Biographical Books

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in Clinical Practice (Dimeff & Koerner)
Originally developed to treat suicidal individuals with borderline personality disorder, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) has since been adapted to a range of settings and populations. This book brings together leading experts to describe how to set up a DBT program and implement this cost-effective, evidence-based treatment with adults, adolescents, couples and families, and
forensic clients. Applications are presented for depression, substance dependence, eating disorders, psychosis, suicidal and assaultive behaviours, and other complex, difficult-to-treat problems. Each chapter has been rigorously reviewed for both real-world practical utility and adherence to DBT principles. Special features include over a dozen reproducible worksheets and forms.

Becoming John:Anorexia's Not Just For Girls (Evans)
In this book, John Evans uses his in-patient diary and detailed life story to unravel the events and circumstances that saw him turn to anorexia nervosa
for the acceptance and safety that he had failed to find anywhere else. Anyone touched by eating disorders in any way will find valuable insights within John's story, as well as snatches of hope in the way that John has begun to turn his life around. 
Anorexia doesn't care if you're male or female. All it needs is your mind and
all it wants is your soul.

The Weight of Words (Fulham)
‘The Weight of Words’ is a powerful anthology of poetry and biography written by over 40 eating disorder sufferers, their families and friends. These honest and revealing words unmask the brave struggle of these sufferers and their carers; from illness to recover. They are impressive evidence of the healing nature of creative activity. An essential read which demonstrates the potential for triumph over personal hardship.

Perfect: Anorexia and Me (Halban)
‘Trickle by trickle the pounds began to shed. Family began to notice. Friends
began to talk. Whispers could be overheard and the feeling was one of immense satisfaction. Any friendly mention of concern was welcomed with a smile of reassurance and quietly ignored. Progressively, item after item of my wardrobe slowly slipped down my hips and dragged along the floor as I obsessively walked myself slim’
Beautifully written and alive with self-awareness, this book is an inspiring read that will offer those battling with this all-consuming disease a glimmer of perspective and hope, and help those on the outside to understand more.

Boys Get Anorexia Too (Langley)
Eating disorders are usually associated with females but there are an increasing number of males affected by anorexia and bulimia. Often there is a link between male eating disorders and athletic prowess, and the quest for physical perfection can result in damaging behaviours associated with diet, supplements and exercise. The author was shocked and horrified when her son developed anorexia at the age of twelve. Having a research background, she naturally turned her attention to finding out as much as she could about how best to combat this terrifying illness. Her son is now fully recovered and has supported this book that not only describes their experiences, but also provides a practical guide on how to cope with male eating disorders.

To Die For (Lee)
When Carol Lee’s cherished god-daughter Emma descends into a long and dangerous battle with anorexia, Carol is the only one she trusts enough to let into her tormented world. Interspersed with revealing and poignant entries from Emma’s diaries, To Die For shows intensely, and ultimately joyfully, how the power of trust and shared memories can confront even this most cruel of illnesses.

Hungry For Love (Lovell)
As more and more people fall prey to eating disorders, Debbie Lovell's courageous story lets us see inside the mind of a typical sufferer, enabling us to understand why they abuse their bodies in this baffling way.
But this book is much more than a story. It includes chapters on how individuals and churches can support those with anorexia and bulimia, and provides useful information about professional help and types of treatment. Above all, it is a heartwarming testimony to the triumph of God's love over
self-hatred.

Lives in the Balance: Recovering from Compulsive Eating, Bulimia and Anorexia (Lovell)
In this book, twelve women and men describe how they have recovered from their eating problems, depression and self-hatred. A mother and a husband of women who have suffered from eating problems also tell their stories, describing their involvement of family members. These inspiring stories are about far more than food and weight and self-worth. They contain lessons for us all, about the important things in life, our worth in God’s sight, and God’s ability to reach out to us even when we feel surrounded by darkness. This is a book full of hope, honesty, real life, and God’s love.

Kicking It: Eating Disorders, Pornography, Drugs and Alcohol (Partington)
In this book, David Partington draws on his own experience as head of Yeldall Christian Centres to talk honestly about getting off the slide and how to enter a new life of purpose, freedom and true release. With warmth and realism, he offers hope for sufferers and advice to those who care.

Male Bulimia: My Dark Demon (Simon)
This book is a powerful, firsthand account of author Scott Simon’s triumph over a lifelong deadly disease – bulimia. After developing bulimia while participating in school sports, Scott learned how to hide his disorder. He continued on a downhill slide into drugs, alcohol, and excessive eating. At the age of thirty-two, Scott finally admitted to himself that he needed to make serious changes in his life. Simon explains his childhood years of tough discipline and high expectations, an adolescence of rebellion and isolation, and adult years consumed by multiple addictions and undiagnosed manic-depression. Simon tells his life story not only for bulimics and anorexics, but also for families and friends who are caught up on the emotional rollercoaster of dealing with their loved one’s eating disorder.

Puppet On A String (Wilkinson)
As a young teenager over twenty years ago, Helena Wilkinson wrote the story of her journey out of anorexia. It was a huge best-seller. After years of being out of print, Puppet on a String is now re-released in its updated edition, allowing readers to see for themselves how Helena found and kept her freedom from the terrible effects of anorexia.

Snakes & Ladders (Wilkinson)
In her first book, Puppet on a String, Helena Wilkinson told the moving story of her struggle against anorexia nervosa which almost claimed her life. Written whilst still a teenager, the book became a best-seller and there was demand from readers to know if she had sustained her recovery. Snakes & Ladders is an honest account of the years following the publication of Puppet on a String. After the worst of the illness was over, Helena suffered the death of a close friend in tragic circumstances, a broken engagement, health problems and depression all in close succession. Despite the battles Helena faced, she still took up the challenge of accepting a job offer to work in a Zulu hospital for a year, just when a general state of emergency had been declared.


Self-Help Books


Eating Disorders: The Facts (Abraham)
This comprehensive guide considers why eating disorders occur, and then looks at each in turn, describing the eating behaviours, diagnosis, and treatments available. The opening chapters tackle adolescent eating behaviours and the sexual maturation process, and further chapters look at the problems that the family or friends of someone with an eating disorder may face, providing advice on how they can cope and provide support and help for the sufferer. This sixth edition contains numerous case history outlines, which provide surprising insights into the mind of the eating disorder sufferer, making it easier for patients and their families to read and dip into as needed. Sympathetically and clearly written, the book provides an authoritative resource on eating disorders, one that will prove valuable for sufferers and their families.

Males with Eating Disorders (Andersen)

* Overcoming Your Eating Disorders: Workbook (Apple & Agras)
If you suffer from bulimia nervosa or binge-eating disorder, you know how hard it can be to change your problem behaviours surrounding food and eating. However, with the right tools and support, you can overcome your disorder and return to a healthy way of life.
Based on the principles of cognitive-behavioural therapy, the programme described in this newly revised and updated workbook will teach you the skills you need to overcome your eating disorder and establish healthy habits. Through daily self-monitoring, you will learn to regularize your eating and expand the variety of foods that you consume. This will help you maintain a healthy weight and will reduce your desire to binge and purge. You will also learn techniques for solving problems, challenging your negative thoughts, and addressing your concerns about weight and shape. Use the workbook to share information with friends and loved ones so they can support
and encourage you throughout the treatment process.

Brilliant: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Briers)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT delivers powerful tools you can put to work to dramatically improve your life. In this book psychologist Dr Stephen Briers clearly explains how CBT works, gives you plenty of exercises to help put the theory into practice and reveals its effectiveness through stories from people just like you, who have used CBT to turn their lives around.

Anorexia & Bulimia: Your Questions Answered (Buckroyd)
Anorexia and bulimia are misunderstood and potentially life-threatening conditions which are increasing at an alarming rate. Anorexia affects menstruation, emotional and psychological development and fertility. Bulimia, due to the compulsive vomiting and purging, can cause permanent damage to the digestive system. This clear, straightforward guide explains how society and culture help create eating disorders; physical and psychological symptoms and effects; how sufferers and their families can help themselves; and what professional help is available.

* The Eating Disorder Sourcebook (Costin)
The Eating Disorder Sourcebook is for those people who suffer from an eating disorder, professionals who treat them and families who suspect, or know, that an eating disorder is affecting their lives. 

Anorexia Nervosa: Let me be (Crisp)
The book’s theme is the enduring relationship of anorexia nervosa to the unfolding of puberty, which transcends and shapes the input of “fashion”. Anorexia nervosa is closely related to the personal challenges of adolescence and further growth within the individual and family. The author sees the disorder as an avoidance of the mounting fear of normal adult weight with puberty as its pivot. His approach to all those concerned involves their engagement and empowerment in the prospect of renewed, healthier growth and recovery. It is significantly effective both in the short term and long term.

Anorexia Nervosa: The Wish to Change (Crisp, Joughin, Halek & Bowyer)
This guide to ‘self-help’ has become highly valued by sufferers from anorexia nervosa, their families and their carers. Many sufferers report that Anorexia Nervosa: The Wish to Change has provided them with their first private opportunity to reconsider their position and future properly, and then to do more about them. Carers have found it particularly helpful as a joint tool in their work with patients, especially when used alongside the more recently published Anorexia Nervosa: Guidelines for Assessment and Treatment in Primary and Secondary Care and the Patient’s Log Book from the same centre.

Overcoming Binge Eating (Fairburn)
Authoritative and accessible, this book provides all the information needed to both understand binge eating and bring it under control. Containing a new self-help programme based on the most effective strategies for controlling these behaviours, it is designed to be used on its own or in conjunction with therapy. The programme provides step-by-step guidance for overcoming the urge to binge; getting control of eating behaviour; establishing stable, healthy eating habits; and reducing the risk of relapse. 

Overcoming Anorexia Nervosa (Freeman)
This is the first self-help book based on Cognitive Behavioural therapy to counter this most notorious and widespread of eating disorders. This book explains the many forms and causes of anorexia nervosa; contains a complete self-help programme and monitoring sheets; and is based on clinically proven techniques of cognitive therapy.

Bulimia: A Guide for Sufferers and their Families (Haslam)
In this clear, detailed, and authoritative guide to bulimia, Dr David Haslam unravels many of the myths behind the condition. He offers answers to the questions asked by both sufferers and their families, including why does bulimia occur? What are the symptoms? Is it dangerous? Why are women more likely to become bulimic than men? How can it be treated? How can family and friends best help someone with bulimia?

Bulimia, Binge-eating and their Treatment (Lacey, Bamford & Brown)
This expert guide presents a specialised treatment programme designed to help people who want to stop binge-eating and get on with their lives. Bulimia is on the increase, affecting women and men, and is primarily a psychological condition rooted in low self-esteem and depression. Other symptoms include weight fluctuations and irregular periods, and complications can be life-threatening, from rupture of the stomach to heart attack. The good news is that bulimia is highly treatable. Bulimia, Binge-Eating and their Treatment, whose lead author is the pioneering expert in the field, gives the latest thinking and advice on this sensitive subject.

Overcoming Anorexia (Lacey, Craggs-Hinton & Robinson)
Anorexia is a powerful psychiatric disorder which changes people’s thinking, causing them to feel comfortable only at a low weight and to become terrified of being at a normal weight. Its complications are many and it has a higher death rate than alcoholism or drug misuse. Anorexia affects both men and women, and while there are many causes, it is important that parents do not blame themselves. In this helpful book, the authors look at: the signs and symptoms of anorexia; peer pressure, body image problems, media and other influences; fertility and pregnancy; what the NHS may be able to offer and how to access help; treatment – types of therapy and drugs; how people with anorexia can help themselves; and how to help
a family member with anorexia.

* Self-Help Approaches for Obesity and Eating Disorders (Latner & Wilson)
“Self-help approaches, both supervised and unsupervised, have received increasing attention over the last decade for both binge eating and obesity. This scholarly yet practical volume pulls together the breadth of current knowledge. It will be of considerable interest to practitioners and researchers in the areas of obesity and eating disorders. It is also an informative, clinically useful reference for physicians and other health care professionals, many of whom now have clinical practices that are dominated by obesity-related problems.”

Treating Bulimia in Adolescents: A Family-Based Approach (Le Grange & Lock)
The first treatment manual to focus specifically on adolescent bulimia nervosa, this ground-breaking book draws on the authors’ proven approach to treating anorexia nervosa and adapts it to the unique needs of this related yet distinct clinical population. Evidence-based strategies are presented for helping the whole family collaborate to bring dysfunctional eating behaviours under control, while also addressing co-occurring psychological problems and parent-child relationship conflicts. Highly practical, the book shows exactly how to carry out the therapy and what to do when problems arise. Special features include annotated session transcripts and answers to frequently asked questions.

Eating Disorders: The Path to Recovery (Middleton)
What is an eating disorder? What are the symptoms? What causes them? And is full recovery possible? This accessible and practical book helps readers to come to a full understanding of eating disorders and the various stages involved in recovery. It is essential reading for sufferers, their family and friends and also the interested reader.
Writing from her experience of working with sufferers and drawing extensively on case histories, Dr Middleton explains what eating disorders are and why we develop them. Crucially, she offers guidance for setting out on the road to recovery.

First Steps out of Eating Disorders (Middleton & Smith)
Recent studies suggests that as many as 5 per cent of the population currently suffer from an eating disorder – and among girls and young women the proportion is far higher. But what are eating disorders? What are the symptoms? And can you ever return to normal again? This book answers all of these questions, and provides sufferers – and their carers – with the information and inspiration they need to recover. Written by two experts with extensive experience in this area, and full of real-life stories, this book will help you take your first steps on the road to recovery.

* Binge No More: Your Guide to Overcoming Disordered Eating (Nash)
In "Binge No More," eating disorder specialist Dr. Joyce Nash provides all the information, encouragement, and guidance readers need to transform their relationship with food. Readers will identify with the experiences of other binge eaters whose insightful stories are told throughout the book. Rather than providing a one-size-fits-all solution to binge eating, Dr. Nash provides as variety of sound cognitive therapy techniques and coping strategies to help readers understand their own binge eating problems and overcome them. Therapists and family members concerned about a loved one's eating disorder will also find this book a valuable
resource.

Beating Eating Disorders: Step by Step (Paterson)
People living with eating disorders find it hard to take the step of choosing recovery, often because the disorder has developed as a way of ‘coping’ with problems or stresses in their life. Written by someone who has lived with an eating disorder, this book introduces new and positive ways of dealing with eating disorders.
This book provides advice and practical strategies to help the reader gain control of their illness. Anna Paterson leads the reader through easy-to-use therapeutic exercises, illustrated throughout with extracts from her diary that give a personal perspective to the behaviours behind eating disorders. Anna emphasizes the importance of taking things at your own pace and also provides a set of diets plans specifically designed for anorexics, bulimics and compulsive eaters.

Eating Less: Say Goodbye to Overeating (Riley)
This revised and updated edition offers you a unique and inspiring solution to overeating: its aim is to look at thoughts and beliefs about food, unravel the mind's addictive impulses, and retrain it to have a more healthy, balanced relationship with food. It introduces you to practical techniques that you can apply in your daily life; it shows you how to set your own limits without feeling deprived and becoming rebellious; and it gives you the ability to develop greater control by helping you to overcome addictive behaviour.

Eating Disorders for Dummies (Schulher)
Do you think that you or someone you love may suffer from and eating disorder? Eating Disorders For Dummies gives you the straight facts you need to make sense of what’s happening inside you and offers a simple step–by–step procedure for developing a safe and health plan for recovery. This practical, reassuring, and gentle guide explains anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder in plain English, as well as other disorders such as bigorexia and compulsive exercising. Informative checklists help you determine whether you are suffering form an eating disorder and, if so, what impact the disorder is having or may soon have on your health. You’ll also get plenty of help in finding the right therapist, evaluating the latest treatments, and learning how to support recovery on a day–by–day basis.

Beating Your Eating Disorder: A Cognitive-Behavioural Self-Help Guide for Adult Sufferers and their Carers (Waller, Mountford, Lawson, Gray, Cordery & Hinrichsen)
Do you, or does someone you know, suffer from an eating disorder? The most effective, evidence-based treatment for adults with eating disorders is cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). This book presents a highly effective self-help CBT programme for all eating disorders, in an accessible format. It teaches skills to sufferers and carers alike. This book is relevant to any sufferer if you are not yet sure about whether to seek help; you are not sure where to find help; your family doctor or others recommend you try a self-help approach; you are waiting for therapy with a clinician, and want to get the best possible start to beating your eating disorder.

Letting Go of Ed: A Guide to Recovering from Your Eating Disorder (Wilson)
Eating disorders are everywhere, from anorexics to bulimics, binge eaters to yo-yo dieters. An awful lot of people today feel miserable around food and unhappy with their bodies. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Recovering from an eating disorder is a long, difficult road, and you need guidance along the way. There are many books about eating disorders available. This book is different. This book isn’t about your eating disorder: it’s about you. This book doesn’t focus on food and eating and weight issues: these are merely the symptoms, not the problem. Instead, this book offers practical, insightful, gentle guidance that can help you discover the underlying reasons for your eating disorder and how you can truly heal.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies (Wilson & Branch)
Whether you’re trying to fight anxiety or depression, or beat addiction, the key to success is learning how to think differently. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a practical, sensible, and effective approach to help you master your thoughts and think constructively, and this book is the easiest and fastest way to get started.

Hope for the Hungry Heart: God's Promises for Overeaters
The path to recovery from compulsive overeating or food dependency can be difficult, but this book helps you to recognize the need that drives your hunger and maintain healthy physical and spiritual habits. Wherever you are in your journey, this book provides words of peave through selected Bible passages so you can walk with a new perspective on life – today and into the future.

Clinical Texts


Medical Management of Eating Disorders (Birmingham & Treasure)
A user-friendly structure allows the reader to access information on the basis of physical complaint. The book is divided into five sections, each consisting of a case, discussion of the topic and a summary of key points. Specific advice is provided on history taking, how to manage over-exercise, how to estimate the medical risk of death, the differential diagnosis of medical diseases that can mimic an eating disorder, and how to determine whether a patient is weight restored. Psychiatric and psychological issues are also addressed and details of specific psychological therapies are provided. The text is suitable for all health care professionals involved in eating disorder management, with special information provided for general practitioners, nursing staff, family carers and nutritionists.

Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia: How to help (Duker & Slade)
This book is ‘a must’ for anyone who wants to do something practical about anorexia nervosa/bulimia. Its unique contribution is the now widely acknowledged whirlpool theory which unifies the physiological and psychological aspects of the illness. This provides much needed alternatives for the helpers who are all too often drawn into coercing the sufferer to eat, which is psychologically destructive, or ignoring the physical aspects of the problem which can be dangerous. It also offers a basis for resolving continuing medical and legal dilemmas. To illustrate their approach, the authors draw extensively on their own research and many years of experience providing effective therapy. There is no other book that attends in such detail to the minute steps involved in leaving an anorexic/bulimic lifestyle behind.

Anorexia and Bulimia: Research and Therapies (Faccio)
Elena Faccio's book addresses the historical and symbolic origins of a widespread cultural phenomenon. The text compares and contrasts current models of interpretation, provides an in-depth guide for intervention, and highlights the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of diagnostic instruments, theories and possible treatment plans, Nevertheless the author recognises the limited role that research can play in understanding and treatment of the disorder. The book thus tackles medical, environmental, physiological, aesthetic and genetic factors which might play their part in the development of eating disorders. This is a major strength of the book. A further key point to recommend it is that the author manages to make a complex subject relatively simple without ever losing sight of the intricate and individual nature of the disorder. Thus students, researchers, psychologists and clinical practitioners as well as the general reader, should find much in the book which will stimulate them.

Eating Disorders and Obesity (Fairburn & Brownell)
This unique handbook presents and integrates virtually all that is currently known about eating disorders and obesity in one authoritative, accessible, and eminently practical volume. From leading international authorities, 112 concise chapters encapsulate the latest information on all pertinent topics, from biological, psychological, and social processes associated with risk, to clinical methods for assessment and intervention. Suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter replace extended references and enhance the practical value and readability of the volume.

Self-Harm Behaviour and Eating Disorders: Dynamics, Assessment and Treatment (Levitt, Sansone & Cohn)
The number of eating disorders patients presenting with symptoms of self-harm is growing quickly, and yet surprisingly little is known about this unique population. Self-Harm behaviour and Eating Disorders explores the prevalent but largely uncharted relationship between self-injury behaviours and eating disorder symptoms. In the first major book to focus on this area, a renowned group of international scholars and practitioners addresses the subject from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives. The book is categorized into sections covering epidemiology, psychodynamics, assessment, and a final section covering potential treatment options.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders: A Comprehensive Treatment Guide (Waller, Cordery, Corstorphine, Hinrichsen, Lawson, Mountford & Russell)
This book describes the application of cognitive behavioural principles to patients with a wide range of eating disorders - it covers those with straightforward problems and those with more complex conditions or co-morbid states. The book takes a highly pragmatic view. It is based on the published evidence, but stresses the importance of individualized, principle-based clinical work. It describes the techniques within the widest clinical context, for use across the age range and from referral to discharge. Throughout the text, the links between theory and practice are highlighted in order to stress the importance of the flexible application of skills to each new situation. Case studies and sample dialogs are employed to demonstrate the principles in action and the book concludes with a set of useful handouts for patients and other tools. This book will be essential reading for all those working with eating-disordered patients including psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, counsellors, dieticians, and occupational therapists.

Oxford Handbook of Nutrition and Dietetics (Webster-Gandy, Madden & Holdsworth)
Fully updates, this book is a practical guide to the vital and valued subject of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease and the maintenance of good health. This handbook will be an invaluable companion for all dieticians, nutritionists, and nurses, as well as doctors and students in a variety of specialists. Concise and bulleted this handbook takes an integrated approach which facilitates the links between all aspects of nutrition and dietetics. Sections on obesity and a new chapter on international nutrition are timely and topical. Other topics include information on nutrition assessment, popular diets, nutrition in systems-based diseases, and rarer conditions, as well as helpful normal range guides and handy reference values.

Help with other issues


Dietary Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Aitken)
Following the increasing amount of scientific research relating to autism, various dietary approaches are being advocated to help those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This book provides an introduction to the clinical conditions that can cause autistic behaviour and what can be done to significantly improve many of them. The book explores the known genetic conditions linked to autism and describes various dietary interventions. For each approach, the author explores the potential benefits; evidence for and against the diet; and information, where available, on relevant publications, web resources and support groups. This book will be a valuable resource for families, individuals and professionals wishing to understand and explore the possibilities of dietary interventions and the benefits they can have for those on the autism spectrum.

Overcoming Body Image Disturbance: A Programme for People with Eating Disorders (Bell & Rushforth)
People with eating disorders often exhibit serious misconceptions about their own body image. This book provides a treatment programme for people with eating disorders who have a negative body image. The manual offers advice for therapists, enabling them to deliver the programme, as well as practical guidance for the sufferer, encouraging them to learn the appropriate skills to change their attitude towards their body.

The Body Image Workbook: An Eight Step Programme for Learning to Like Your Looks (Cash)
If you experience feelings of concern or distress about your body image, this workbook offers a clinically tested program that can help you transform your relationship with your body.
Through engaging exercises and worksheets, the book shows you how to evaluate a negative body image. It offers effective ways to change damaging, negative self-talk about your body image. Do you live most of your life under a bulky sweater? If so, the book will teach you how to avoid defensive behaviours like overdressing and other appearance-preoccupied rituals that reinforce your negative feelings. Throughout, the book works with you to help you create a more pleasurable, affirming relationship with your appearance.

* Coping with Eating Disorders and Body Image (Craggs-Hinton)
This book talks about how you can have a healthy relationship with food and with yourself. Body image and eating disorders affect more than one million people in the UK, according to the Eating Disorders Association. The increase in eating disorders has been blamed on media emphasis on superthin models and ideal bodies, which can affect how people perceive themselves, but the causes of eating disorders are often more complex and are linked to general feelings of self-worth and issues of control. This book looks at eating disorders within the context of general body image and self-perception. Topics covered include: distorted body image and how it can impact on eating habits; anorexia - causes, signs, treatment and how to help; bulimia - causes, signs, treatment and how to help; compulsive overeating - causes, treatment and health risks; getting back to normal eating; body dysmorphic disorder - causes, treatments and health risks; enjoying a healthy relationship with food; and accepting your body and yourself as you are.

Anxiety and Depression Workbook for Dummies (Elliot & Smith)
Struggling to cope with anxiety and/or depression? Have no fear – this hands-on guide focuses on helping you pinpoint the root of your problems and find relief from your symptoms in a detailed, step-by-step manner. With concise, eye-opening exercises, you’ll understand how to assess your current situation, remove the roadblocks to change, face your fears, and improve your view of yourself and the world around you. You’ll see how to take direct action to alter negative or distorted thinking, lift your moods, and adopt positive habits that will lead you toward a more joyful, meaningful, and connected life.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Eating Disorders (Fairburn)
This book provides the first comprehensive guide to the practice of "enhanced" cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT-E), the leading empirically supported treatment for eating disorders. Christopher Fairburn and colleagues describe in detail how to tailor CBT-E to the needs of individual patients, and how to adapt it for adolescents and patients who require hospitalization. Also addressed are frequently encountered co-occurring disorders and how to manage them. Reproducible appendices feature the latest versions of the Eating Disorder Examination interview and questionnaire.

Boost Your Confidence: Improving self-esteem step-by-step (Fennell)
Low self-confidence affects many of us from time to time and at its worst it can have a devastating impact on your life, preventing you from pursuing your dreams and leading the life you want to lead. Even in milder forms, it can impact on your relationships, studies, career, social life and home-life.
By recognizing what has caused your own low self-esteem and then starting to address negative thoughts and habits that have kept it low, you can gradually build your confidence. Improving your self-confidence will have an enormously positive effect on your life, allowing you to flourish and grow, and taking you a step closer to fulfilling your dreams and ambitions.

Overcoming Low Self-Esteem (Fennell)
This acclaimed self-help guide will help you to understand your low self-esteem and, armed with this knowledge, break out of the vicious circle of negative self-image, learning the art of self-acceptance and altering your life for the better.
Explains the nature of low self-esteem an self-destructive thinking; describes what keeps low self-esteem going; explores how to identify your positive qualities and gain a more balanced view of yourself; contains a complete self-help programme and monitoring sheets; based on clinically proven techniques of cognitive behavioural therapy.

Overcoming Depression (Gilbert)
If you suffer from depression you are far from alone. Depression is very common, affecting over 300 million people around the world. This highly acclaimed self-help book reflects over ten years of new research on understanding and treating depression, particularly the importance of developing compassionate ways of thinking, behaving and feeling. It contains helpful case studies and new, easy-to-follow, step-by-step suggestions and exercises to help you understand you depression and lift your mood.

Body Image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women, and Children (Grogan)
This book presents a review of what is presently known and the results of some new research on body image. It compares the effects of gender, sexuality, social class, age and ethnicity on satisfaction with the way we look and suggests how these differences arise. Why, for instance, are heterosexual men much happier with their body images than women or gay men?
Sarah Grogan discusses the effect of media presentation of the ideal body and other cultural influences. Surprisingly, despite the almost exclusive media preference for very young female bodies, she finds that older women are not less satisfied with their bodies than younger women.

* Killing Me Softly: Self-Harm Survival, Not Suicide (LeFevre)
The posthumous collected thoughts of Sharon Lefevre, a woman who campaigned for greater understanding of self-injury. ‘Killing me Softly’ is an objective, non moralistic recognition of the contradictions that occur within abuse and self-harm, and the controversy that this will cause makes this book important, along with the no holds barred approach to the subject, which is at its best when the concept of recovery is discussed.
The challenge posed by this book is a challenge to all users, professionals and carers. If we accept this challenge, then perhaps real changes in these areas can and will happen.

Beat Depression and Reclaim Your Life (Massey)
Millions of people suffer from depression in silence, afraid to admit to their family, close friends or GP that they feel beaten and cannot find a way out. Alexandra Massey has been through the hell of depression and come through the other side. Her bestselling book offers a practical, jargon-free and realistic lifeline to help sufferers overcome the worst aspects of the condition without the use of medication.

In Pursuit of Peace: 21 Ways to Conquer Anxiety, Fear, and Discontentment (Meyer)
In this book, bestselling author Joyce Meyer discusses twenty-one ways in which we can rediscover “the peace that passes all understanding”. Through a diligent analysis of Scripture, as well as words of wisdom and candid insights from her experiences, she inspires us to begin our own search for lasting serenity. Journey with her and learn how to be at peace with God, with yourself, with others, and to be led by peace. God tells us over and over again in the Bible that we must seek peace in everything we do. The choice is ours to make. Are you ready?

No Fear: Overcoming Panic Attacks and Phobias (Neville)
Many people live with abnormal anxiety and fears at some point in their lives. These might include phobias, panic attacks and the continuous worry that something unexpected and disturbing is just around the corner. Written by a sufferer who has overcome her problems and now gives support to many, this book shows that anxiety, panic and phobias are a state of mind and that once you start to face your fears and recognise the reasons behind them, you can start to overcome the terror. Alice Neville writes from her own experiences and guides you through the necessary steps so that you can understand your fears and take control of your life once and for all.

Overcoming Body Image Problems Including Body Dysmorphic Disorder (Veale, Willson & Clarke)
Few of us are happy with our bodies, but three in every hundred people have a body image problem. One that frequently occurs is body dysmorphic disorder – a recognised psychological condition when people become fixated on perceived defects in their appearance, very real to them but not apparent to others. Other body image problems can arise from difficulty in dealing with disfigurement, eating disorders or dissatisfaction with weight or shape. Such preoccupations not only cause distress but can lead to anxiety or social phobia. The authors of this new guide have put together a clear, step-by-step, self-help course, based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, that will enable you to understand, work through and take control of your life again.

Beat Low Self-Esteem with CBT (Wilding & Palmer)
Do you want to gain confidence and overcome self-defeating thoughts? Whether you want to have more fulfilling relationships or become more assertive, this sympathetic guide uses the proven techniques of cognitive behavioural therapy and plenty of practical exercises to help you banish the problems caused by low self-esteem.

Feeling Good About The Way You Look (Wilhelm)
In a society where a blemish or "bad hair" can ruin an otherwise perfect day, and airbrushed abs dominate the magazine rack, many people feel ashamed of their bodies. Whether they’ve stopped socializing because of an imagined defect or spent thousands on skin care, hair growth products, or plastic surgery, Feeling Good About the Way You Look helps men and women with exaggerated concerns about their appearance break free from the mirror and get their lives back on track.
Self-assessment tools help readers understand their problems and decide whether they should be evaluated for Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), a severely distressing level of dissatisfaction with one's body. Step-by-step guidelines teach them to overcome discouraging thoughts, curtail obsessive appearance rituals, and see themselves realistically. With a chapter for friends and family members who suspect a loved one may be struggling with body image issues, this is the perfect starting point for those who want to help themselves or someone they care about make peace with their looks.

Books Especially for Carers


Eating Disorders: A Parents’ Guide (Bryant-Waugh & Lask)
Whatever aspect of your child's eating behaviour is causing you concern, this book will help you understand some of the more common reasons why problems arise, and will give you advice on what you and others can do to manage the situation. Written by experienced clinicians,  Eating Disorders: A Parents' Guide is dedicated to clarifying the subject of eating disorders. Combining an accessible and straightforward introduction to the subject with practical advice, this book represents the first step towards diagnosis and treatment. Case-studies are used to help parents to understand their children's experiences of this complex and challenging subject and sensitive advice is offered on a range of issues. This book will be welcomed by anyone who is concerned about the eating habits of their children and will be invaluable to professionals working with those suffering from eating disorders.

Living with Depression: How to cope when your partner is depressed (Carr)
Living with someone who is depressed is one of the loneliest feelings in the world. There’s help out there for your partner, but what about you? Find out how you can get the help you need, whilst supporting your partner at the same time. Author Caroline Carr writes from personal experience, sharing her own story of what happened when her partner of 20 years became depressed. She shares advice and strategies on looking after yourself and your family; how to support your partner; understanding depression; and where to get help.

Help Your Teenager Beat An Eating Disorder (Lock & Le Grange)
If you are the parent of a teenager who is struggling with an eating disorder, you probably feel confused, anxious, and filled with questions. What should you do? Is it your fault? Can you help This book will help you find some answers. It clearly explains what eating disorders are about and which treatments work best, and gives practical suggestions and encouragement.

Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family: One Parent’s Practical Guide to Recovery (Smith)
This book is the first supportive self-help guide written by a carer for other carers. This is the book Grainne Smith searched for without success, as she battled against the wall of rejection and denial her daughter’s illness built around her, determined not to allow her to be one of the 20 per cent who die. It is her personal story, but it is more than that. It is also a practical guide with many tips, including how to deal with eating, kitchen and bathroom issues; how to manage dramatic changes in mood behaviour; and how to survive as a family.

Anorexia Nervosa: A Survival Guide for Families, Friends, and Sufferers (Treasure)
When anorexia nervosa strikes an individual and her family, everyone is thrown into confusion by the mixture of emotions that emerge. One of the strongest is fear. The fear arises partially because so much is unknown. What has caused this to happen? What will happen now? What can we do about it? This book is an attempt to answer some of these questions. Unusually for a book on anorexia nervosa, this book includes sections for parents and other carers alongside a section for the sufferer herself. Many families have used and commented on various versions of the book, and have helped to form its content. Experiences and problems have been shared, and solutions generated. Readers are encouraged to use this book as a tool box rather than a new engine and to ask questions “Is this part relevant for me?”, “Can I use it?”, “Shall I try it?” rather than trying to fit it all into place and expecting it to run smoothly.

Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder (Treasure, Smith & Crane)
Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder equips carers with the skills and knowledge needed to support and encourage those suffering from an eating disorder, and to help them to break free from the traps that prevent recovery. 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 communication skills; developing problem-solving skills; building resilience; and managing difficult behaviour. This book is essential reading for both professionals and families involved in the care and support of anyone with an eating disorder. It will enable the reader to use the skills, information and insight gained to help change eating disorder symptoms.









 

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