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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable and wise, 31 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Skills-based learning for caring for a loved one with an eating disorder: The New Maudsley Method (Kindle Edition)
This book is essential reading for anyone who discovers a loved one has an eating disorder. Finding this out is truly terrifying, and seeing it escalate worse still. The book has really useful comparisons with different types of animal to help carers get in the right frame of mind to deaal with these really complex and difficult situations - try to be a dolphin or a St Bernard instead of an ostrich, an aggressive rhino, or a trembling jelly-fish! It also has great advice on how to try and understand change in the sufferer - what stage they are at, how to try and move things forward appropriately, and the best forms of communication to do that - that's the skills-based element, learning the skills of productive rather than counterproductive reactions.
The only issue I have with the book is that it is almost entirely focused on teenagers with either anorexia or bulimia. Adults do have eating disorders as well, including binge eating that is not bulimic but can lead to crippling and life-threatening obesity. One's relationship with an adult does not have the authority a parent can have over their child, so some particular advice on managing these situations with adult siblings or friends would be useful to add in a future edition.
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