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Laura Patient Expert

San Francisco, California
The author of "Eating With Your Anorexic" and director of F.E.A.S.T. is a mom on a mission to dispel the myths associated with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders. An advocate of the family-based Maudsley approach, Collins thinks parents deserve to know that EDs are brain... Full Bio
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"medically stable does not necessarily mean an individual is not malnourished" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I asked Carolyn Hodges, director of the Sol Stone Center , her thoughts on hair analysis to diagnose and monitor eating disorders, and specifically on this article about ... Read on »
"Mom, I'm going to try crack cocaine!" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Even baby rats know that dieting leads to bingeing - and that's the healthy response. If you don't correct under-nutrition, either your brain or some other part of your b ... Read on »
"naturally thin" vs. "anorexic" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders "He's always been slender." "That kid looks anorexic." "Our whole family is naturally small-boned." "I'm just built this way." How DO you know when i ... Read on »
"not considered visitors" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Charlotte has published a remarkable document at her blog that will get people thinking, talking, and I suspect: angry. Some will be angry that she question it. ... Read on »
"often with positive attributes" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders My search for a published, authoritative, unified theory of eating disorder causation, perpetuation, and resolution has ended: The American Journal of Psychiatry Childhood ... Read on »
"quietly revolutionising the treatment of anorexia nervosa" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Except for a regrettable title, " She ain't heavy - she's my daughter " is a very satisfying article about Family-Based Maudsley therapy being offered at the Westmead hos ... Read on »
"remarkably weak" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders The good news: more real research into treatment efficacy (randomized controlled studies). The ANTOP study The bad news: it takes so long to get the results. Worse ne ... Read on »
"She’s just not thin" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders There are so many quotable lines in the blog post, "Fantasy of Being Thin" that I have given up trying. You just have to read it. Suffice it to say that ALMOST EVERY W ... Read on »
"skype the next snack" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders For parents seeking an example of a wonderful family intervention for a young adult Aimee Liu: A Family's Struggle Through Anorexia Read on »
"Stereotypes and negative expectations play a powerful role in bad psychotherapy" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Oh, what an insightful blog post: "The Power of Expectations" by Dr. Ravin And a heartbreaking reality: "The therapist tells the patient that she must unravel the r ... Read on »
"sympathy and understanding" or "scorn and condemnation" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders "In 1974 a small group of parents became the first in the nation to publicly refuse blame for causing their children to have schizophrenia. They formed Parents of Adult Schizo ... Read on »
"The bottom line is pleasure" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders When a loved one gets anorexia or bulimia the topic of food can become painfully intense: tortured, really. What IS normal? And how do we get there? I really REA ... Read on »
"the cooking apes" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders My daughter pointed me to this review: ‘Catching Fire’ by Richard Wrangham and I shall be very interested to hear the impressions of others on this! Read on »
"the same service as those with suspected cancer" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders It should not take an unnecessary death to change health policy, but it often does. A victim should not have to be brilliant, beautiful, talented and score " four straigh ... Read on »
"There was no warning" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Anorexia kills Shropshire woman: "There was no warning" is a story repeated over and over so often I sometimes can't tell if what I'm reading is a new story. The reports of ... Read on »
"they have to want to recover" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders One of the common sentiments in eating disorder lore is: " they need to want to save themselves ." or " they have to want to recover " No they don't. Ho ... Read on »
"this will be an important conference" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Endorsement messages are coming in from all over for The Map Ahead symposium - they make me a little weepy - go read! imagine this hallway with all of us in ... Read on »
"treat people who are living now" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Why I care about gene studies for mental illness: "We've been stumbling in the dark for most of our history" of bipolar research, said gene expert Dr. Fran ... Read on »
"Very ingenious, as all Freudian arguments are" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I think the eating disorder world would so benefit from getting outside our box. We need to start looking at the thoughts and behaviors of eating disorders from a fresh pers ... Read on »
"We can help him" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I can't get over how moving this mother's words are: " My s(on) needs me to help him. We can help him." That is the essence of what a parent has to know. That they hav ... Read on »