The Wish to Change, 2nd Edition
Psychology Press – 1996 – 112 pages
This guide to 'self-help' has become highly valued by sufferers from anorexia nervosa, their families and their carers. It relates to Arthur Crisp's much praised text Anorexia Nervosa: Let Me Be, now in its third reprint. Many sufferers report that Anorexia Nervosa: The Wish to Change has provided them with their first private opportunity to reconsider their position and future properly, and then to do more about them. Carers have found it particularly helpful as a joint tool in their work with patients, especially when used alongside the more recently published Anorexia Nervosa: Guidelines for Assessment and Treatment in Primary and Secondary Care and the Patient's Log Book from the same centre.
A sufferer writes: This book, I can safely say, changed my entire life. I read it over and over again and I could not put it down. It all made so much sense. For the first time in my life, I could really relate to it and understand why and how I was feeling this way and most of all how I could overcome this disease.
Foreword. What is Anorexia Nervosa? How to Chage: The 30 Steps. Work Section. Exploratory Exercises. On Going Exercises. Practical Information Section.
Arthur Crisp is Emeritus professor of psychological medicine in the University of London at St. George's Hospital Medical School. He has treated patients suffering from anorexia nervosa for over 35 years and has researched the condition extensively. The other authors all worked in his team at St Georges' for some years and are recognised authorities in their respective eating disorders fields.
Neil Joughin is now a consultant psychiatrist working independently and continuing to develop his interest in eating disorders.
Chris Halek is now Deputy Director of Nursing in South Birmingham Mental Health Trust but retains her interest in eating disorders.
Carol Bowyer is now working as a dietician for an eating disorders service within the private sector.