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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Revised edition (January 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060952334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060952334
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,505,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Siegel and Brisman are founders of Bulimia Treatment Associates; Weinshel is on the faculty of the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy, both facilities in New York City. These psychologists here offer counsel on bulimia, anorexia and/or compulsive overeating. The text concentrates on women who binge and vomit or starve themselves, primarily female aberrations, and discusses gourmands, mostly male. Starting with case histories that posit family experiences as the root of bizarre eating, the authors progress to information on how to recognize symptoms of disorder and how to help the sufferers. Victims must face their illnesses squarely, the first step on the long road to recovery, stress the authors. "Don't go it alone," they add, appending a list of organizations that provide information on professional help.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Michele Siegel died in 1993.

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
This was the only book I have found over the last 4-5 years that was helpful to the mother, father, other family members who are living with a person with an eating disorder. The book gives examples, situations and background on the things to look for, how to go about talking with the person, helping/hindering the road to recovery and how to carry on with our own lives at the same time. It was recommended to me by a friend, another mother, who has a daughter also with anexoria/bulimia. She had found the earlier edition the most useful reading & I was unable to locate that book. I feel it was a blessing to come upon the revised edition. I have read it over and over & referred to particular parts on an ongoing basis. I have just ordered the book again for, unfortunately, another mother dealing with a similar situation. Thank you so much for giving me strength and real black and white strategies, especially teaching me I can't do it for the person and we must continue to support her while living our lives in a healthy way.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 1998
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For family and friends facing the terrible problem of dealing with a loved one suffering an eating disorder, this book has become the standard resource. It offers easy to read well researched etirely practical advice. It can lead people out of the abyss of helplessness in which they often find themselves when confronted with the terrifying and often lifethreatening reality of an eating disorder. People will turn to this book again and again until they have helped their loved one overcome this terrible problem
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 1999
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This book was recommended by the clinic where my daughter was treated for bulimea. I found the book to be clear, helpful, well written and wholly sensitive to a mother's needs. Anyone who has dealt with a person with eating disorders would find this a God send! It helped my family, so I recommend it for yours.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 2001
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This is a good book designed for the friends and family of eating disorder sufferers. Before I gave this book to my familiy, I read it myself. I liked that the authors suggested therapy/counseling for friends and family, who can sometimes feel helpless watching their loved one suffer with an eating disorder. There was also a lot of focus on parents. That's good for many, but my family is not a problem in my case. When I gave this book to my family, I told them to ignore that chapter since it did not pertain to us. The information provided within the book helped my family understand what I'm going through, and for that I am thankful. I didn't know how to get the words out to explain the eating disorder. This book helped me tell my family of my disorder.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie potter on November 24, 2001
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The quality and truth of this book shocked me. It talked of experiences in the exact way that I myself would explain them, except with a professional yet warm perspective. I could not put it down from the moment I started it. I would recommend this book to people going through such trauma as well as people looking for inspirational and enlightening reading material.
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25 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Janet Morris on February 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
I got this book without reading the subtitle (Strategies for Family and Friends). I thought it might help me with Binge-Eating problems. It didn't. In fact, I got very bored. It was sickeningly boring and only discussed how to handle things if you weren't really all that involved.
First of all, it's my experience with any kind of mental health problem that you can't give a person help if they don't want the help. They have to make a conscious effort to choose to get help. This book somewhat bypasses this whole thing.
Second, it states what you typically see in an Anorexic -- loss of weight, not eating, etc. Okay, who doesn't know this? If you didn't know this, then you probably wouldn't be picking up the book in the first place.
I really don't think this book would be helpful if I had a friend or family member with an eating disorder. It's very unhelpful in my personal opinion.
Skip this book!
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