Opening the Door on Eating Disorders

Hello from Minneapolis! I am at the NEDA Conference in Minneapolis, and I am just dead tired right now. It was a fantastic and exhausting day, so I am going to keep this short and sweet.

I am so thrilled to be able to meet many of the people I routinely correspond with via email or Twitter (yes, you too can follow ED Bites on Twitter. You know what to do- clicky clicky the linky linky), and a special treat was meeting June Alexander who came all the way from Australia. And June came bearing the most wonderful of news.

I have been waiting for ages to announce this, and I have written this post in my mind several times. I was too afraid to type it out because I didn't want to have to hit "delete post" if things didn't work out.

The announcement is this: Elsevier is publishing a textbook on eating disorders titled "Opening the Door on Eating Disorders," and I have been asked to write two chapters! Squee! The publication was finalized just this week, and June told me of it today. I am thrilled. One chapter I'm writing is on the importance of treating EDs as biologically based illnesses, and the importance that makes in treatment outcomes and, more qualitatively, in how the sufferer and his/her family experience treatment. The second chapter is "Oops, I did it again: relapse and recovery," which is going to be about pretty much what it sounds like. These will be written in more formal scholarly prose, so I will have to check the snark at the door. Alas.

I am thrilled more than I can express that I get to be a part of this project. I think it is fantastic, and long overdue. Kudos to June for putting all of this together.

Lots of great people are also participating, but I'm too tired to name them all now. I know I would inadvertently forget someone, which is the last thing I want to do.

More from Minneapolis tomorrow when I'm not coasting on Starbucks fumes (whoever invented Iced Americanos is a freaking genius) and propping my eyelids open with toothpicks.

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Kim said...

That's great news! Congrats! I can't think of a better person to contribute to such a book. I can't wait to read your chapters :)

Tiptoe said...

Congratulations Carrie! That is fantastic news, and I can imagine you "squeeing" all the way from MN. ;-) said...

HIGH FIVE, CARRIE! congratulations!

CAGed said...

Wow, exciting news! What is the target audience for the text book?

Libby said...

That's awesome! CONGRATS!

Sarah at Journeying With Him said...

Congratulations, Carrie. This is really exciting. We need more resources like this, and it must be really exciting to be using your hard-earned degrees and qualifications to do a project you are really passionate about! Thanks for being willing to do work to educate other people about EDs, and have fun at NEDA! If you are looking for an alternative to Starbucks, you should pick up some Peace Coffee in Minneapolis! It's amazing...

Hopeful Mom said...

Great news!!! I can't think of anyone better to write those chapters. I want copies for all of my son's providers. Hope you slept well after all that coffee.

Anonymous said...

congrats- i am sure you will do an amazing job. you have helped me see the light and understand anorexia very well

Amy said...

Woot! Get it!

Katie Goode said...

Congratulations! I think a textbook full of snark would be awesome! I'd use it w/ my students.

Cammy said...

CONGRATULATIONS! You are amazing, and they are lucky to have you on board for the project!

Carrie Arnold said...

The target audience for the book is more generalist providers, such as pediatricians, psychologists, etc. I think it will be quite useful to ED specialists as well, especially those earlier in their careers, since each chapter will have case studies.

I intended to post more tonight, but my gimp ankle quadrupled in size from sitting all day, so I need to prop my foot up and get to bed because breakfast is at 7:30. I was ready to mainline some espresso today (Sarah- I will definitely look for Peace Coffee!), so I can only imagine how I'll feel tomorrow!

And NEDA next year will be in Brooklyn, NY. Several people asked me about it. I'm going to be there!

IrishUp said...

Most Excellent Carrie!
I can't wait to read it!

NEDA in my neck o the woods? Also excellent!

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