Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder

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Guilford Publications, 2005 - Psychology - 296 pages
Always harmful and potentially deadly, eating disorders can wreak havoc on families. Unfortunately, the same can often be said of their treatment: blaming parents for the illness, many eating disorder programs exclude parents and widen the rift in an already shattered family. This powerful and controversial book by top researchers James Lock and Daniel le Grange argues that parents are not the culprits but the key to their teen's recovery. Based on new research, Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder shows how parents can break the disorder's control over their child's mind and re-establish normal eating and family relations. The odds for full recovery drop precipitously if treatment is delayed. A radically important wake up call, this book urges parents to act now.

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This book is essential reading for all parents and professionals dealing with eating disorders. It is factual and stresses the need for action and then gives the tools needed to take action. As a medical doctor and a mother of a child with anorexia I have found it enormously helpful both personally and professionally.
It is fantastic for people with no previous experience with eating disorders and it is very easy to read . It is vital for both parents to read in order to make sense of this baffling and frightening disease . It is very much a manual for both parents to use together .Five stars.

About the author (2005)

James Lock, MD, PhD, is Professor of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program. Dr. Lock has received numerous awards for his research on eating disorders and has published several books for professionals in collaboration with Daniel Le Grange. He is committed to providing evidence-based treatments to children, adolescents, and their families.

Daniel Le Grange, PhD, is the Benioff UCSF Professor in Children’s Health in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Joint Director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of California, San Francisco. He is Emeritus Professor at the University of Chicago, where he was Director of the Eating Disorders Program until 2014. An award-winning researcher, Dr. Le Grange was a member of the team at the Maudsley Hospital in London that developed family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa. Over his career, he has treated hundreds of adolescents and families struggling with eating disorders.

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