“Anorexia nervosa is a complex illness with its onset and course within the period of emerging adult hood (the period from 10-30), a critical time of life. Although a focus on restoring nutrition is necessary in the treatment of this illness, it is not sufficient. The physical and psychological impact of the illness means that it becomes entangled with development, genetic transmission, and the consolidation of personality and identity. This book provides a clear perspective into these processes by describing the key neuroscience components that become distorted by the illness and which need to be considered and targeted during the journey to recovery. Thus, this book has an emphasis on the needs of the brain rather than the body alone. It contains illustrations and simple exercises which allow reflection on the steps to recovery. It has become clear from research into evidence-based solutions for the enigma of anorexia nervosa that it is critical to engage as many P’s (patients, parents, partners, peers, public) as possible into a collaborative effort to heal and nurture growth back into the path of healthy adulthood. This book provides a clear guide for all these stakeholders. This shared resource can repair the fragmentation, despair and isolation that is a common consequence of the illness. The authors are to be congratulated on being able to disseminate neuroscience understanding into an easily digestible banquet.”
By Professor Janet Treasure OBE PhD FRCP FRCPsych
Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Eating Disorders Unit at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).