Monday, October 14, 2013

Reasons to believe in recovery? Take this simple, anonymous online questionnaire.

Perhaps you CAN rise above the clouds.
I don’t know the Harvard psychologist Dr. Sheila Reindl, but I have recommended her book Sensing the Self, many, many times over the years. It’s filled with wisdom about recovery from bulimia, honed from Reindl’s extensive interviews with 13 recovered women. (Not bulimic? Please read on! There’s something here for you too!)  Maybe I was attracted to it having learned that several of the pseudonym-ed women were actually past patients of mine, shared with a therapist who contributed these cases to the book. 

Or maybe that it meshed research with patient stories, extracting the essence of the recovery process into meaningful chapter themes. Personally, I hate reading books about recovery (but I read this at the insistence of a patient). That likely has mostly to do with the fact that I discuss recovery almost 40 hours a week. Do I really want to engage with strangers’ stories on my down time? I don’t think so.

Yet I likely suggest it because I believe it may help readers with recovery. Just as I recommend Schaefer’s fabulous Life Without Ed and Arnold’s blog ED-Bites—long before it became chock full of valuable research interpreted into a language we can all understand.
I don’t know if reading recovery stories truly makes a difference in the recovery process—for better or for worse. But I’d like to find out! Because I’d like to have another tool available to help support recovery.

Can recovery stories show us the way?
Enter Lisa Dawson, an Aussie PhD candidate who has the very same goal and is doing the research to find the answers—and I really hope you will help! You may remember her name from previous research I referenced. Here’s the description of her research:

Researchers at the University of Sydney are interested in whether reading stories of recovery are helpful for current sufferers of anorexia nervosa. People aged 18 years or over who have anorexia nervosa or an eating disorder similar to anorexia nervosa are invited to participate. This study is conducted entirely online so anyone in the world can participate. Participation involves completing questionnaires on two or three occasions and reading five short stories about recovery. We are very interested in receiving your feedback about the helpfulness of the stories.

The study has been approved by the University of Sydney Ethics Committee and all aspects of the study, including results, are strictly confidential. We are hoping to have as many people as possible take part in the study. If you are interested in participating then please contact Lisa at
So if you have a few moments, please email Lisa to learn more. And say hello for me!

Thanks for helping. Oh, and PLEASE share this any way you can!

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