"With this second edition, the author, a recovered anorexic, draws upon her own experience with the disorder and with treatment, and has combined this with extensive research to produce a comprehensive account of the symptoms, causes and treatments of anorexia nervosa. It includes a directory of organizations for treatment of eating disorders and resources for information and referral"--Provided by publisher.
For patients and their families, Rumney, a marriage and family therapist, eating disorder specialist, and interventionist who is also a recovered anorexic, weaves descriptions of her own experiences with research on the symptoms, causes, and treatments of anorexia. She explains what the central task of recovery is--to develop the self--and describes the origins and characteristics of anorexia and accompanying disorders like bulimia, depression, and body dysmorphic disorder, including different therapies such as psychotherapy, experiential modalities, psychopharmacology, family therapy, and 12-step programs. The final chapter covers intervention. This edition has been updated to incorporate recent treatment directions over the past 25 years, a revised directory of organizations, and more about her personal story and experiences as a practicing therapist. A list of treatment centers is included. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)