is too wordy to be a memoir.It is obvious she is very intelligent but it has a little too much fluff for such an intense topic. Plus she definitely contradicts herself a lot which irritates me.

5-0 out of 5 stars brilliant
This memoir is absolutely spellbinding - the elegant writing and deep-found intelligence of the author make this true story impossible to put down. Particularly for those who have suffered from eating disorders, Hornbacher's brutal honesty and courage in addressing such a taboo issue and emotional state are not only relatable but inspiring - may you find solstice in her words.

2-0 out of 5 stars Pathological
This book has the feel of someone boasting about just how bad and pathological she was.In reality, she was not recovered and was still in the grips of her eating disordered thoughts and mindset. (Significant personality pathology as well). Warning to those who are easily triggered--this book is not right for you.This book could be useful for professionals wanting to get an "insider" perspective of someone with severe symptoms.However, would not recommend this book for eating disordered sufferers who need to recover.This book would likely set you backwards.

5-0 out of 5 stars wasted
This book was so very honest that I made my twin sister read it to have some understanding about myED. My own husband did not even know I had an ED for years until I left him a letter on the dinner table one night. I wish I had Marya's Strength. This book can be a trigger and I found myself reading certain parts over and over again just not to feel alone when I was re-living the same habbits of this horrible disease that she was. I like to think That I have recovered and I still pull "Wasted" off the book shelf once on a while and re-read it. I am thankful for Marya's complete honesty no matter how ugly it gets because I was able to just hand this book to my family and give them a sense of understanding. ... Read more

3. Bulimics on Bulimia
by Maria Stavrou
Paperback: 160 Pages (2008-09-15)
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Asin: 184310668X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Thousands suffer from bulimia secretly and in silence. They are never diagnosed and their story goes untold.

Bulimics on Bulimia is a collection of accounts by people who are living with the disorder, shedding new light on the day-to-day struggle of coping with bulimia. This book challenges the stereotypical image of the bulimic teenage girl, revealing that bulimia affects a far wider range of people, and dispelling the myth that bingeing involves only food and purging involves only vomiting. The powerful stories in this book provide new perspectives on the experience of bulimia, revealing the complex realities of the illness and the different ways in which different people view themselves and the disorder that has become a part of their lives.

This book is a must-read for counselors, psychologists, and mental health professionals and will strike a chord with anyone who is suffering or has suffered from an eating disorder, as well as their friends and families. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars easy read
really enjoyed this book, was easy read, and gives great insight into the world of ED's. might be unhealthy for people who engage in ED behaviours... some people may find it triggering..

4-0 out of 5 stars Bulmics On Bulimia
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; as an individual sruggling with bulimia, I found it intriguing to read others' accounts of the disorder.

4-0 out of 5 stars confused at first
I read the whole book right away and got mad at first because I actually ended up skipping reading the important parts that would have told me that this book was made up from many different sufferers of ED's. For some reason the whole time I was reading it I actually thought that it was about one, and could not understand why each chapter was different. After I read the parts I previously skipped, I felt pretty dumb! Now I really do like it, and am glad I can read it again and understand it better!

5-0 out of 5 stars Absorbing, Informative, and Gripping!
Bulimics on Bulimia is a collection of 19 personal accounts from Bulimic individuals. This book surpasses others because it is told while the women are in the disorder.

The complexity and difficulty of recovery is truly visible when told by people who are NOT recovered. Hopefully, this book will shed some light on this serious illness.

The book is unique because it tries to bring attention to bulimia. Most media stories focus more on anorexia (even if the individual is also bulimic). These women discuss how the supposed "inferiority" of bulimia causes even greater self hate and damage.

This book does not have the luxury of a sensational story line, or the confessions of famous women.Instead it shows the secret lives of women (and men) who live amongst us. The success of this book relies on people who care enough to learn about the secret torment of regular women.

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4. Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery
by Lindsey Hall, Leigh Cohn M.A.T.
Paperback: 288 Pages (2010-11-01)
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Asin: 0936077514
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This intimate self-help guidebook offers a complete understanding of bulimia and a plan for recovery. It includes a two-week program to stop bingeing, ideas for things to do instead of bingeing, a guide for support groups, specific advice for loved ones, and "Eat Without Fear," Lindsey Hall's story of her self-cure, which has inspired thousands of other bulimics. This 25th anniversary edition updates all information from previous editions, with additional material on assessment, new diagnostic categories, men and bulimia, evidence-based treatment, family-assisted recovery, the influence of media (including the Internet), the essentials of "long-term recovery," and much more. Drawing on its established track record of success, Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery includes input from 400 recovered bulimics and is packed with valuable tips for therapists, educators, bulimics, and their loved ones.
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5-0 out of 5 stars just want I expected. in good shape. good book
This is a great book for anyone struggling with an eating disorder.The book is full of thoughtful insight from someone who's been there herself.

1-0 out of 5 stars Yikes!
I've never written an opinion before, but this book needs one.

I've been bulimic for many years, and blindly pulled it off a book shelf and started reading. It turned my from a binge purge four times a day bulimic to a not eating for days anorexic. The guidelines for "things to do instead of eating" were wonderful, but you find yourself at the intersection of not knowing exactly when its okay to eat. In the whole three week program at the end of the book, only once did it mention to have a "meal" to enjoy.

I respect the author, but i'm firm in my beliefs that if you have an impressionable mind, you might want to find a softer method to help yourself, instead of no eat boot came.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Experience
This book is awesome it has a three week guide to stop bingeing, I do the homework and all the morning warmups, it is a must to have if you are stuggling with Bulimia.

5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful
This book is not only a wonderful resource for sufferers of bulimia. But it is also a resource for thier family and friends. The book explains bulimia, tells Lindsey Hall's personal story, and has a special chapter for family and loved ones. Everyone who suffers from bulimia or has a spouse, family member, or friend with bulimia, should read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Guide to Recovery Review
This book was full of useful information and written so the layman could understand.I was completely satisfied with the information I received. ... Read more

5. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia: Using DBT to Break the Cycle and Regain Control of Your Life
by Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, Michael Maslar
Paperback: 200 Pages (2009-08-01)
list price: US$21.95 -- used & new: US$13.30
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Asin: 1572246197
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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At the root of bulimia is a need to feel in control. While purging is a strategy for controlling weight, bingeing is an attempt to calm depression, stress, shame, and even boredom. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia offers new and healthy ways to overcome the distressing feelings and negative body-image beliefs that keep you trapped in this cycle.

In this powerful program used by therapists, you'll learn four key skill sets-mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness-and begin using them right away to manage bulimic urges. The book includes worksheets and exercises designed to help you take charge of your emotions and end your dependence on bulimia. You'll also learn how to stay motivated and committed to ending bulimia instead of reverting to old behaviors. Used together, the skills presented in this workbook will help you begin to cope with uncomfortable feelings in healthy ways, empower you to feel good about nourishing your body, and finally gain true control over your life.

This self-help workbook is an excellent tool to help alleviate bulimia nervosa symptoms. It is also a useful guide for the practitioner who is assisting the patient in his or her quest to overcome an eating disorder. I highly recommend this workbook to sufferers and mental health professionals alike.
-Daniel le Grange, Ph.D., professor and director of the eating disorders program at the University of Chicago

I never knew how to ride the rollercoaster of life without resorting to bingeing until dialectical behavior therapy helped to change my behavior and my life.
-Sharon, client of coauthor Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher

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5-0 out of 5 stars Treatment Aspects
I just spent over a month at an eating disorder treatment center, Timberline Knolls, and had DBT classes twice a week.Understanding the core of DBT has enabled me to grasp this concept even further for the specialized version for Builima.My therapist had recommended this book a few months back and while I started it, I didn't get very far as it was at times confusing when you don't know the four aspects of DBT skills.Now back at home and ready to jump on the recovery train for the long haul, I am excited to get back into the workbook and tackle this disorder that has plagued me for over 30 years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Creating a life worth being present in: Useful workbook for both clients and clinicians
"The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia," by Drs. Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher and Michael Maslar, is a much needed adaptation of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for bulimia.This self-help workbook not only outlines the essential DBT "modules," including Mindfulness Skills, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Skills, but it also does a nice job orienting individuals to both DBT and bulimia.Further, the book is filled with useful and practical hands-on examples, activities, and vignettes to facilitate learning and teach individuals to synthesize their DBT skills.Much like the therapy it is based off of, this workbook takes a nonjudgmental yet encouraging and motivating stance.If used effectively and consistently, the tools in this workbook *will* help in the recovery from bulimia.

While this book is marketed as a "self-help workbook," it is important to highlight that it can be used by treatment providers.As a clinician, I have found that this workbook provides a welcome method for facilitating DBT informed treatment (both individual and group).It is especially useful in translating basic DBT skills for the specific population of individuals suffering from disordered eating.

5-0 out of 5 stars Clear guidance towards recovery for Bulimia
"The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia" is a hands-on workbook for individuals who suffer from bulimia nervosa that can be used alone or can accompany a formal treatment program with a mental health professional.The book has eleven chapters that cover a psychoeducational piece, purpose and behavioral pattern identification, training in and integration of all four DBT skills and maintenance and relapse strategies. The exercises throughout the book facilitate understanding of the concepts, which could otherwise be difficult to grasp for individuals who have never been in treatment. This, coupled with numerous clinical examples, highlights the practical, hands-on nature of the volume. The ultimate premise of DBT, "to create a life worth being present in" is frequently brought up, reminding the reader of the long-term gains they could achieve with treatment. Special acknowledgment should be given to the authors for the clarity in their explanations and the adaptation of DBT to this particular clinical population. Clinicians working with eating disordered patients will find that the book is an excellent tool for patient as an extension of their treatment and for themselves as a resource to expand their technical repertoire. Individuals with bulimia will have a better understanding of the work ahead towards recovery; reading this workbook and putting the skills into practice can very well serve as their first step in the recovery pathway.
Gaston Baslet, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago

5-0 out of 5 stars Good for patients and providers alike
This new book by Drs. Astrachan-Fletcher and Maslar fill a big need in the self-help workbook area by covering the application of DBT skills for bulimic behaviors. This is a useful and timely application of mindfulness-based skills to a significant and often difficult to treat set of behaviors. The book is well written and the handouts are easy to use. I highly recommend it for individuals struggling with disordered eating and therapists looking for additional resources for their clients. ... Read more

6. Beyond the Looking Glass: Daily Devotions for Overcoming Anorexia and Bulimia (Serenity Meditation Series)
by Remuda Ranch
 Paperback: 365 Pages (1992-06)
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Asin: 0840733771
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A light in the darkness
I got this devotional several years ago, and it gave me hope.
Earlier this year I spent time at Remuda Ranch, and this devotional continued to lift my spirits. I have, unfortunately, relapsed badly, but my little devotional continues to give me encuragement and to remind me that recovery is possible.
Barb-bulimic/walking addict since 1986

5-0 out of 5 stars little steps toward recovery
As a former patient of Remuda, I was given this book on my first day of treatment.I read it faithfully throughout the year, and I found hope and encouragement in those pages as I read the stories of women like me.For anyone struggling with an eating disorder or for their loved ones, this book is an important tool for recovery.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good daily meditation/devotional
My daughter has used this book and was recommended by a counselor to her.It is very good for beginning the day with God and touches on many struggles, joys, fears, etc. that those with an eating disorder go through. ... Read more

7. Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Binge Eating and Bulimia
by Debra L. Safer, Christy F. Telch, Eunice Y. Chen
Hardcover: 244 Pages (2009-05-20)
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Asin: 1606232657
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This groundbreaking book gives clinicians a new set of tools for helping people overcome binge-eating disorder and bulimia. It presents an adaptation of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) developed expressly for this population. The treatment is unique in approaching disordered eating as a problem of emotional dysregulation. Featuring vivid case examples and 32 reproducibles, the book shows how to put an end to binge eating and purging by teaching clients more adaptive ways to manage painful emotions. Step-by-step guidelines are provided for implementing DBT skills training in mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance, including a specially tailored skill, mindful eating.

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8. Bulimia: A Guide for Family and Friends (Psychology Series)
by Roberta Trattner Sherman, Ron A. Thompson
Paperback: 176 Pages (1996-12-30)
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Asin: 0787903612
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The classic book that offers understanding and a positive approach.Sherman and Thompson answer the questions asked most frequently by the families and friAnds of bulimics. Why do some women become bulimic? What are the medical risks? The authors—both experts on the causes and treatment of eating disorders—have created the first authoritative step-by-step guide to this complex disease. They reveal bulimia's insidious nature including the fact that those who care the most about helping can actually make things worse. Filled with practical information and advice, this essential resource offers hope to millions of bulimics and their loved ones. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars easy read
very easy read, good for families and friends as a first book on education regarding ED's... is repetitive at times

4-0 out of 5 stars Best book of the 3 I bought
I bought three books to learn how to help my daughter.This book is the best of the three by far.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everybody should read this book
This book not only gives information about bulimia, but also about eating disorders in general.Furthermore, it gives information about types of personalities, family dynamics and the effect the environment has on all of us.All of this in a clear and articulate way without any psychology jargon.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Very Helpful Book
I found this book very helpful.It helped me understand the problem, but it especially had a lot of good info on what I can and should do now.Thank you so much .

5-0 out of 5 stars Read this and get help
This is a great book for a spouse or a fmaily member who wants to help.It details what is happening and what can be done.However, it is not a substitute for therapy.Please get help for your loved one immediately. There is hope. ... Read more

9. The Bulimia Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Stop Bingeing and Purging (Instant Help)
by Lisa M. Schab
Paperback: 144 Pages (2010-12)
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Break the Cycle of Bulimia and Take Charge of Your Life

Have you ever had a false friend-someone who you thought was on your side, but let you down in the end? Bulimia is a false friend, too. As you depend on it more and more, your life only gets worse and worse. You may have found that you need to hide food, mislead others, and schedule your bingeing and purging cycle in order to keep bulimia in your life. If you're ready to ditch bulimia and make room for the real friends in your life, you can. This book will show you how.

The Bulimia Workbook for Teens presents 42 exercises that will help you end the chaos of bulimia so that you can focus on becoming the person you really want to be. These exercises teach skills for overcoming bulimia based in cognitive behavioral therapy, a kind of therapy that psychologists use and research has shown really helps.

    The skills in this workbook will help you to:
  • Build the strength to reduce your dependence on bulimia
  • Overcome perfectionism and be kinder toward yourself and your body
  • Manage difficult emotions without bingeing and purging
  • Transcend bulimia by accepting and loving yourself unconditionally
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10. Andrea's Voice: Silenced by Bulimia: Her Story and Her Mother's Journey Through Grief Toward Understanding
by Doris Smeltzer
Paperback: 304 Pages (2006-05-15)
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Asin: 0936077018
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Vibrant, talented, strong, and beautiful, Andrea Smeltzer seemed destined for a great future. But after a one-year struggle with bulimia, she died in her sleep at age 19, catapulting her mother Doris into a wrenching but ultimately rewarding journey of discovery. This unabashed account not only speaks about one family’s tragedy, but also critiques the social and personal attitudes toward our bodies and appearance that create victims like Andrea. Andrea's poetry and journal entries, combined with her mother's reflections, offer insight and understanding about a crushing disorder that afflicts far too many young people. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Poignant and powerful
Reviewed by Jeanine Cogan, PhD, Policy Director, Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action, Washington, DC:

"Doris Smeltzer gives voice to the unbearable grief of losing her child, Andrea, with such courage and grace the book is ultimately an inspiration. She weaves Andrea's voice throughout her own story so that mother and daughter are telling it together, capturing the deep bond that connects them to this day. Andrea's words are poignant, powerful and beautiful revealing to us both her wisdom and struggle on her journey to growing up. Reading this book is like wrapping yourself in a blanket of poetry that wakes up your heart with tenderness and compassion."

5-0 out of 5 stars courageous and compelling story
Reviewed by Abigail Natenshon, MA, LCSW, GCFP, Author of When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder:

"Doris Smeltzer loved her daughter and left no stone unturned in caring for her. Her courageous and indomitable spirit and her capacity to tell a compelling story keep Andrea alive in readers' hearts and minds. Moreover, Smeltzer's inspired story telling offers the strength, wisdom and hope patients and families hunger for in their own struggle to prevail...and to survive... in the face of lethal eating disorders. Through Andrea's Voice, mother and daughter enjoy the capacity to save other precious lives."

5-0 out of 5 stars A powerful lesson
Reviewed by Dr. Dean Edell, MD, health expert and media personality

"There are lessons here for all of us. This is not just a story of one family's tragedy with eating disorders but a perspective about our culture and our attitudes about our bodies. Food and body image are powerful symbols for us and understanding the interactions is critical for our mental as well as physical health."

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
The title of my review sums it up for me, this book is a must read for anyone struggling with an eating disorder, for families or loved ones of someone with an eating disorder, or for someone who is not sure if their relationship with food constituts and eating disorder. You will be moved, touched, and definitely enlightened about the seriousness of these illnesses, and that understanding is a gift that Andrea has left us and that Doris and her family have shared with us. From Sari Shepphird, Ph.D., author of 100 Questions & Answers About Anorexia Nervosa

4-0 out of 5 stars Frightening and Sad
As someone who has struggled on an off with Bulimia Nervosa for over a decade, I has mixed emotions about this book. It was beautifully written, the material well handled, and the emotion very pure. However, as a current sufferer, I found myself horrified both because of how easily Andrea died and because the things she was doing is "kid stuff" compared to things I've lived to tell about. It is definitely one of those rare books worth recommending on the subject but tricky for an active sufferer to handle well. ... Read more

11. Treating Bulimia in Adolescents: A Family-Based Approach
by Daniel le Grange PhD, James Lock MDPhD
Paperback: 260 Pages (2009-06-19)
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Asin: 1606233513
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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An indispensable clinical resource, this groundbreaking book is the first treatment manual to focus specifically on adolescent bulimia nervosa. The authors draw on their proven approach to treating anorexia nervosa in the family context and adapt it to the unique needs of this related yet distinct clinical population. Evidence-based strategies are presented for helping the whole family collaborate to bring dysfunctional eating behaviors under control, while also addressing co-occurring psychological problems and parent–child relationship conflicts. Highly practical, the book shows exactly how to carry out this time-limited therapy and what to do when problems arise. Special features include annotated session transcripts and answers to frequently asked questions.

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3-0 out of 5 stars IT
This was written like an instruction manual to putting together your next stereo. It was dry and without life, when the intent is to promote well-being.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Eating Disorder Treatment Manual
An excellent Maudesley model treatment manual for clinicians to use in treating Bulimia Nervosa. The authors chose to address Bulimia in a separate edition from their first manual, TREATMENT MANUAL FOR ANOREXIA NERVOSA. The psychological and family dynamics are somewhat different in Bulimia, though the family centered approach is essentially the same. With treatment broken down session by session, it becomes possible for for most clinicians with a family therapy background to deliver effective treatment to bulimic teenagers and their families - with minimal additional training.

As with with the anorexia manual, the approach is very prescriptive - from the initial "intense scene" where the therapist informs the parents that their child has a fair chance of dying unless they both take a leave of absence from work to personally supervize her meals - to the insistence the parents take charge of the patient's eating, compulsive exercising and purging - until she successfully frees herself from the spell bulimia holds over her.

As with anorexia, the second session always involves a picnic lunch the family brings to the office - enabling the therapist to "coach" the parents on getting their daughter to eat. This is followed by weekly visits to ensure the family is continuing to provide close supervision of dietary choices, meals, exercise and purging.

In treating bulimia the main focus is not weight restoration (often bulimic patients are sightly overweight), but ending the cycle of binging and purging (either via self-induced vomiting or laxative abuse). There also tend to be more co-occurring psychiatric conditions (most commonly depression and suicide ideation) with bulimia, which may need to be addressed first.

On average, it takes around 10 to 12 weeks for bulimic symtpoms to come under control. At that point the family enters Phase II, a 3-4 month transitional phase, during which the teenager resumes more control over her own eating and the family begins to work on autonomy issues (issues relating to the teenager separating and becoming independent from her parents). The latter tend to be more prominent in bulimic than anorexic patients.

Phase III consists of 3-4 sessions one month apart, during which the family and therapist practice problem solving around typical adolescent issues and develop a relapse prevention plan.

5-0 out of 5 stars got the goods
If your a parent with a bulimica child, this book has the insight to what you need.
Just to warn you, it is advanced stuff.You may need a dictionary and you may need to commmit a lot of time to get what you need out of this book-to help your child.But look, God made us to think and what could motivate us to learn even difficult things more than saving our own children.
Bulimia is serious and may lead to anorexia- which is potentially fatal.
Please be encouraged that there is help for your child, but not without a cost-you may need to work your brain really hard.
Studies have found that therapists treatment is less successful than a parents healthy involvement. ... Read more

12. Learning to Be Me: My Twenty-Three-Year Battle with Bulimia
by Jocelyn Golden
Paperback: 194 Pages (2007-05-25)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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“Having read many books on eating disorders, I am always inspired by ones that are written from a personal perspective. Learning To Be Me is so honest and bravely written. It offers readers immense hope, and I am already recommending it to some of my clients.”
—Andrea Wachter, coauthor of The Don’t Diet, Live-It! Workbook

Many women in the United States who suffer from eating disorders die from the diseases annually. Learning To Be Me: My Twenty-Three-Year Battle with Bulimia is one woman’s courageous battle to not become a statistic.

From violent self-abuse to feelings of despair as her cries for help went unanswered, author Jocelyn Golden’s Learning To Be Me chronicles her battle and ultimate victory over one of the most silent, misunderstood, and deadly eating disorders in America. With candor and wit, Golden recounts the miserable realities of living with bulimia for more than two decades and paints a vivid self-portrait of a woman obsessed with being thin.

An inspirational memoir about the search for strength, motivation, and support, Learning To Be Me illustrates the importance of self-love on the journey to healing.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Triggering to say the least
This book is NOT a book to be read by those struggling with EDs! One of the cardinal sins for successful intervention is that we must not discuss weight. Not only is this triggering to readers who may suffer from an ED - but EDs are NOT not only about food, but they are certainly not about weight or any other numbers for that matter.
It's fine to write a book about one's experiences with their eating disorders...it does help others feel a sense of universality - that they are not alone in this battle. However, there are very fine lines that must not be crossed due to the very fragile nature of the beast.
I strongly recommend that those of you who are experiencing disordered eating or a full blown eating disorder NOT read this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
As a counselor, my graduate education included a course on eating disorders; however, when I read this autobiography about a person suffering from Bulimia, the nightmare dimensions of this disorder became concrete. The author shares details of her daily pathological behaviors. I appreciated her candor and accuracy. I will certainly offer this book to others who may be experimenting with Bulimia. The Bulimic journey is so brutally self-destructive.

3-0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written
This book is honest but poorly written.The author details her childhood and battle with bulimia, but fails to provide much information about her recovery.The book is not well-written, as some people have suggested.It is obvious the author isn't really a writer.Beyond that, I was able to identify with her struggle, as I have struggled with bulimia for twenty years.After reading the book, I had the impression that the author wanted a pity party rather than to inspire others or help them overcome bulimia.If you or someone you love is bulimic, you may want to look elsewhere for a better book to help you through the recovery process.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
This book provides excellent insight into the psychological and emotional issues that drive anyone with an eating disorder. As the book eludes to, this disease is really not about food but rather the emotional and psychological issues the sufferer can't effectively cope with. If you wish to have a deeper understanding of the root of this disease I feel this book will help you greatly. As stated by earlier reviewers, this is not a self help or book about treatment. Treatment is covered albeit briefly at the end. Understanding the underlying causes of this disease provides one with a much better chance of a succesful outcome. This should be recommended reading for anyone dealing with or treating an eating disorder sufferer.

5-0 out of 5 stars An insightful and honest look into life with an eating disorder
This book is probably my favorite eating disorder memoir I've read (and I've read quite a few). I really felt like this book was written from a place of recovery. Instead of getting the sense of "look how sick I was!" (as I have gotten from many other memoirs), Golden seemed to genuinely want to help others recover. She even includes a list of alternatives to binging near the end of the book. I very impressed with the insight she she had gained from her hard work in therapy, and from the very beginning of the book, she intertwines her retrospective understanding of why she needed to engage in those behaviors with how she felt at the time. And her honesty and openness is amazing! I would recommend this book to both those struggling with and those in recovery from bulimia, as well as their friends and family. ... Read more

13. Bulimia: Hunger For Freedom
by Katie Gesto
Paperback: 208 Pages (2004-07-29)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Honest Hope
I read your book last week and it was very good!I was impressed not only with the undertaking of writing the book itself, but with the real, honest, open and straight forward way in which you talk about your struggles.It is an inspiration to anyone who struggles with an addiction of any kind.I don't often get to discuss bulimia with my patients because most young girls won't admit to it.But when I do find someone struggling with an eating disorder, especially if they are Christian, I will recommend that they read your book.Your personal journey of recovery, as the subtitle calls it, reads like a companion talking to the reader.I think this approach would be very helpful for a young person struggling to admit and accept their disorder to realize that it is a real problem, they are not crazy and there is hope.Thank you for the gift of sharing your story!I am certain many people will benefit from your courage.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful story
The author's story is powerful.Her struggling from the depths of despair and self-loathing to confidence and being able to help others is inspirational.Any man or woman fighting against an eating disorder should gain hope, strength and "techniques" for survival from this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars amazing insights!
I have struggled with an eating disorder for a long time and read many books on it, but this one really broke through to the core of my being.I'm going to read it over and over.It gave me a lot of hope and I think it'd help anyone with not only any addiction but just whoever is struggling to grow closer to God amidst life's "stuff". ... Read more

14. Overcoming Eating Disorders: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach for Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating Disorder Therapist Guide (Treatments That Work)
by W. Stewart Agras, Robin F. Apple
Paperback: 144 Pages (2007-09-14)
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Asin: 0195311698
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The Overcoming Eating Disorders, Second Edition program addresses the cognitive-behavioral treatment of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. CBT has been proven the most effective treatment for helping patients improve their eating habits and overcome their disorder.

The treatment described is divided into three overlapping phases: behavior change, identifying binge triggers, and relapse prevention.The main focus of the program is the normalization of eating. Patients use self-monitoring forms to track their eating habits on a daily basis while they work toward establishing a pattern of 3 meals and 2 snacks per day eaten at regular intervals. Once a regular pattern of eating has been established, patients move on to recognizing and eliminating their triggers for binging and purging. CBT techniques like problem-solving and cognitive restructuring help patients deal with negative mood states, faulty interpersonal interactions, and errors in thinking. The final phase of treatment consists of a review of the positive changes that have occurred during treatment, as well as a discussion of any residual problems and ways to handle setbacks or lapses. Homework exercises are assigned at each session and play an important role in keeping patients motivated throughout the duration of treatment.

This newly revised and updated Therapist Guide includes expanded information regarding weight and shape concerns and an entirely new chapter on adapting the treatment for use as a time-limited, therapist-assisted self-help program.Complete with step-by-step instructions for delivering the treatment, this guide is an indispensable resource that no clinician can do without.

TreatmentsThatWorkTM represents the gold standard of behavioral healthcare interventions!

·All programs have been rigorously tested in clinical trials and are backed by years of research

·A prestigious scientific advisory board, led by series Editor-In-Chief David H. Barlow, reviews and evaluates each intervention to ensure that it meets the highest standard of evidence so you can be confident that you are using the most effective treatment available to date

·Our books are reliable and effective and make it easy for you to provide your clients with the best care available

·Our corresponding workbooks contain psychoeducational information, forms and worksheets, and homework assignments to keep clients engaged and motivated

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5-0 out of 5 stars CBTBN
I love this book. It enabled me to ask the hard questions about bulemia and to work in a way that have been evidence based, rather that making it up as i went along. It helped me gain confidence in working with those with bulemia, using a CBT approach. Using the workbook enabled my client to work towards discharge and a beter future. Thanks!! ... Read more

15. Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery - Understanding and Overcoming the Binge-Purge Syndrome
by Lindsey Hall, Leigh Cohn
 Paperback: 159 Pages (1986)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Two Week Program to Stop Binging
Lindsey Hall cured herself after nine years of bulimia. Her books have helped thousands of bulimics in their own recoveries. They are used in more than 750 colleges and by 4000 professionals who treat eating disorders.

This book includes:
* Insight from 217 recovered and recovering bulimics
* Answers to questions most often asked about bulimia
* Lindsey's own inspiring story, Eat Without Fear
* Things to do instead of binging
* A "Guide for Support Groups"
* Specific Advice for Loved-Ones
* "A Two-Week Program to Stop Binging"
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16. Overcoming Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
by Peter Cooper
Paperback: 256 Pages (2010-01-05)
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The proactive CBT approach to controlling the self-destructive behaviors of bulimia nervosa and binge-eating.

The accessible and straightforward books in the Overcoming Series treat disorders by changing unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is internationally favored as a practical means of overcoming longstanding and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical. The books in the series outline affordable and easy-to-follow treatment plans, and have provided tens of thousands of readers with the help they need to lead happier lives. This positive, pragmatic approach is popular with therapists and patients alike.

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17. Appetite for Life: Inspiring Stories of Recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, and Compulsive Overeating
by Margie Ryerson
Paperback: 130 Pages (2005-07-22)
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Asin: 059534755X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Appetite for Life is a breakthrough in the field of eating disorders and for those who suffer from them. Through real-life stories of inspiration and recovery, Margie Ryerson’s fresh, effective approach proves that it is possible to triumph over eating disorders and live a healthy, happy life. Not only will I use Margie’s powerful examples in my own practice, I will also recommend her book to all my clients, their families, and all the eating disorder professionals I know.”
—Debra Waterhouse MPH, RD, best-selling author of Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell and Outsmarting the Mother/Daughter Food Trap

Appetite for Life shares the true stories of healing and hope from seven survivors of eating disorders and chronicles their journeys toward health and inner peace.

Author Margie Ryerson, a marriage and family therapist, brings over twenty years of professional experience in helping individuals and their families recover from the devastation of anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating. Helpful topics include:

  • What to do if you or someone you love has an eating disorder
  • How to overcome guilt and shame
  • How to find the best treatment and support

Appetite for Life offers compassion, support, and practical advice not only to those who suffer from eating disorders, but also to their loved ones.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and Excellent
I'm 18 years old and suffer from anorexia. I am currently in the process of recovering. I really enjoyed reading this book because it gave me hope that I can recover. There were also some very useful tips and suggestions mentioned. However, my only qualm is the fact that more than one of the stories focused on how having children saved the eating disorder sufferer's life. I can appreciate this and while it's a very valid point, it is not a tool I can currently use. I only wish there were more examples in regards to how people found a life outside of their abusive relationships with food.

If you struggle with an eating disorder, I would HIGHLY recommend "Appetite for Life."

3-0 out of 5 stars A decent overview of eating disorders
As an eating disorder counselor, I've worked with over two thousand women with eating disorders at an inpatient treatment facility.This book gives a good overview of what an eating disorder is, what it can do to a life, and the great changes that come with recovery.But it is just that, an overview.Because the stories are short, they cannot paint a deep picture of who these people (in the book) are, or the true self-destructive nature of eating disorders.This book is inspiring in that you will read about several people who have made significant changes in their lives for the better, but you will not come away with a particularly deep understanding of the diseases.This is a good book to read if you are hopeless about your own eating disorder, but not if you want to learn about eating disorders overall.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Approach
I was very impressed with this book. I found that I could not even put it down! There is something wonderful about reading a book that focuses on people's lives and how they overcame terrible situations. "Appetite for Life" approaches eating disorders from a different angle, and I have already told all my friends, especially those with young daughters, to read it!

5-0 out of 5 stars "Interesting and Educational"
"Appetite for Life" is one of the most interesting books that I have read on the subject of eating disorders. Reading about seven people and their experiences made the problem much more understandable than just a regular how-to book. I like how the author combines these stories and examples from her therapy practice. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about eating disorders.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heart, Hope and really good information....
Having gone through my own recovery from compulsive overeating, I have found that books on this topic have often been either over-simplified and condescending, or complex and intimidating.Personal memoirs have been either overly dramatic and maudlin, or saccharinly sweet.Ryerson's compilation of stories is refreshingly free of all of these extremes.She adds clear prose and heartful insights to her clients' stories, so that the book reflects a tone of partnership, the kind of thing all of us could use when grappling with this topic:We're not alone, even when we might feel alone."Appetite for Life" did indeed inspire me - to keep on keeping on with my recovery, and in the process, I was moved to tears, smiles and some of my own insights about myself. This is the kind of book that would be great to read even if you're not a recovering addict - but want to be informed, and read some plain-ole-good stories while doing so.And what a gift this book will be for friends and family members still struggling. ... Read more

18. Bulimia (At Issue Series)
by Adriane Ruggiero
Paperback: 128 Pages (2007-11-30)
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19. Treating Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating: An Integrated Metacognitive and Cognitive Therapy Manual
by Myra Cooper, Gillian Todd, Adrian Wells
Hardcover: 264 Pages (2008-10-15)
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Treating Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating explains how cognitive therapy can be used to treat those suffering from bulimia nervosa. The manual provides a step-by-step treatment guide, incorporating a number of case examples offering detailed explanations of the treatment process, questionnaires, worksheets and practical exercises for the client, which will provide a framework and focus for therapy. The authors use existing techniques, as well as new integrated cognitive and metacognitive methods developed from their recent research, to take the therapist from initial assessment to the end of treatment and beyond, with chapters covering:

  • engagement and motivation
  • case formulation and socialisation
  • detached mindfulness strategies
  • positive and negative beliefs.

This practical guide will allow those treating patients with bulimia nervosa to take advantage of recent developments in the field and will be an essential tool for all therapists working with this eating disorder.

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20. Overcoming Eating Disorders: A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating Disorder: Client Workbook
by Robin F. Apple, W. Stewart Agras
Paperback: Pages (2000-07)
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Patients are guided to objectively observe their own eating patterns, including contexts in which problematic eating takes place. Through careful education, patients are guided toward normalizing their eating patterns as a way of breaking the deprivation/binge cycle. Alternative pleasurable activities to problematic eating are explored. Patients are encouraged to explore problematic thoughts associated with binge-eating and purging and taught to challenge these thoughts. Beliefs and expectations about weight and body image are explored and gently challenged through discussion within a sociocultural context. Specific plans are made for maintenance of benefits from treatment.

Key Features
* Through the 20 session program clients learn:
* To objectively observe their own eating patterns and the contexts in which problematic eating takes place
* About eating disorders and behavioral self-observation techniques
* To normalize their eating patterns in order to break the deprivation/binge cycle ... Read more

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