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Anorexia and other Eating Disorders: how to help your child eat well and be well: Practical solutions, compassionate communication tools and emotional support for parents of children and teenagers Paperback – October 4, 2014
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"Your book is packed with helpful information for parents and has been brilliant for my patients and for our team. The book and video can help to sustain the family until we meet them again. I also show the video in multi-family groups and in teaching the Maudsley approach to other professionals around the country."
Esther Blessitt, Senior Systemic Psychotherapist, writing on behalf of the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Service (CAMHS), Maudsley Hospital, London.
"This is amazing! I am truly gobsmacked. I have devoured (!) the excellent chapter on helping your child to eat, with the superb bungee jumping analogy. I'd like to share it with our carers' group. If I am invited to review your book for any of the journals you may be sure I will give it a very positive review."
Dr E Jane B Morris, Consultant Psychiatrist, The Eden Unit for eating disorders, Royal Cornhill NHS Hospital, Aberdeen and Chair of the Scottish Eating Disorders Interest Group (SEDIG)
"As a team dedicated to family based treatment, we have been really impressed by the information and support in your book and frequently recommend it to parents and carers of the young people we treat."
"Compelling and heartening ... A highly readable volume that offers practical solutions for parents ... Therapists and other clinicians can learn from this book - about how we might better help families to understand dilemmas and develop possiblesolutions"
James Lock, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Director of the Eating Disorder Program at Stanford University School of Medicine
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About the Author
Eva Musby's daughter was hit by anorexia when she was ten years old. She was hospitalised for a year, and on her return home Eva Musby pieced together a wealth of practical and emotional tools to effectively support her recovery. This approach is in line with family-based treatment, one of the very few evidence-based approaches for the treatment of eating disorders.
Eva Musby's work for the parents of children with an eating disorder rests on years of personal experience, is informed by research, and supported by a network of parents and professionals across the world.
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My only regret is that I did t buy it sooner. Ms. Musby is the voice of calm reason, encouragement, and support through every chapter.
When I first suspected my daughter had an ED, I read the reviews here and purchased this book but also checked out a few others from the library. They were a waste of my time.
My daughter just spent weeks at a traditional Eating Disorder Ctr. but I have pulled her out to take her to a center that implements the Maudsley Method, which Ms. Musby clearly explains in her book.
I have read the book but continue to turn to it when our situation starts to feel hopeless. I read a few chapters and get right back on course, feeling strengthened and renewed.
I wish I could personally thank the author for sharing her painful experiences with her own daughter, and for opening my eyes to Family Based Treatment. Traditional treatment didn't seem at all logical to me and certainly wasn't helping my teenager. I know we have a long road ahead, but I also know now we are on the right course.
In those awful, hopeless moments when it felt like the demons from Hell were building an insurmountable wall between me and the pride and joy of my house, Eva's book gave me solace and hope and direction. When my kid was making the slow transition from hospitalization to full-time at-home and she would flat-out refuse to eat, I wanted to scream "JUST EAT!!!!!," but instead I would revert to the wisdom in Eva's book and, ultimately, all would be well.
That's not to say it was an easy path or one that I would wish on any one. But that is to say that Eva's book smoothed the way a little.
Once, when feeding my girl hamburger and fries, she played with the food and played with the food, moving fries to the right, moving them to the left. Suddenly, she picked up a fry and stuck it, straight up, into the hamburger bun. My inclination was to tell her to stop. Eva's understanding of this horrible disease and the way she conveys it in this book inspired me to wait in that instant. To hold my tongue, To get in touch with myself. So I did. I sensed my helplessness. I sensed my frustration. I realized this is what my kid must be feeling, too. So, I took my own fry and stuck one in my bun to see what that it felt like. It felt better. And guess what? My kid smiled at me. We had connected! Instantly, all the tension in the room was gone. Life was fun. And a few more fries from each of us in the top of our buns, and shortly, all was in our stomachs. Without this book, who knows what would've happened that night. I only know what did happen and why it happened.
Eva's sweat, toil, thoughts, words, wisdom and experience -- as well as those of her own daughter -- are primary reasons my kid is in recovery and has remained so for the last 13 months as of this writing. They are a primary reason I am still sane and, in fact, growing as a human. There's not a day that goes by that I don't internally thank my lucky stars for Eva and this book.