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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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push back from clinicians is a warning sign by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders A short, essential message  if parents are getting "push-back" about their involvement in treatment, "that's a warning sign." Read on »
Tic talk, Tic talk: time is wasting by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Think brain problems can only be approached with drugs, surgery, or despair? Good news: the brain can be healed in the same way it develops: through learning. This will surp ... Read on »
out of touch, out of mind by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders this kind of turnover is good, too I am in the mountains of West Virginia this week surrounded by fir trees and mist and High School Marching Band campe ... Read on »
Beautiful video brings F.E.A.S.T. article to life! by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders A F.E.A.S.T. mom has published a beautiful video show animating Carrie Arnold's Ten Things I Want Parents To Know,  published by F.E.A.S.T . I wish this as a ... Read on »
Early bird registration, worms and all, ends July 31! by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders You only have a few more days to register for the F.E.A.S.T. conference in Alexandria in November if you want to get the "early bird" discount . I just wrote my check. ... Read on »
I'm up here, sir! by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders From the "I just knew you were staring at my boobs," file, Our Brains See Men as Whole and Women As Parts. Seriously, this is what we women are often "on about" and wh ... Read on »
Mothers of sons by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders A new Facebook page for research on mothers of sons with anorexia: check it out! Read on »
Why are you so ANGRY? by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I'm not infrequently asked why I am "so" angry. It's the wrong question. Why AREN'T YOU angry? Shouldn't we ALL be angry? That eating disorders are, in most s ... Read on »
Three weeks by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Three weeks in one very small car with two lanky teens. 57 meals. 9 states. Four grandparents. Two uncles and one aunt. Many old friends. Fireworks. One crab ... Read on »
the Internet is reading my mind by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Things I learn when catching up on the blogosphere with my toes in a lake That Charlotte needs to be put in charge of parenting through an eating disorder . That a ... Read on »
her husband's neck by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Dear, wise Colleen has -- as she often does -- described it well "it was a tough position for my husband--to have our well-credentialled professionals saying on ... Read on »
it's not the heat, it's the timidity by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders "Do one thing every day that scares you." Well,  Eleanor , done for the week at least. Souvenir. Remarkably like a hospital ID, no? B ... Read on »
clam racing by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders On vacation on a lovely lake where our last evening's entertainment was... setting up a clam race. Results were not available until the next morning, when the audience favo ... Read on »
WWJIJD to your self esteem? by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I'm struggling with my skin color today. I know it's the Daily Fail but still saps my will to live.  Really, folks? Seei ... Read on »
I'm not blaming you, I'm holding you accountable. by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Parents don't cause eating disorders. We don't trigger, contribute to, or encourage them. Our loved ones are born with a predisposition that that we can't cause even if we t ... Read on »
Parents are professionals by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Eating Disorders Review has a new issue online and it includes a comprehensive article on the Keynote presentation by Lilienfeld . During that speech I was cheering and twe ... Read on »
Nicholas Cage, at your service by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Life is often dull, sometimes painful, and all too necessarily serious. Thank goodness for unplanned laughter and being a good sport. I needed this Girl Accidental ... Read on »
worse than a scandal by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders A grieving dad gets angry after losing his daughter to an addiction. "If you're an addict, you're left to die," he says. "It's an incredible indictment on our co ... Read on »
fresh paint and the glowing eye dog by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Our house is 150 or so years old, in parts, and constantly requires repairs and shoring up. This spring we finally broke down and had the 1950s-era wiring ripped ... Read on »
In very poor taste by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders No, not discussion of the Supreme Court ruling on healthcare today (don't go there!). On this:  Evolutionary biology: The lost appetites ,  Ewen Callaway , Nature ... Read on »