Next to Nothing: A Firsthand Account of One Teenagers Experience with an Eating Disorder

Paperback | July 15, 2007

byCarrie Arnold, B. Timothy Walsh

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More than simple cases of dieting gone awry, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are among the most fatal of mental illnesses, responsible for more deaths each year than any other psychiatric disorder. These illnesses afflict millions of young people, especially women, all over theworld. Carrie Arnold developed anorexia as an adolescent and nearly lost her life to the disease. In Next to Nothing, she tells the story of her descent into anorexia, how and why she fell victim to this mysterious illness, and how she was able to seek help and recover after years of therapy and hardwork. Now an adult, Arnold uses her own experiences to offer practical advice and guidance to young adults who have recently been diagnosed with an eating disorder, or who are at risk for developing one. Drawing on the expertise of B. Timothy Walsh, M.D., one of America's leading authorities oneating disorders, she reveals in easy-to-understand terms what is known and not known medically about anorexia and bulimia. The book covers such difficult topics as how to make sense of a diagnosis, the various psychotherapies available to those struggling with an eating disorder, psychiatrichospitalization, and how to talk about these illnesses to family and friends. The result is both a compelling memoir and a practical guide that will help to ease the isolation that an eating disorder can impose, showing young people how to manage and maintain their recovery on a daily basis. Part of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative series of books written specifically for teens and young adults, Next to Nothing will also be a valuable resource to the friends and family of those with eating disorders. It offers much-needed hope to young people, helping them to overcome theseillnesses and lead productive and healthy lives.

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More than simple cases of dieting gone awry, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are among the most fatal of mental illnesses, responsible for more deaths each year than any other psychiatric disorder. These illnesses afflict millions of young people, especially women, all over theworld. Carrie Arnold developed anorexia...

Carrie Arnold waged a seven-year battle with anorexia and bulimia. The holder of a Master's of Public Health in Epidemiology, she is actively involved in eating disorders advocacy and education. She is also the author of Running on Empty: A Diary of Anorexia and Recovery. B. Timothy Walsh, M.D., is the Ruane Professor of Pediatric Psy...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.59 inPublished:July 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Food, Glorious Food! Life with Anorexia and Bulimia2. My Story3. What is an Eating Disorder:4. After the Diagnosis5. Getting Treatment for an Eating Disorder6. The Ins and Outs of Eating Disorder Recovery7. There and Back Again- Relapse and Recovery8. Surviving Recovery- Practical Hints9. Where I am TodaySome Frequently Asked Questions for the Recently DiagnosedGlossaryResourcesBibliographyIndex

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"This book is an insightful account of one person's struggle with an eating disorder. It offers a helpful mix of information, ranging from the personal to the professional. I expect this book will be helpful to young adults with an eating disorder and their families."--Daniel le Grange, PhD,Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Eating Disorders Program at The University of Chicago