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When Someone You Care About Is Hiding an Eating Disorder

Alice* came to therapy for help with a severe depression. Three years into our work she walked into my office with a spring in her step and a smile on her face and began telling me about a recent date.“It went great!” she told me. After a silence she said, "I guess now we should talk about my bulimia." It was the first time she had spoken of an eating disorder. Read More

Eating disorder (Diane Barth)

I didn't read the whole article yet, but your statement that says "cry for help or indipendence" seems to be misleading. 15- 20 yrs ago, eating disorder was classified as a chemical imbalance. Prior to that it was parenting, low self esteem, etc. it is about money. We sell the idea. People buy into it. Drugs or talk. Same thing- you pay for it.

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F. Diane Barth, L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist, teacher, and author in private practice in New York City.

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