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Thanks for your comment, Wiesia, Glad to hear that inpatient treatment made the difference. It's very hard for parents to know when this is necessary, but your voice may help some to understand my post better.
HI PTC, Glad to hear you have a good therapist and its someone you can have a productive dialogue with on the subject of weight. Good luck in your treatment.
Laura, I agree that an 'us vs. them' situation is not ideal for the people experts are supposed to be helping: patients and their families The best Marcia and I can try to do is to clarify these issues for patients and families so they can make their own decisions and choices. May we all keep the focus on healing and recovery.
Great to hear that, Cindy. More reasons to grit your teeth and focus on the hard work of weight restoration.
Good plan, Viv -- good luck! PTC, I hope your T meant that in a light-hearted way.
I love the commandments of compassion, being kind to oneself, putting one's health first and focusing on me and getting better. Thank you for these! As for PTC, maybe it's not the right moment (there's a lot going on now right?) but be open for the moment when it does come.
Dear Krista, Yes, you are welcome to use our blog as a resource. I recommend you look at this toolkit for athletic coaches and trainers that I edited for the National Eating Disorders Association: While it is designed to help athletic coaches and trainers prevent, recognize and sensitively deal with eating disorders in an athletic setting, it also contains a lot of good information for athletes. Good luck with your project, and let us know if you have further questions.
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Jay, I agree, and thank both you and Jane for sharing. Simply knowing that one is not alone in going through these things is a big deal for so many. Take care and please keep in touch, Nancy
Thank you for sharing this great article, and one that makes sense to me. Marcia and I have great respect for Dr. Guarda and the work she is doing at Johns Hopkins. Parents and loved ones, please read the above linked article and think about whether you need to act now instead of waiting for that elusive "readiness for change" moment to occur. Dr. Guarda is right; for many patients, it's not going to happen unless you somehow get your child/loved one in treatment. "Coercion" is a strong word, but by putting the word "compassionate" in front of it, we get the idea. When the stakes are as high as they are for sufferers of serious eating disorder, using compassionate coercion might be the most responsible, moral and loving thing you can do.
Equating extreme climbing and eating disorders is fascinating and apt. One is culturally acceptable and even lauded, the other (usually) a source of shame, disgust and horror. The same comparison could be made with less extreme forms of obsessive-compulsive behavior: business publications routinely laud the workaholics of finance, while obsessive collectors, scientists, musicians and athletes are admired for their fanatic quest for perfection. Same behaviors,just different points on the spectrum of public praise, social acceptability or condemnation.
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Thank you for this insightful post. I like the idea of taking the idea of "the contagion effect" and turning it inside out into a positive tool.
Hi Tracey, What you describe sounds exactly like the huge loophole that the spokesperson from Rep. Patrick Kennedy's office described. She said that the new legislation to close this loophole will not go into effect until January 2010, so I hope that your insurer will not be able to do this any more after that. In the meantime, try contacting your local Congressional representative and as to discuss this issue with a staff person. Good luck, Nancy
Laura, You make a very good point: wouldn't it be nice for others to avoid the long period you went through before receiving proper treatment WITHOUT blame leveled at anyone? With improved diagnostic guidelines and protocol for early treatment, untold anguish could be avoided. Thank you for your comment, Nancy
You're right! Just on this Gurze website alone, there is an incredible amount of good information on eating disorders. It is impressive and inspiring that you have been free of bulimic symptoms for 20 years. Keep up the good work! Take care, Nancy
Hi Kelie, It's great to hear from you, and to hear that the People story touched others struggling with diabulimia. I hope moving back home has helped you in your recovery and wish you the best of luck with your book. Keep in touch and let me know how you are doing! All the best, Nancy