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"it's fine to be hungry, you know."

ELENA VANISHING


Elena Dunkle in the hospital

LET'S TALK! Invite Elena Dunkle to an event

Dunkle is a passionate speaker. I’ve already invited her for an author visit for my own teen patrons.
Amy Cheney


Anorexia nervosa is an illness of secrets, of isolation, and of hidden shame.

Many people misunderstand it and blame its victims. They believe that anorexics are acting through free choice, and in fact, even some anorexics believe this. But it isn't true. This is a mental illness. It is characterized by compulsions that are extremely difficult to control.

Patients and non-patients of anorexia nervosa need to begin to educate one another. The more we can bring anorexia out into the light and talk about it, the better it will be for all of us. We can't keep hiding and blaming. We need to understand.

Therapy exercise: body image diagram
"MY BODY
fat ➙ disgusted ➙ upsetting ➙ hopeless ➙ legs ➙ arms ➙ thighs ➙ fat
control ➙ restriction ➙ isolation ➙ loneliness ➙ sad
perfection ➙ ambition ➙ critical ➙ despair ➙ imperfection ➙ control
give up ➙ insecure ➙ neurotic ➙ emotional
food ➙ primitive ➙ struggle ➙ helpless ➙ disgusting ➙ embarrassing ➙ overwhelmed
anger ➙ exercise ➙ flabby ➙ exercise ➙ never enough ➙ anger"

I recently became a foster mother to two wonderful children. Because of this commitment, I no longer have the time to travel to speaking engagements.

However, I still have some room on my calendar for phone interviews and Skype events. If you are interested in arranging a phone or Skype "appearance" for your class, therapy group, book club, or gathering, please contact me at [email protected]

Diary excerpt: watch my halo shine so brilliantly
"watch my halo shine so brilliantly."