Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family

‘Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family’, by Gráinne Smith, published John Wiley and Sons, January 2004.

Practical support for carers family and professional, from family member whose daughter is now recovered and who has worked for many years on national and local support helplines, including NEEDS Scotland, EDA (now b-eat) and Samaritans.

‘Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family’, is based on own experience and that of many other carers on helplines and at conferences (all names changed to protect anonymity), plus much reading and research.

Chapters include – Prepare for along road; Living with the Volcano; Family Actions and Reactions; Can the family survive Anorexia? You are not alone; Research – past and present; Tips, techniques and strategies; Coming up for air… 

“This book offers much more than a vivid description of a carer’s experience.  It is perhaps Gráinne’s background, experience, or part of her personality, which has meant she has not been content with experiencing and understanding alone.  Rather her active problem-solving mentality has gone out searching for answers and solutions.  As such she has forged for herself a pathway into the role of ‘expert carer’.

From the Foreword by Professor Janet Treasure, Guy’s Hospital, Kings College, London, who has specialised in the treatment of eating disorders for over 25 years.

 Reviews and comments include –

‘This is a very powerful book’   Dr Harry Millar, 2004, Eating Disorders Unit, Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen

‘So many of us are too beaten down, exhausted, or bitter to reach back to help others.  Your book is different also because of your personal dignity and respect for your daughter, and also your ability to keep your focus on what the caregiver needs to know.  You do not wallow in self-pity nor do you indulge in resentment and anger.  I love your orientation to this disease: you hate it but you strive to understand it.  You understand its power but refuse to become hopeless or helpless – nor let others believe they should either.  I like the practicality of your book.’    Laura Collins, author, 2006