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. Practical advice and real-life examples reinforce attitudes and offer encouragement. Discover that it is possible to overcome the disorder and live a happier, more fulfilling life.
Through their cutting-edge research at the internationally renown Toronto Hospital Eating Disorders Programme, the authors of The Overcoming Bulimia Workbook have developed a step-by-step program for recovery whose efficacy has been proven in clinical trials. The authors empower bulimia suffers to take control of their lives, not only by providing information and advice, but by giving them a personalized format with which they can put these new behavior changes into practice—a process that is critically important for lasting recovery.
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.
About the Authors:
Randi E. McCabe, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She worked for several years at the Toronto Hospital Eating Disorders Programme. She has presented at the Eating Disorder Research Society. She also maintains a private practice, specializing in eating disorders.
Traci L. McFarlane, Ph.D., is a staff psychologist at the Toronto Hospital Eating Disorders Programme and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She is also a CBT therapist on an NIMH multimillion-dollar study for preventing relapse in anorexia nervosa, conducted jointly by the University of Toronto and Columbia University.
Marion P. Olmsted, Ph.D., is director of the Ambulatory Care for the Eating Disorders Programme at Toronto Hospital and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She is also a CBT therapist on an NIMH multi-million dollar study for preventing relapse in anorexia nervosa, conducted jointly by the University of Toronto and Columbia University.
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