Early intervention with family-based treatment can greatly reduce the severity of arexia nervosa in children and adolescents. The best outcome is for those whose illness is intervened within six months. Ten families are this book's voice, and they lift the lid on what living with arexia is really like. Parents describe their frustrations in seeking help for their child and sufferers describe this illness that slips into the brain and becomes part of one's self. The book describes the history of arexia nervosa, its effect on the sufferer and the family, the development of the Maudsley Approach and ongoing research. It lists illness symptoms, strategies for parents and carers to follow, and where to go for treatment and support, and will appeal to families everywhere who find themselves caught up in the arexic nightmare.
Journalist June Alexander worked in country and metropolitan newspapers for more than thirty years as editor, columnist, reviewer and feature writer. At eleven years of age, she developed anorexia nervosa and several years later, bulimia nervosa. Their impact on June's life has inspired her interest in family-based treatment. Daniel Le Grange, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience and Director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the team that developed the Maudsley Approach, Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and serves on the National Eating Disorders Association's advisory council in the United States. He is the co-author of several books.