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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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"just one sentence" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Oh, for pity's sake! "Just one sentence could put your daughter or son on a path towards an eating disorder" Really, people? How is this sort of thing cred ... Read on »
Training 2 Treat Maudsley Family-Based Treatment? by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Manuals are nice. Training is better. For those of you who are interested in certification for family-based treatment (aka, Maudsley approach), or know someone else ... Read on »
WInnipeg eating disorder conference organized by a mom by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders As I sit here working on the next F.E.A.S.T. conference for parents I received notice of an upcoming event in Winnipeg, organized by a mother who lost her daughter to an eat ... Read on »
Result! Your activism makes a difference by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders So, you all remember the Australian effort to keep Jenny Craig's CEO from being keynote at a conference for Girls Schools, yes? Well you need to know that the worldwide ... Read on »
Texting and bulimia and binge eating by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Interesting approach for bulimia and binge eating Using text messages as part of treatment for bulimia and binge eating Read on »
Red flags when choosing treatment for your child's eating disorder by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders There is no magic formula or clear rules for choosing professionals who will treat your loved one, I'm afraid. But there are some red flags. The following are signs that you ... Read on »
child over 18? skip this post by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I wish I could do that. I wish I could target posts to those who it might help and not bother or harm those it might upset. But this is a message we have to get to parents o ... Read on »
People are individuals: eating disorders, not so much by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I was commenting on Carrie's blog yesterday and had a bit of a foot-stomping moment. "Eating disorders are not individual to each patient: each patient is an individu ... Read on »
Selling certainty by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Carrie has posted what I believe needs to be a rallying call for us all. It is time for us to call "bullshit" on the certainty that so many are peddling ... Read on »
It may not just be an eating disorder by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders As hard as it is to accept that one's child has a life-threatening eating disorder requiring a complete shift of life priorities, sometimes it isn't just an eating disorder. ... Read on »
Welsh petition: urgent! by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Please consider signing this petition e-Petition:Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Service We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Governm ... Read on »
Registration is open for Alexandria conference for parents by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I'm delighted to announce that registration is now open for the next F.E.A.S.T. conference for parents There's No Place Like Home November 30 & December 1 (come ... Read on »
Australian conference for families is on the calendar! by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Happy news! June Alexander with Professor Janet Treasure at the 2010 EDIC, London. At Home with Eating Disorders, Brisbane, May 23-25, features Prof. Trea ... Read on »
Dot Net Nuke is your friend? by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders If you are familiar with DotNetNuke hosting, I need advice: email me at Laura@feast-ed.org ASAP! Read on »
Believing is seeing yourself as effective by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Confidence is tremendously difficult when a parent is faced with A frightening prognosis Perplexing symptoms Confusion about what is their child and what is the ... Read on »
Kartini doctor and family on NBC by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Kartini Clinic's Dr. Julie O'Toole, a F.E.A.S.T. Advisor, is interviewed on TV in a very moving feature on a family that faced anorexia nervosa together. Anorexia ... Read on »
neat: pictures of anosognosia by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Not that I need a picture, but for those who still struggle with the fact that the brain can blind itself in very specific ways - and that this changes the responsibility ... Read on »
Authority by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders It strikes me more and more that the real problem isn't that most parents get bad information and consultation about eating disorders. It is that even when we have the ... Read on »
night editor: wake up!! by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders This may well be the worst reporting, worst headline, worst understanding of the issue at hand I've seen in years. It's like a 3D scan of fallacies! 3D scanning ‘is ... Read on »
"anosognosia is blindness," and tough to pronounce! by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Most people who learn the word anosognosia immediately understand its role in eating disorders, especially anorexia. NONE of us have a clue, at first, how to pronounce ... Read on »