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Regaining Your Self:
A Bold New Approach to Overcoming Eating Disorders

By Ira Sacker

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ISBN 10: 1401303056

A new understanding and approach to eating disorders from a renowned expert, coauthor of the classic Dying to Be Thin

Nearly 5 percent of Americans face an eating disorder — and eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Long considered an affliction of young women, they are now common among young men, middle-aged women, and even children as young as five. This is a health crisis of epidemic proportions.

Regaining Your Self offers hope in the battle against eating disorders through a radical new therapy technique pioneered by Ira M. Sacker, M.D. A leader in the field, Dr. Sacker has been treating patients with eating disorders for thirty-five years. This breakthrough book, filled with firsthand accounts from patients, family members, friends, and others, provides what patients and their families desperately need: a therapeutic model that heals.


“I wish there had been a book like this when I was sick. Dr. Sacker truly understands this complex disorder.” –Tracey Gold

“Dr. Ira Sacker is an innovator in his treatment approach. His in-depth and heartfelt understanding of the minds and souls of people struggling with eating disorders is a breath of fresh air. This book will serve as an invaluable tool for those who work with eating disorders and body image issues.” –Jessica Weiner, author of Do I Look Fat in This? and A Very Hungry Girl.

Regaining Yourself offers a logical approach to understanding eating disorders. The emphasis on deficits in identity and trust will open doors for therapists who treat anorexia, as well as make constructive demands on them. Above all, Regaining Yourself will remind us that, especially with anorexics, psychotherapy must have personal element to succeed.” –Steven Levenkron, M.S., author of The Best Little Girl in the World and Anatomy of Anorexia

“Ira Sacker has been a leading expert in the field of eating disorders for over thirty years. As in my work he has gone beyond symptoms to recognize individualized treatment and interaction of the mind and body in regard to the healing process.” –Dr. John E. Sarno, M.D., bestselling author of Mind Over Back Pain and Healing Back Pain

“For more than two decades, Ira Sacker has been one of the world’s leading clinical voices and social activists for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. His work has been a constant influence on individuals seeking help for the devastating consequences of anorexia nervosa and bulimia.” –Leigh Cohn, M.A.T., Editor-in-Chief, Eating Disorders: The Journal or Treatment and Prevention



Discovering the Self

My first patient with anorexia was sixteen years old and on the brink of death from malnutrition. I had no idea what to do.

Until a few days before, I ha

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