When a loved one is struggling with a psychiatric disorder including an eating disorder, it impacts everyone including family and friends. But, too often loved ones feel powerless and alone. Below are a list of brochures, resources and organizations that will not only offer you hope and inspiration, but will provide you with education and guidance during this difficult time.
Walden Treatment Brochures
Adult Eating Disorder Services
Adolescent Eating Disorder Services
Adult Psychiatric Services
Ambassadors of Hope
Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders
ANRED is a non-profit organization that provides information about anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and other less-well-known food and weight disorders. Our material includes self-help tips and information about recovery and prevention.
BEDA – Binge Eating Disorders Association
Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) was founded to help those who have binge-eating disorder, their friends and family, and those who treat the disorder. BEDA provides individuals who suffer from binge-eating disorder with the recognition and resources they deserve to begin a safe journey toward a healthy recovery. BEDA also serves as a resource for treatment providers to prevent, detect, diagnose and treat the disorder.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.
Eating Disorders Coalition
Eating Disorders Coalition was developed to advance the federal recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority.
Eating Disorder Hope
Eating Disorder Hope™ offers education, support and inspiration to eating disorder sufferers, their loved ones and eating disorders treatment providers. Eating Disorder Hope resources include articles on eating disorder treatment options, support groups, recovery tools and more. Whether an individual struggles with bulimia, anorexia, body image distortion or binge-eating disorder, Eating Disorder Hope can help.
Eating for Life Alliance
Eating For Life Alliance is dedicated to making user-friendly information, resources, protocols and the wisdom of the nation’s experts- available to everyone. College is not only a time when eating disorders often develop — but an excellent time to address and heal from them.
F.E.A.S.T. is an international organization of and for parents and caregivers to help loved ones recover from eating disorders by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence-based treatment and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders.
KidsTerrain, Inc. is a products and services resource company for children and families and the people whose lives affect them. Operating on the neighborhood concept, each of the companies three neighborhoods –KidsTerrain At Home, KidsTerrain At School, and KidsTerrain At Work focuses on identifying and managing the challenging issues affecting parents, teachers and employers in relation to children and families.
MEDA – Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association
MEDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating. MEDA’s mission is to prevent the continuing spread of eating disorders through educational awareness and early detection. MEDA serves as a support network and resource for clients, loved ones, clinicians, educators and the general public.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. (ANAD) is a non-profit corporation that seeks to prevent and alleviate the problems of eating disorders, especially including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. ANAD advocates for the development of healthy attitudes, bodies and behaviors and promotes eating disorder awareness, prevention and recovery through supporting, educating and connecting individuals, families and professionals.
NEDA – National Eating Disorders Association
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. We campaign for prevention, improved access to quality treatment and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. We work with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance.
National Eating Disorders Screening Program
Screening for Mental Health offers eating disorder screening programs for colleges and universities, community-based organizations and businesses.
National Institute of Mental Health
The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and a cure. For the Institute to continue fulfilling this vital public health mission, it must foster innovative thinking and ensure that a full array of novel scientific perspectives are used to further discovery in the evolving science of brain, behavior and experience. In this way, breakthroughs in science can become breakthroughs for all people with mental illnesses.
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness (The Alliance) is dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach and education related to health promotion, including all eating disorders, positive body image and self-esteem. The Alliance is committed to the advocacy, awareness and funding for eating disorders prevention.
A Breakthrough Depression Solution: A Personalized 9-Step Method for Beating the Physical Causes of Your Depression
In The Breakthrough Depression Solution, Dr. Greenblatt offers a new approach to this devastating and debilitating illness grounded in personalized medicine. The fundamental premise of this approach focuses on medicine tailored to each individual. Just as personality and appearance is unique, so are the factors that contribute to depression. Focusing on personalized medicine, Dr. Greenblatt concentrates on nutrition, genetics, stress and when needed, technology to ensure that medications and treatment are targeted towards individual biochemistry. By identifying and addressing all the factors that contribute to depression, depression can be successfully treated!
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Answers to Anorexia: A New Breakthrough Biological Treatment That Is Saving Lives
In Answers to Anorexia, Dr. Greenblatt offers the first new medical treatment plan in 50 years for anorexia nervosa, the “self-starvation” disease that affects adolescents and women of all ages in the U.S. and is now increasingly common in men. Written by a leading psychiatrist and eating disorder expert, the book is based on cutting-edge research on nutritional deficiencies in anorexia that have been long ignored, and the use of a simple but revolutionary brain test that can help psychiatrists select the best medication for each individual person. James Greenblatt, MD, explains that anorexia is a complex disorder with genetic, biological, psychological and cultural contributing factors.
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Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery
Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery, by Lindsey Hall and Leigh Cohn, is an intimate guidebook that offers a complete understanding of bulimia and a plan for recovery, with practical self-help tools, answers to frequently asked questions, a two-week program to stop bingeing, specific advice for loved ones and “Eat Without Fear,” Hall’s story of self-cure which has inspired thousands of other bulimics.
Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop
Binge eating is not a sign of weakness or a hearty appetite. It is a pattern of out-of-control eating habits linked to genetics, brain chemistry, psychology, dieting behaviors and cultural pressures. Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop, by Cynthia M. Bulik, will help you understand your specific triggers and get control over your responses with a set of powerful yet easy-to-implement “curb the crave” techniques.
Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters and the Pursuit of Thinness
Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters and the Pursuit of Thinness, by Margo Maine, preface by Craig Johnson, coined the term “father hunger” to explain the emptiness, and resulting food and body-image disorders, experienced by young women with physically or emotionally absent fathers. It explores the origins of father hunger and its effect on the family, with suggestions for interactive solutions to help dads and daughters understand and improve their relationships.
Overcoming Binge Eating
Overcoming Binge Eating by Christopher Fairburn, offers a comprehensive understanding of the nature of binge-eating, including the causes, various treatment options, and the psychological, social, and physical consequences. Six of the chapters are devoted to a step-by-step cognitive behavioral program for overcoming the urge to binge, establishing stable, healthy eating habits, problem solving, getting control of eating behaviors and reducing the risk of relapse.
The Appetite Awareness Workbook
The Appetite Awareness Workbook, by Linda W. Craighead, is a cognitively-based workbook that uses the highly successful practice of appetite monitoring. Appetite Awareness Training (AAT) has been shown to help both bulimics and binge-eaters regain normal eating patterns by using specific interventions for tackling one eating decision at a time and learning how to “eat from within” rather than using effective willpower strategies.
The Body Betrayed
The Body Betrayed, by Kathryn J. Zerbe, is written for the everyday reader, but with the wisdom, creativity and insight of one of the most well-known experts in the field, this book explains the most important aspects of diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders. Included are chapters on parent-child relationships, family dynamics, abuse issues, medical complications, the biology of nutrition, pregnancy, athletics and treatment.
The Body Myth: Adult Women and the Pressure to be Perfect
Although eating disorders and body image issues are serious problems for adolescent girls, many adult women are also suffering. With poignant, real-life stories, The Body Myth: Adult Women and the Pressure to be Perfect, by Margo Maine and Joe Kelly, talks openly and honestly about these often secret concerns and offers exercises, reflections and other self-help strategies to help mature women reclaim their lives.
The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders: Supporting Self-Esteem, Healthy Eating and Positive Body Image at Home
The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders: Supporting Self-Esteem, Healthy Eating and Positive Body Image at Home, by Marcia Herrin and Nancy Matsumoto, is the first book written by a nutritionist that addresses childhood and teenage eating disorders – with an emphasis on home-based recovery. Herrin focuses on early detection and intervention with an emphasis on solutions that begin in the home. The book also includes new information on family communication, medical consequences, advice for siblings, relapse prevention, food plans and boys at risk. In addition, four chapters are devoted to the Maudsley approach, the highly successful, parent-assisted method for normalizing eating. Also, the parent of one of the author’s anorexic patients contributed a chapter about her family’s experiences in recovery using techniques described in the book.
Telling Ed, No!
Based on Cheryl Kerrigan’s inspiring story, Telling Ed No! is a toolbox of over 100 practical recovery tools and exercises, such as renaming fears, transforming Ed’s rules, keeping a gratitude journal, composing a body cheer and even holding ice! Filled with Cheryl’s unique personality and perspective, each short chapter has prompts for reflection and discussion that bring the recovery process to life. Part self-help book, part memoir, this unique guidebook combines the power of real life experiences and candid straight talk with suggestions and exercises that offer both hope and creative inspiration.
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Gurze Books is a publishing company specializing in resources for eating disorders recovery.
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