Do you or does someone you know, suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or a less typical set of symptoms? 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 that 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
Preface: read this bit first; Part I. Getting Started: 1. Who is this book for?; 2. The key elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy and the self-help approach; 3. How to use this book; Part II. For the Sufferer: 4. Am I making a fuss about nothing?; 5. Motivating yourself to treat your eating disorder; 6. Is now the time to act?; 7. Getting started with CBT; Part III. The CBT Self-Help Programme: 8. Start here: how to use this programme; 9. The practical steps of CBT for your eating disorder; Part IV. For Carers: 10. Am I to blame for the eating problem?; 11. What can I do to support the sufferer?; Part V. Transitions into More Formal Help: 12. Thinking about getting more formal therapeutic help; 13. Starting the process of getting formal therapeutic help; 14. What to look for in a good CBT practitioner; 15. The role of carers in the transition to more formal help; Part VI. Letting Go of the Eating Disorder: 16. The journey of recovery; 17. Relapse prevention; 18. Have I done myself permanent damage?; 19. Carers need to move on too; Conclusion: eating normally again; References and further reading; Appendices; Index.