In this episode I talk to Molly Fennig, a clinical psychologist in training at the Minnesota Centre for Eating Disorder Research and author of the young adult novel ‘Starvation’. Her second novel tells the story of a Wes, a 16 year old struggling with bulimia and anorexia.
In this episode we speak about
– Her specialisation in mental illness writing and an insight into her book.
– The comorbidity between eating disorders and anxiety and why anxiety may be considered easier to treat despite them being linked.
– Recognising triggers in loved ones with a disorder and how to communicate.
– Her therapy dog called Peaches and the use of emotional support animals
– Issues with rigid diagnosis manuals and an exploration of pros and cons and stigmas relating to medication.
– Her own area of research at the University of Minnesota and how treatment to change behaviour should be more accessible.
Please remember that this podcast shares opinions and information, it isn’t for the diagnosis or treatment of an eating disorder, mental or physical health issues.