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Relationships with friends and family influence and are influenced by eating disorder issues. Topics relate to individual perspectives, questions, stories and support for adults in various stages of recovery and for the people who love them. Extricating yourself from negative relationships and building positive relationships are discussed.  Communication, boundaries, love, self-esteem, emotional turbulence, abuse, ways to help and accept help are explored.

When Mom is Anorexic

800px-Reflected sphereThe mother of three children wrote saying she's had an eating disorder for two years since the birth of her last child. When the child was born this woman stopped eating, felt depressed, lost weight and still sees herself as fat when she sees her reflection.*

She feels elated when she loses weight, works out in the gym for three hours a day or more.  She doesn't eat all day, just drinks water and diet drinks. If she does eat she purges as much as she can get out of her body.

From Pro Ana Thinking to Recovery: help from friends and family

As I think back on patients I've worked with over the years, many of the young women in their mid twenties who suffered from serious and extreme forms of anorexia or bulimia cam to me because someone who loved them found me.  I have been "found" by mothers, sisters and friends.  These people find my writings on the Internet and read them thoroughly.  They send my writings that seem most relevant to the person they love.  They speak to the person they love, impart their love and great concern. They suggest, beg or plead for the person to contact me.

How to Stop Overeating and Recover from Eating Disorders: Your Triumphant Journey

Years ago I wrote a free workbook, Triumphant Journey, on how to stop overeating and recover from eating disorders. I'm in the process of creating a new edition for this site.  You can find the original version of Triumphant Journey on Self Help Magazine. Marlene Maheu, the founder of Self Help Magazine generously published the book online in the early 1990's. It's always been available, for free, and many people with no access to eating disorder treatment have found it helpful.

Parental Acceptance of Eating Disorders

One of the powerful and moving moments that occur in my work as a psychotherapist is when a woman, who never sought treatment for her own eating disorder, comes in for psychotherapy for the sake of her child. She couldn't rally her strength for her own well being. But when she is pregnant or has a young child she finds the courage and determination to do her own work in order to protect her child from developing an eating disorder. Often, a child has already begun to develop symptoms, but often too, not always, but often when the mother works on her own healing she is in a better position to support healing in her child. Love and courage bring the mother in. Love and courage create a powerful healing force.

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