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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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The unicorns are growing up! by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders So I've been 'at this' for over ten years and that means I've seen countless families face eating disorders and then move on. I now hear from the parents and the children, n ... Read on »
Number 2 and 3 are in your hands, parents! by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Here's a tough truth: parents can make or break treatment. We can't tiptoe around this. Treatment can fail for a lot of reasons but most of them are really in our hand ... Read on »
Keynote speaker for F.E.A.S.T. conference is chosen! by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Keynote Speaker for Alexandria Conference Announcement JUN22 Written by: F.E.A.S.T.  Friday, June 22, 2012   F.E.A.S.T. is overjoyed to announce  Jeff ... Read on »
A heartbreaking, horrible video by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I could only bring myself to watch half of this video.  You may not want to - it is enough to say that this woman there to protect children on the bus is taunted, mocked, a ... Read on »
I'm a fruitcake! by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Refreshing essay by an MP on revealing one's mental illness I'm a fruitcake! **Thank you, Charlotte. LOVE it. Read on »
my ICED presentation online by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders The plenary presentation I gave at the May 2012 International Conference on Eating Disorders in Austin is now available online and for download.  The slides, with text ... Read on »
Dragonflies and connection by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders A stirring message from a mother of an eating disorder patient, 12 years after her daughter's death. Read on »
survey research on exercise during treatment for anorexia by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Please check out and consider helping with a survey on the topic of exercise during treatment for anorexia nervosa To exercise or not – new study on anorexia Read on »
over 50 with an eating disorder? by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Do you have an eating disorder and you're over 50 years old? A friend of mine is working on a piece and hoping to interview some patients over 50 in the US. If this is ... Read on »
recipe for a science story by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders For all my dear friends who, like me, find ourselves regularly staggered by the bad science journalism that the public loves Dramatically titled neuroscience story ... Read on »
My partner by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Last night I was holding hands with my husband and marveled at how fortunate I am to be married to my perfect best friend - the smartest, funniest, most interesting man aliv ... Read on »
It's not force feeding, but it may be too late by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders My problem with a judge compelling a dying anorexia patient to be fed is not the action but the timing. This patient and her family had, it seems, accepted her coming death ... Read on »
neither rare nor epidemic, but absolutely life-threatening by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Eating disorders cause misery, and a frighteningly high number of sufferers die. Carrie Arnold has come out with a campaign we can all stand behind . Eating ... Read on »
Extremes are easy by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders This article about healthful levels of exercise will confuse and upset people. No one likes to be told not to do too much of something they deem "good." The idea that 15 m ... Read on »
Last dance... on stage by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I love dancing. Always have. I put on tap shoes nearly every morning and dance - often in the dark - before my day gets going. I feel invigorated and vital and, every once i ... Read on »
UK friends: two-day conference for families and professional teams by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Great F.E.A.S.T. News: F.E.A.S.T. UK is delighted to announce a two day conference, on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November, in Nottingham for all families and ... Read on »
Howling at Wolves by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I am a feminist. Unapologetically and without parenthetical demurral. I believe women are unfairly regarded and treated and that social justice and quality of life require e ... Read on »
Drug treatment for binge eating disorder by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders There are no psychiatric drug treatments for anorexia. Normalizing food is the most powerful drug there. Bulimia does often respond to drugs, but parents rarely hear ... Read on »
Don't sit down! by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders At least one of these folks will be familiar to you. Great work, Eating Disorders Coalition! Read on »