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If you are a survivor, please be careful in reading the information compiled here. It is impossible to give information on ritual abuse, and about people's opinions about ritual abuse, in a way that is not upsetting and/or triggering. Only you know how much is wise to read, and how much information you can absorb at one time.

Eating Disorders

Selected websites

Anna Paterson. Anna suffered extreme emotional abuse from her grandmother and developed life-thretening anorexia in an effort to become invisible. She shares her story of suffering and recovery. http://www.annapaterson.com/

Eating Disorders Resource Catalog. For men, women, families and professionals. A comprehensive site listing treatment centers, therapists, support groups, organizations, conferences and events, hundreds of books and articles, and archives of information on various eating disorder issues. Free catalog of resources and free newsletter. http://www.edcatalogue.com/

National Eating Disorders Association. Resources for clients, health care professionals, famililes. Hotline and referrals to therapists. Thirty-eight downloadable books. http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

Something Fishy: Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia and Compulsive Overeating. (also in French and Spanish) A great many resources, constantly updated. http://www.something-fishy.org/

Selected books

Canter, Sheryl. (2009) Normal eating for normal weight: The path to freedom from weight obsession and food cravings. Permutations Software, NY, NY.
NOTE: From the publisher: "Normal Eating is a uniquely effective step-by-step program to free people from compulsive urges and emotional eating. It draws from the Zen principle of mindfulness, 12-step wisdom on addiction, intuitive eating (the non-diet approach), cognitive psychology, and solid nutrition."
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Cash, Thomas F. and Smolak, Linda. (2011) Body image, second edition: A handbook of science, practice, and prevention. Guilford Press, NY, NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: PART I. CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS: – Understanding Body Images: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives – Sociocultural Perspectives on Human Appearance and Body Image – Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Appearance – Genetic and Neuroscientific Perspectives on Body Image – Cognitive-Behavioral Perspectives on Body Image – Feminist Perspectives on Body Image – Positive Psychology Perspectives on Body Image – PART II. DEVELOPMENTAL PERSPECTIVES AND INFLUENCES: – Body Image Development in Childhood – Body Image Development in Adolescent Girls – Body Image Development in Adolescent Boys – Body Image Development in Adulthood – Media Influences on Body Image – Interpersonal and Familial Influences on the Development of Body Image – Sexual Abuse and Body Image – PART III. BODY IMAGE ASSESSMENT: – Crucial Consideration in the Assessment of Body Image – Body Image Assessment of Children – Perceptual Measures of Body Image for Adolescents and Adults– Attitudinal Assessment of Body Image efor Adolescents and Adults – PART IV. INDIVIDUAL AND CULTURAL DIFFERENCES: – Gender and Body Images – Obesity and Body Image in Youth – Obesity and Body Image in Adulthood – Body Image and Muscularity – Body Image and Athleticism – Gay and Lesbian Body Images – African American Body Images – Asian American Body Images – Hispanic/Latino Body Images – Body Images in Non-Western Cultures – Body Image and Congenital Conditions Resulting in Visible Difference – PART V. BODY IMAGE DYSFUNCTIONS AND DISORDERS: – Body Image and Social Functioning – Body Image and Sexual Functioning – Body Image and Anorexia Nervosa – Body Image and Bulimia Nervosa – Body Image and Binge-Eating Disorder – Body Image and Body Dysmorphic Disorder – Body Image and Appearance-and Performance-Enhancing Drug Use – PART VI. BODY IMAGE ISSUES IN MEDICAL CONTEXTS: – Body Image Issues in Dermatology – Body Image Issues in Oncology – Body Image in Obstetrics and Gynecology – Body Image Issues in Rheumatology – Body Image Issues Associated with Burn Injuries – PART VII. CHANGING THE BODY: MEDICAL, SURGICAL, AND OTHER APPROACHES: – Weight Loss and Changes in Body Image– Exercise and Changes in Body Image – Body Art and Body Image – Cosmetic Surgery and Changes in Body Image – Body Image and Biomedical Interventions for Disfiguring Conditions – PART VIII. CHANGING BODY IMAGES: PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS FOR TREATMENT AND PREVENTION: – Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Body Image Change – Experiential Approaches to Body Image Change – School-Based Psychoeducational Approaches to Prevention – Computer-Based Approaches to Prevention – Ecological and Activism Approaches to Prevention – Public Policy Approaches to Prevention – Future Challenges for Body Image Science, Practice, and Prevention
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Golden, Jocelyn. (2012) 50 Strategies to Sustain Recovery From Bulimia. Living as You, Vienna, VA.
NOTE: From the publisher: "Jocelyn Golden, who suffered from bulimia for over twenty three years shares the practical strategies she has employed to ensure she sustains her recovery. These simple to use tools have profound, life-changing impact and help those in recovery build positive, fulfilling relationships with themselves and the world around them. Jocelyn's message of self-empowerment and the detailed action steps needed to achieve it will prove truly transformational to those with a willingness to embrace change."
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Heiderscheit, Annie, Ed. (2016) Creative arts therapies and clients with eating disorders. Jessica Kingsley, London, England.
NOTE: Different chapters focus on art, music, dance, poetry, DBT and art therapy, internal family systems and drama therapy and guided imagery. Residential, inpatient, intensive outpatient, and outpatient setting for adolescents and adults are included. There are case vignettes and illustrations for most of the chapters.
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Hinz,
Lisa D. (2006) Drawing from within: Using art to treat eating disorders.  Jessica Kingsley, London, England.
NOTE: From the publisher: “Lisa D. Hinz outlines the areas around which the therapist can design effective treatment programmes, covering family influences, body image, self-acceptance, problem solving and spirituality. Each area is discussed in a separate chapter and is accompanied by suggestions for exercises, with advice on materials to use and how to implement them. Case examples show how a therapy programme can be tailored to the individual client and photographs of client artwork illustrate the text throughout.” The exercises are suitable for people suffering from an eating disorder.
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Jacobson-Levy, Mindy and Foy-Tornay, Maureen. (2011) Finding your voice through creativity: The art and journaling workbook for disordered eating. Gurze Books, Carlsbad, CA.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Let's Be Selfish For A Minute – Opening Your Heart – Emotional Armor – Finding Your Voice – Are You Hungry? – Panning For Gold – Trying On A Different Hat – Barriers To Healing – Problem Solving – Permission To Love Yourself – Creating A New Path
NOTE: From the publisher: "Readers are encouraged to draw, write, and create directly in the book. These images, symbols, and journal entries then become a ''personal signature'' that can be accessed and explored to resolve any obstacles to emotional well - being. Included are fifty-eight expressive art projects and corresponding written exercises, which lead readers through specific stages of self - discovery related to disordered eating patterns, body image issues, relationships, life skills, emotions, self love, and personal transformation."
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Koenig, Karen R. (2011) The food and feelings workbook: A full course meal on emotional health. Gurze Books, Carlsbad, CA.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: The Function of Feelings – Fear of Feelings – Feelings, Not Food – The Seven Most Difficult Feelings for Disordered Eaters – Guilt – Shame – Helplessness – Anxiety – Disappointment – Confusion – Loneliness – Freeing Your Feelings – Triggers to Intense Feelings and Disordered Eating – Feeling Your Way to Happiness, Health, and a Natural Body Weight
NOTE: From the publisher: "Each chapter has two sets of exercises: experiential exercises that relate to emotions and eating, and questionnaires that provoke thinking about and understanding feelings and their purpose. Supplemental pages help readers identify emotions and chart emotional development. The final part of the workbook focuses on strategies for disconnecting feeling from food, discovering emotional triggers, and using one's feelings to get what one wants out of life."
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Levitt, John L., Sansone, Randy A.. and Cohn, Leigh, Eds. (2004) Self-harm behavior and eating disorders: Dynamics, assessment, and treatment. Brunner-Routledge, NY, NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction - Epidemiology - The Prevalence of Self-Harm Behavior Among Those with Eating Disorders - Dying to Live: Eating Disorders and Self-Harm Behavior in a Cultural Context - Psychodynamics - Impulsive and Compulsive Self-Injurious Behavior and Eating Disorders: an Epidemiological Study - Self-Harm and Suicide Attempts in Bulimia Nervosa - Feminist Perspectives on Self-Harm Behavior and Eating Disorders Assessment - Assessment Tools: Eating Disorder Symptoms and Self-Harm Behavior - An Assessment Tool for Self-Injury: the Self-Injury Self-Report Inventory (Sisri) Treatment - An Overview of Psychotherapy Strategies for the Management of Self-Harm Behavior - Therapy-Related Assessment of Self-Harming Behavior in Patients with Eating Disorders: a Case Illustration - 1 Dialectical Behavior Therapy Strategies in the Management of Self-Harm Behavior in Patients with Eating Disorders - : An Integrative Cognitive Therapy Approach to the Treatment of Multi-Impulsive Bulimia Nervosa - Eclectic Treatment of Eating Disorders and Self-Injury: a Case Illustration - 1Interventions and Strategies for Families and Friends of the Self-Harming Patient with an Eating Disorder - A Self-Regulatory Approach to the Treatment of Eating Disorders and Self-Injury - Group Therapy Approaches to the Treatment of Eating Disorders and Self-Injury
NOTE: Self-harm behaviors such as burning, cutting or abrading oneself are common in individuals with eating disorders. This book examines the co-occurrence of self-harm behavior and eating disorders from a variety of perspectives -- cross-cultural factors, the complications caused when a patient suffers from other disorders, and the efficacy of various treatment programs.
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Mitchell, James E. and Peterson, Carol B. (2012) Assessment of eating disorders. Guilford Press, NY, NY and London, England.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: - 1: Diagnostic Issues - 2: The Classification of Eating Disorders - 3: Conducting the Diagnostic Interview - 4: A Standardized Database - 5: Structured Instruments - 6: Self-Report Measures - 7: Medical Assessment - 8: Nutritional Assessment - 9: Family Assessment - 10: Assessment of Body Image Disturbance - 11: Ecological Momentary Assessment - 12: Treatment Planning
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Samelson, Doreen A. (2009) Feeding the starving mind: A personalized, comprehensive approach to overcoming anorexia and other starvation eating disorders. New Harbinger Pub., Oakland, CA
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Stage I Education: – What is a Starvation Eating Disorder? – The Starving Body – The Starving Brain – How Did I Get This Way? – Fear: Obsessive Thinking and Compulsive Behaviors – Stage II Getting ready: – Making a Commitment to Opposite Action – Who's on Your Team: Health Care Providers and Nonprofessional Coaches – Treatment Components – Stage III Getting Well: – Eating Disorders and Self Harm: Minimizing Health Risks – Restoring Your Health with Food: the First four Phases – Restoring Your Heath with Food: Phases 5 and 6 – Cognitive Therapy: Changing Your Thinking – Challenging Core Anxiety – Stage IV Staying Healthy and Building a Life Beyond a Starvation Eating Disorder: – Relapse Prevention: Maintaining a Healthy Weight – Building a Life Without a Starvation Eating Disorder
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Sandoz, Emily K., Wilson, Kelly G. and Dufrene, Troy. (2010) Acceptance and committment therapy for EDs: A process-focused guide to treating anorexia and bulimia. New Harbinger Pub., Oakland, CA.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction: New Perspectives on the Treatment of Disordered Eating – Part 1 Foundations of ACT: – What is ACT? – What Are Eating Disorders? – Where Do Eating Disorders Come From and How Do They Work? – The Goals and Targets of ACT for Eating Disorders – Part 2 Delving into ACT: – Training Present-Moment Focus – Training Cognitive Defusion – Training Experiential Acceptance – Training Transcendent Self-Awareness – Training Valued Living – Training Committed Action – Measuring and Making Change – Part 3 Sample Protocol (What This Work Might Look Like): Phase 1: Choosing Direction – Phase 2: Building Flexibility in the Therapy Session – Phase 3: Bringing Flexibility to Bear in Your Life – Conclusion – What Now? Integration and Reconceptualization: Appendices: A – Body Image – Acceptance and Action Questionnaire – Process Notes – Template For Assessment Plan – Template for Self-Monitoring Food Diary – Blank Hexaflex – Example Narrative Conceptualization
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Treasure, Janet, Smith, Gráinne, and Crane, Anna. (2007) Skills-based learning for caring for a loved one with an eating disorder: The new Maudsley method. Routledge, London, England and NY, NY.
NOTE: From the publisher: “Through a coordinated approach, this book offers information alongside detailed techniques and strategies, which aim to improve professionals' and home carers' ability to build continuity and consistency of support for their loved ones. The authors use evidence-based research and personal experience, as well as practical support skills, to advise the reader on a number of difficult areas in caring for someone with an eating disorder. These include:
working towards positive change through good communications skills
developing problem solving skills
building resilience
managing difficult behaviour.”
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Vanderlinden, Johan and Vandereycken, Walter. (1997) Trauma, dissociation, and impulse dyscontrol in eating disorders. Brunner/Mazel, Philadelphia, PA.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Trauma history and dissociative experiences - The link between trauma and dissociative experiences - Impulse Dyscontrol - Multidimensional assessment - Regaining self-control - Using hypnotherapeutic techniques - The place of the family - Risks, complications, and pitfalls - Appendices - References and readings
NOTE: From the publisher: "...presents the latest in theory, assessment, and treatment of traumatic and dissociation experiences coupled with eating disorders. Many examples and practical guidelines are given throughout the book about assessment and treatment. Original research findings, extensive case vignettes, detailed therapeutic guidelines, a full copy of several new questionnaires, and a complete list of references on the subject are also included." 
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updated 6/2016

 

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