Readers facing such issues will appreciate the intimate nature of Dunn’s advice: he compiles the experiences of his own family, including personal notes from Kara and himself throughout, to share their perspective and practical knowledge. Advocating for a particular approach, the Family-based Treatment (or the Maudsley Approach), Dunn emphasizes that the role of family is crucial to recovery, and he shares detailed information—treatment team guidelines, sample behavioral contracts, and more—to help readers supplement recovery.
Dunn encourages a family-led approach to facing anorexia, with experts and professionals involved but subordinated: “Your team should be helping you help your child more than directly helping your child,” he writes. Some readers facing anorexia might not have that built-in support structure, of course. Still, his willingness to share a painful experience in such clear-eyed detail will help many families over a hurdle that initially might seem insurmountable. The guide covers a lot of ground on anorexia nervosa in women, and at times the sheer amount of information can feel overwhelming, but readers who stick with it will find much to help—and Dunn’s openness will be an inspiration.
Takeaway: A father and daughter share their experience with and lessons learned from anorexia nervosa.
Great for fans of: Harriet Brown’s Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia, Clare B. Dunkle’s Hope and Other Luxuries, Eva Musby’s Anorexia and Other Eating Disorders.
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