Dear Dr. Bradley,
My daughter is 15 years old and has confided in me that she has bulimia. I had noticed that she lost some weight over the past few months without changing much in her diet, so I suspected that she may be purging. I confronted her yesterday when she walked out of our bathroom (wiping her mouth) and she confessed that she has been purging (not everyday she said) for the past four months. She also said that she can not stop herself AND that she does not WANT to stop.
I've read the section in your book, "Yes Your Teen Is Crazy", on eating disorders and I believe that my daughter may need some counseling. I read this section to her yesterday and she told me that she doesn't care if she develops dental or heart problems. "What matters" she said, "is that I look good."
In addition, as you may have guessed, she has low self-esteem. I have noticed her self-esteem taking a dive over the past year (she started high school last year). She wants to change high schools. She feels the girls at her current high school are mean-spirited and she hates it.
My question is - Are you accepting new clients? I live in Northeast Philly so I am close by. My sister-in-law's son was a client of yours and she told me you were very helpful.
Lastly, I would appreciate any advice you can give me regarding my daughter. I was thinking of purchasing your suggested reading on eating disorders - "Hope, Help, and Healing for Eating Disorders: A New Approach to Treating Anorexia, Bulimia and Overeating". Will this give me more insight into bulimia and more importantly will it give me practical advice on how to help my daughter?
Thank you so much for your time.
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Dr. Mike Bradley
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