Anorexia and all eating disorders alike affect fundamental relationships between individuals and their bodies. This book portrays the eternal pain of the anorexic mind. Marilyn Lawrence traces the psychological origins of anorexia and discusses the fallacy of the ideal weight, size and shape that some women in anguish may compulsively seek.
She also discusses current treatments and therapies to help the individual recognize anorexia and recover from it. From her viewpoint treating anorexia in medical modern practice is more than curing eating disorders; it has become a foray into uncharted psychological and emotional areas.
"The Anorexic Mind" is unique; eye-opening and essential reading for those wishing to understand the life difficulties of women who suffer from eating disorders, but also a guide for those wishing to tackle the conflicts that underpin anorexia.
This is a wise and profound approach to women’s psychology and relationship both towards their body and eating habits. Offering new perspectives this is a recommended book for the general public, practitioners and their students.
Marilyn Lawrence worked with anorexic women in the National Health Service in 1974, and later set up a voluntary counseling service for them and their families in Leeds. She now works at the Tavistock Clinic in London as a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Social Work and as a psychotherapist in private practice. She is the author and editor of several books, including "Fed up and Hungry: Women, Oppression and Food" and "The Anorexic Experience".