This is an authoritative guide to understanding and helping a teenager with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. It is designed for parents of teens who have recently been diagnosed with an eating disorder, or who are at risk of developing one, and for other adults, such as teachers and guidance counselors, who are regularly in contact with at-risk adolescents. The book combines the latest scientific expertise available-including the newest treatments and most
up-to-date research findings on eating disorders-with the practical wisdom of parents who have raised teenagers with anorexia or bulimia.
In clear and accessible language, Dr. B. Timothy Walsh and V. L. Cameron explain exactly what eating disorders are and describe their characteristics, as well as signs and symptoms. They outline the right way to go about getting a diagnosis if you suspect your child may have an eating disorder, about when and where to get treatment, and about how to navigate the healthcare system. There is also advice on how to handle everyday life-both at home and at school-once your child is diagnosed, and
on how to communicate with your teen. Complete with red flags to look out for and warnings on the dangers of doing nothing, this book will help parents and other adults face and deal effectively with adolescent eating disorders before they become life-threatening.
B. Timothy Walsh, M.D. is Ruane Professor of Pediatric Psychopharmacology in the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University and founder of the Eating Disorders Research Unit at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He was chair of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative's formal Commission on Eating Disorders, a blue ribbon panel of leading authorities convened in 2003 to assess the current research on these disorders; the
findings of Dr. Walsh's commission make up the scientific foundation of this book. V. L. Cameron is a freelance writer based in New York City.