Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia

by Harriet Brown

There will be few "personal journey" books that I would ever care to recommend to those looking for guidance on recovery from any kind of harmful eating behaviors, but this book is one worthy exception. Because the author is the mother of the daughter attempting to recover from anorexia nervosa, and because she is also an accomplished investigative writer, Harriet Brown offers up a clinically-valid process that resulted in a successfull recovery for her daughter, and her family. Accutely aware of how triggering many memoirs can be, Brown is cautious of what information she has chosen to include regarding the worst aspects of her daughter's illness.

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This Is Me

by Emily Spence

Emily used the MinnieMaud Method intake guidelines along with support from her mother (a psychologist) to wend her way to remission from a restrictive eating disorder. This workbook might be a useful tool to take with you to your own therapist while you work through your recovery process. It is designed using the Identify, Separate and Release (ISR) treatment modality which has its roots in energetic healing (of which I am not a fan). Nonetheless, the application within this book is focused on self-discovery where the application of ISR is actually distinguishing eating disorder-generated thoughts and feelings from thoughts and feelings that are inherently yours. If you feel utterly subsumed and that your identity is indistinguishable from your eating disordered behaviors, you will likely find this workbook really helpful.

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