Writing as therapy for eating disorders: A self-help tool for your child and yourself

By Bharati Lall  Reflection: “Your daughter may die.” When my daughter’s eating disorder specialist said these words, a sense of hopelessness engulfed me.  I felt dizzy. I didn’t want to hear those words, no matter how much compassion was behind them. I wanted to remain in denial about how serious my daughter’s eating disorder and […]

Listening to the patient’s narrative can turn “hopeless” into “hope”

by June Alexander Eating disorders, particularly Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa, can sound like a life sentence. Too often, it is. The Diary Healer (Alexander, 2016) illustrates it is time to listen to the patient and replace “hopeless” attitudes with “hope.” A recovery model of patient-centered care offers hope, respect, and possibilities for people with […]