Recovering sufferers of Anorexia Nervosa describe in their own words their personal experiences of this illness, providing not only support for fellow sufferers but also invaluable insights for the families of sufferers and for carers and professionals. In each case the contributors describe: * the progression of their illness * the effect on their families * the treatment they received and its effectiveness * their perceived reasons for developing the illness * where they are now.
Rosemary Shelley is a recovered anorexic now supporting other sufferers. She runs an eating disorder support network, providing postal support to members, and is training to be a counsellor/psychotherapist. She has a Diploma in Advanced Psychotherapy and is currently taking a Higher International Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology and Advanced Psychotherapy with The European College of Adult Correspondence Training, while writing part-time.
Acknowledgements. Dedicated: In Memory of Catherine. Introduction. 1.Anorexic Anger. 2.The Safety and Secrecy of the Anorexic World. 3.The Anorexic Child. 4.The Primitive Days of Anorexia Nervosa. 5.Anorexic Hell. 6.Anorexia - A Male Perspective. 7.Starving Out of Shame. 8.Addicted to Food. 9.From Simple Dieting to Chronic Anorexia. 10.The Physical Consequences of a Mental Illness. 11.The Alcoholic Parent. 12.Shrieking, Crying and Insane Laughter. 13.Anorexia and the Power of the Mind. 14. 'The Problem Child'. 15.Food, Tablets, Blades and Drink. 16.A Case of Denial or a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? 17.Anorexia, My Only Friend. 18.The Day 'Tomorrow' Came. 19.My Life in a Chapter. List of Contacts.
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