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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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Why is saying anything about parents and eating disorders unacceptable? by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I keep hearing people say "I feel like I can't say ANYTHING bad about parents without being attacked." Let me reassure you. For example, you can say "Some paren ... 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 »
Research Study for Moms of Anorexic Boys by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Posted by request: Are you the Mother of a Son who has received inpatient treatment for Anorexia Nervosa?    If so, please consider participating in this im ... 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 »
more than just eating disorders by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Charlotte really sums it up here.  I sometimes do feel a bit funny that so much of my life is spent "with" people who don't live anywhere near me and yet they a ... Read on »
what if you did it now with the body you have now by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I met danceswithfat! It was at the last night party at ICED in Austin and I was introduced to the uber-cool blogger, danceswithfat, whose dance moves I admire as much as h ... Read on »
recovered from a mental health issue and over 18? researcher seeks your help! by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Posted by request "‘Successful Recovery’: Characterising and evaluating the role of life events in maintained recovery from mental health issues. Dear Participant, ... Read on »
no comment? yeah, right! by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders The ability to publish anything we want is new, but we've adapted to it quickly. Talking back to anything published is newer, but we're just adjusting, painfully, now. ... Read on »
iaedp calls for proposals for next meeting - deadline June by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders iaedp Symposium 2013 What's New Under the Sun? Innovative Approaches to Treatment March 21-24, 2013 The Westin Lake Las ... Read on »
ICED 2012: Inefficient impressions and the power of "duh!" by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders So, my friends have been demanding that I get going on my conference report. I'm going to do this very impressionistically and without any sort of efficiency. If you have sp ... Read on »
Free treatment for bulimia in New York State by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Posted by request I am conducting an NIMH-funded study of adolescents with BN that is aimed at understanding neural factors that might contribute to illness persist ... Read on »
Speeches 101 by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders How to deliver the scariest speech of your life to 900 people 10.     A little controversy and this is only one of them! 9.       One good idea ... Read on »
This is ground control to Major Gaffe by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Picture this: landed last night at home airport feeling like the picture of good business traveller. Packed well, lost nothing along the way, conference a satisfying d ... Read on »
The dreaded "should" and the Serenity Prayer by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders The most useful concept I ever learned in therapy* was letting go of the "shoulds." This was a tremendous struggle for me. I had a lot of "shoulds." Children shou ... Read on »
Good will hunting by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders How much control do we have over our actions? People with addictions and mental illness used to strike me as people who just weren't trying hard enough. Sure, they may ... Read on »
son with eating disorder, mother with a voice by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Terrific article by F.E.A.S.T. mom about son with eating disorder , as well as a wonderful piece by a F.E.A.S.T. advisor, Dr. Mark Warren  in Teenage Boys and Anorexia ... Read on »
Dinner, Austin, Wednesday? by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders OK, so who is going to AED in Austin and wants to gather a mob for dinner on Wednesday? Because THESE Austins aren't invited. Read on »
Karaoke chemo by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders How do you celebrate your first chemotherapy appointment? Karaoke at chemo at my local hospital. Now that's living! Read on »
Graphic content by Laura Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Stare at this for a moment and see how many fallacies you can name Thin = fruits and vegetables Fat = carbohydrates and fats Thin = healthy Fat = unhealthy ... Read on »