Book: The Mirror Lied - One woman's 25-year struggle with bulimia, anorexia, diet pill addiction, laxative abuse and cutting by Marc A. Zimmer Ph.D., N.R. Mitgangcategories: Book, Anorexia, Bulimia, Diet Pill Addiction, Cutting, Laxative Abuse, Eating Disorders
N.R. Mitgangabout this book: "The Mirror Lied" is based on a true story. The book depicts Jessica Gordon's survival against seemingly insurmountable odds. Jessica suffered through many years of depression and social withdrawal brought about by this debilitating disorder. "The Mirror Lied" delves deeply into Jessica's inner thoughts and psyche. Through Jessica's own words, which were obtained through numerous in-depth interviews, you experience the lifestyle of an adult with eating disorders, and you gain a better understanding of the acute struggle to fight for recovery.
Eating disorders are not going away unless we educate the public as to how they start, and what must happen for a victim to go into recovery. It is possible to break the cycle with the correct professional help.
Jessica opens "The Mirror Lied" by saying, "There are two types of people with eating disorders: those who live and those who die." Jessica closes "The Mirror Lied" by saying, "To those in recovery, stay there. To those who seek help, may you find a good therapist who knows how to help you. To those in denial of their eating disorder problem, heaven help you."
Anorexic and bulimic sufferers are no strangers to the word denial. Perhaps you've lived in a secretive world. Perhaps you've looked into the mirror and it lied to you. Perhaps it's time to look into the mirror again to face your true situation and break the cycle.
Eating Disorders: What To Do When You Have One
Anorexia and bulimia, and other forms of eating disorders, are disorders of the mind or psyche.
This disorder has deep-seated affiliations with depression, a poor self-image, obsessive-compulsive behavior, and other psychological causes.
The following steps are based on thousands of sessions and years of cognitive behavior therapy practice specializing in eating disorders (ED). Other people have reversed their "slippery slope." It is possible for you to do the same.
• STEP 1.
Seek the help of a competent and experienced psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, or other mental health professional. The word "experienced" is extremely important because too often, doctors attempt to treat this problem with little or no experience. Someone who has not treated hundreds or thousands of ED patients can sometimes do more harm than good.
• STEP 2.
Perhaps it's time you said something to yourself: "I have an eating disorder." ED, like alcoholism and gambling problems, cannot be treated unless you admit you have a problem.
• STEP 3.
Discontinue comparing yourself to others, as you will always lose this destructive game.
• STEP 4.
Engage in activities that add to your ego and self-perception. Do not avoid situations out of fear or apprehension.
• STEP 5.
Learn to express your emotions and feelings. Do not stuff them. Take the "risk" to gain the benefits.
• STEP 6.
Gain patience and understanding that recovery is a process, not an event.
• STEP 7.
Strive to be reasonable – not "perfect".
ED is an addictive and deadly source of pain, suffering and death, seeking tens of thousands of future casualties. There is no such thing as a cure. There is only recovery, which lasts from moment to moment, and day to day. Moreover, no recovery is guaranteed or permanent.
Time and therapy are the two major weapons to fight eating disorders. Use them.
• "Honest memoir about anorexia & bulimia. Really lets the reader get into the head of someone with an eating disorder. A must read for anyone who has gone through or known anyone who has gone through this. It can be very healing to read about someone else experience."
• "I chose 5 star rating because I also struggle with an ED. I've been struggling with this disorder for more than half my life. I am 50 yrs old. Although I've been in control for 10 yrs or so, it never completely leaves. I chose this book in hopes to help me help myself without seeking outside help. Like the book says, ED is a dirty little secret. To anyone who has an ED, the mirror lied is Highly recommended."
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