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I Can Beat Anorexia!: Finding the Motivation, Confidence and Skills to Recover and Avoid Relapse

by Nicola Davies Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 160 pages
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Beating anorexia is much more than a physical process. To overcome the mental and social challenges in recovery, you will need motivation, strength and a positive new mindset. Having recovered from disordered eating herself, health psychologist Nicola Davies has developed an individual-focused plan that will help make recovery seem less overwhelming, and provide you with the skills you need to get better and stay well in the long-term.


With workbook style exercises, this book will help you to identify the underlying causes of your anorexia, focusing on building your emotional wellbeing and confidence before giving tips on how you can make positive changes to your thinking and behaviour. Innovative and approachable, it will enable you to find the best way for you to recover your health and wellbeing.

Acknowledgement. Disclaimers. Foreword. Preface. Part 1. Arming Yourself with Knowledge. 1. Understanding anorexia. Part 2. Preparing to Beat Anorexia. 2. Why Beat Anorexia?. 3. Reaching Out. 4. Seeking Professional Support. 5. Beating Anorexia from all Angles. Part 3. Beating Anorexia by Taking Control. 6. Taking Control of Your Behaviour. 7. Taking Control of Your Physical Well-Being. 8. Taking Control of Your Psychological Well-Being. 9. Taking Control of Your Social Well-Being. Part 4. Beyond Anorexia. 10. Accepting Yourself. 11. Your Future is in Your Hands. Part 5. Advice for Family and Friends. 12. Helping a Loved One Recover - Effective Communication. 13. Breaking Free from Family Roles. 14. Be a Dolphin for Your Loved One. Appendix. Resources for Eating Disorder Support and Recovery.

'Finding the right sort of treatment in a timely way is critical to developing an early and sustainable recovery from an eating disorder. Nicola not only speaks from her lived experience of an eating disorder, but she is also able to set this within the context of academic expertise in health psychology. This provides an authoritative and expert voice. Furthermore, the book goes beyond cognitive behavioural conceptualisations into emotional and interpersonal domains. It contains a wealth of information and thought provoking reflection for both the individual themselves and those who might want to help them on their journey.'

- Janet Treasure OBE, PhD, FRCP, FRCPsych, Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London and Director of the Eating Disorder Unit at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


'Here you will find self-help power tools to assist reintegration of self with body, an essential process in healing from anorexia and creating a happy, healthy and fulfilling life. Feel encouraged and excited, for, as Nicola Davies says, it is 'over to you'.'

- June Alexander, author and eating disorder advocate, href=www.thediaryhealer.com>www.thediaryhealer.com
Dr Nicola Davies is a health psychologist, counsellor, and writer specialising in raising awareness about health and well-being. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Nicola also keeps a health psychology blog and runs an online forum for counsellors. She is the co-author of the Eating Disorder Recovery Handbook (ISBN 9781785921339), and the author of I Can Beat Obesity! (ISBN 9781785921537) and I Can Beat Anorexia! (ISBN 9781785921872), all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Nicola is a survivor of disordered eating.