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Demystifying Anorexia Nervosa : An Optimistic Guide to Understanding and Healing

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Emotionally and physically devastating, anorexia nervosa is the third most common chronic illness in teenage girls, striking one in every two hundred (boys only make up 10% of all cases). And while there are a plethora of books on the subject, most are either personal accounts of recovery or attempts to explain the disease from only one perspective, be it psychoanalytic, behavioural, cultural, or biological. Now, in this much-needed resource, Dr. Alexander Lucas draws on 40 years of experience, mostly at the Mayo Clinic, to offer clear guidance and authoritative advice on how to overcome anorexia nervosa. Based on his own unique research with thousands of patients, and striking a careful balance between psychological, cultural, and biological approaches, Dr. Lucas demystifies this seemingly irrational disease and guides parents through the harrowing process of recovery. The book defines anorexia, illustrates how it can evolve and how common it really is, and outlines every part of the treatment process, from the early warning signs that parents should watch out for, to the initial evaluation, to specific treatment plans. Dr. Lucas emphasizes the patient's role in defining the healing process, with the support of the family and medical team. Throughout the book, he counsels optimism, stressing that in spite of the destructive power of the disease, most who suffer from anorexia nervosa fully recover and are able to live normal, healthy, and productive lives. For anyone seeking level-headed, medically sound, and comprehensive guidance on the most effective treatments for this life-threatening disorder, Demystifying Anorexia Nervosa offers a wealth of reliable, reassuring information.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 190 pages
  • 152.4 x 218.44 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 7 line drawings
  • 0195133382
  • 9780195133387
  • 2,044,909

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"Dr. Andy Lucas demystifies anorexia by providing us with the fascinating mysteries of clinical cases (and their solutions) along with the equally fascinating mysteries of his research efforts (and their results). A clear, informative book for every patient and parent to read and for every physician to recommend."--Lenore Terr, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco"Dr. Lucas has infused an immense amount of wisdom and experience into this highly readable book. A must-read for patients and family as well as clinicians who want a concise, balanced, and up-to-date discussion of the art and science of the treatment of anorexia nervosa."--L. K. George Hsu, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts-New England Medical Center"Andy Lucas has written an excellent book that respects the individuality of the patient with anorexia nervosa while offering sage advice, reassurance, and hope to their parents. Highly recommended."--James C. Harris, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics and Director of Developmental Neuropsychiatry, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine "Dr. Andy Lucas demystifies anorexia by providing us with the fascinating mysteries of clinical cases (and their solutions) along with the equally fascinating mysteries of his research efforts (and their results). A clear, informative book for every patient and parent to read and for every physician to recommend."--Lenore Terr, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco"Dr. Lucas has infused an immense amount of wisdom and experience into this highly readable book. A must-read for patients and family as well as clinicians who want a concise, balanced, and up-to-date discussion of the art and science of the treatment of anorexia nervosa."--L. K. George Hsu, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts-New England Medical Center"Andy Lucas has written an excellent book that respects the individuality of the patient with anorexia nervosa while offering sage advice, reassurance, and hope to their parents. Highly recommended."--James C. Harris, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics and Director of Developmental Neuropsychiatry, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine "Dr. Andy Lucas demystifies anorexia by providing us with the fascinating mysteries of clinical cases (and their solutions) along with the equally fascinating mysteries of his research efforts (and their results). A clear, informative book for every patient and parent to read and for every physician to recommend."--Lenore Terr, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco "Dr. Lucas has infused an immense amount of wisdom and experience into this highly readable book. A must-read for patients and family as well as clinicians who want a concise, balanced, and up-to-date discussion of the art and science of the treatment of anorexia nervosa."--L. K. George Hsu, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts-New England Medical Center "Andy Lucas has written an excellent book that respects the individuality of the patient with anorexia nervosa while offering sage advice, reassurance, and hope to their parents. Highly recommended."--James C. Harris, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics and Director of Developmental Neuropsychiatry, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine "Dr. Andy Lucas demystifies anorexia by providing us with the fascinating mysteries of clinical cases (and their solutions) along with the equally fascinating mysteries of his research efforts (and their results). A clear, informative book for every patient and parent to read and for every physician to recommend."--Lenore Terr, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco "Dr. Lucas has infused an immense amount of wisdom and experience into this highly readable book. A must-read for patients and family as well as clinicians who want a concise, balanced, and up-to-date discussion of the art and science of the treatment of anorexia nervosa."--L. K. George Hsu, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts-New England Medical Center "Andy Lucas has written an excellent book that respects the individuality of the patient with anorexia nervosa while offering sage advice, reassurance, and hope to their parents. Highly recommended."--James C. Harris, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics and Director of Developmental Neuropsychiatry, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine "Dr. Andy Lucas demystifies anorexia by providing us with the fascinating mysteries of clinical cases (and their solutions) along with the equally fascinating mysteries of his research efforts (and their results). A clear, informative book for every patient and parent to read and for every physicianto recommend."--Lenore Terr, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco"Dr. Lucas has infused an immense amount of wisdom and experience into this highly readable book. A must-read for patients and family as well as clinicians who want a concise, balanced, and up-to-date discussion of the art and science of the treatment of anorexia nervosa."--L. K. George Hsu, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts-New England Medical Center"Andy Lucas has written an excellent book that respects the individuality of the patient with anorexia nervosa while offering sage advice, reassurance, and hope to their parents. Highly recommended."--James C. Harris, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics and Directorof Developmental Neuropsychiatry, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicineshow more

About Alexander R. Lucas

Alexander R. Lucas, MD, is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and former Head of the Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic. For forty years he has been a recognized authority on anorexia, with a practice that drew patients from around the world.show more

Table of contents

1. What is Anorexia Nervosa? ; 2. How does Anorexia Nervosa evolve? ; 3. How common is Anorexia Nervosa? ; 4. What causes Anorexia Nervosa? ; 5. The signs of trouble ; 6. What to expect in an evaluation ; 7. Making the diagnosis ; 8. Disorders that mimic Anorexia Nervosa ; 9. Physiological effects of starvation and weight gain ; 10. How is fertility affected? ; 11. Bulimia, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating ; 12. Treatment ; 13. Is recovery possible? ; 14. Can Anorexia Nervosa be prevented? ; Message for patients ; Resources for familiesshow more

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