A conversation on why listening to the patient’s story counts

img_3828The patient’s story counts. Growing recognition of this truth, that the narrative has an important role to play in illness recovery, is heartening. This is  particularly so in the field of eating disorders where many mysteries remain. Listening to the patient can provide the researcher, the clinician, the therapist, the family caregivers, and the patients themselves, with clues for understanding and treating this complex and multi-faced illness. Besides listening, writing is important. Keeping a diary provides a chronicle that can provide release in the moment and a valuable record for later reflection. I explain why in my conversation in this podcast.
using-writing-as-a-therapy-for-eating-disorders_fawEmbedded in the podcast conversation links below you will hear a deep-felt

My Kid is Back - by June Alexander and Daniel Le Grange.

My Kid is Back – by June Alexander and Daniel Le Grange.

‘thank you’ from me to two researchers, Professor Daniel Le Grange, and Professor Michael Levine, for their encouragement and support in pursuing my passions for writing and raising awareness and helping to solve the mystery of eating disorders. These two people, along with many others, have greatly assisted my ongoing recovery from a long term eating disorder, by listening to my story, and believing in me.
The podcast was recorded during the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) International Conference in San Francisco in May this year. The episode and information on the episode can be found here.
The episode can also be dowloaded from iTunes or Google Play via
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ed-matters/id1173632000
https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Ipedpx4db7ehbqhvytfkbi6hvrm