January 31, 2011

Anorexic model dies aged 28

At the end of 2010 one of the leaders of an effort to warn about the dangers of eating disorders died of anorexia.

Caro’s story is tragic. A potentially long and rewarding life was cut short from this terrible disease. Anorexia is a disorder that is out of control. (more…)

August 2, 2010

It’s all about relationships

I am a strong and confident woman. I’m independent. My heart is open. I feel balanced. I am calm. I am friendly and outgoing.

When I first went to see Charles at the beginning of 2009, I could not have imagined that I would ever be able to describe myself as anything but broken. But, midway through 2010, a year and a half later, I feel that all of the words above describe how I feel about myself now. (more…)

June 28, 2009

From M on “Bulimic since 14” to Sheryl

Hi Sheryl,

You are not alone.

I understand completely how you feel. I was anorexic at age 12-14 and then became bulimic and have lived with this ‘controlling’ disease for over 24 years. I, like you, am intelligent and energetic, once with a strong willpower but completely helpless to this disease. For years and years I have wanted to overcome it and have continued down the same shameful path. (more…)

February 3, 2009

letter from Michelle

Hi I have been bulimic for over 14 years. I have tried counseling. I have been to group therapist. I have been in hospital twice. Once I almost lost my life.

I know I have a serous problem but I can’t stop. I am a solo mum. I have suffered from clincal depression and PTSD post traumatic stress disorder. My family knew I had had bulimia but think that I have stopped. I did for a month when I came out of hospital. I have worn all my teeth and the more that goes wrong with me, the more I do it. Help me please

December 9, 2008

Dieting under stress

Perhaps this is the dieting breakthrough you’ve been waiting for? (more…)

Necessary vs. sufficient: Looking for love in all the wrong places

One of the issues in Social Sciences that is often utilised is whether a problem is necessary and sufficient. While it is easy to confuse the two, one is a necessary condition and the other, given the necessary condition, is sufficient to make it happen. For example, it’s necessary to have food available if someone is going to survive. What’s sufficient, however is the conditions that connect the person and lead to the person over-eating. One stage is necessary; the other one makes the event happen. (more…)

July 3, 2008

Joy’s Letter

What follows is a letter written by Joy (not her real name), three years after treatment. Eating disorders at times present with a number of associated symptoms. A nine year follow-up of this case will be published in an upcoming guide for families and sufferers.

I had been given many diagnoses and opinions from many well-meaning specialists in the mental health field. They included manic-depressive with rapid mood swings, severe anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, bulimia, and anorexia. (more…)

July 1, 2008

Bulimic since 14

In this space, we welcome letters such as this:

I have been suffering from bulimia since I was 14. I got treatment for it but a year later it began again and has been on-going since then. I just want to be better. I hate the way I am, and I can feel my body is taking the affects. Please advise me on how can go about getting help.” (more…)

May 31, 2008

Can a 3-year-old have an Eating Disorder?

I recently received an e-mail from a concerned stepmother. She was concerned that her 3-year-old may have an eating disorder due to genetic factors such as anorexia nervosa. Her stepdaughter was having some resistance to eating certain foods – especially healthy foods. (more…)

May 18, 2008

‘Slim Chance’ Listener Article

Slim chance by Linley Boniface
This story in the NZ Listener (May 17-23 2008) on male sufferers of eating disorders begins by noting the negative media reaction to the revelation that British politician John Prescott was bulimic.

Dr Fishman was asked to contribute. (more…)

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