Books

Here are some of the books that June has authored, co-authored and edited.

  • Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders: The Diary Healer

    Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders: The Diary Healer

    Above all, the catalyst for this book was a desire to explore and reveal through the unsolicited diaries of patients, the potential of diary writing as a therapeutic tool in self-renewal and healing. The story behind Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders: The Diary Healer began in 1962, when I developed an eating disorder and began to keep a diary. I was 11 years old and did not understand why I was too afraid to eat, or why I could not sit still. My frustrated mother, unaware that my head was filled with bossy thoughts and compelling fear, criticized my behavior and compounded my guilt. I retreated and became withdrawn. Then, for Christmas that year, the gift of..

  • A Girl Called Tim

    A Girl Called Tim

    Overview I was 11 years old, in Grade Six at primary school, when I developed a mental illness called anorexia nervosa. It starved my body and I became emaciated. Eventually I gained weight and everyone, including me, thought I was well again. But anorexia hid inside my brain, and continued to sabotage my mental and emotional health. My memoir is written almost entirely from my diaries, which I began writing at the age of 12. The process of diary writing was important for, although not aware of this at the time, it helped me stay alive. Many years on, when I summoned the courage to read my journals, I was rewarded with a heightened understanding of self, of the influences..

  • Anorexia Nervosa – A Recovery Guide for Sufferers, Families and Friends

    Anorexia Nervosa – A Recovery Guide for Sufferers, Families and Friends

    The highly respected and widely known Anorexia Nervosa: A Survival Guide for Sufferers and Friends was written in 1997. This long-awaited new edition builds on the work of the first book, providing essential new and updated research outcomes on anorexia nervosa. Anorexia Nervosa: A Recovery Guide for Sufferers, Families and Friends, offers a unique insight and guidance into the recovery process for those who suffer from an eating disorder as well as advice and information for their loved ones. Written collaboratively by both an expert in the field and someone with personal experience of eating disorders, this book offers exceptional understanding of the issues surrounding the illness. Divided into four sections, it includes: an outline of anorexia nervosa coping strategies..

  • Getting Better Bite by Bite – A survival kit for sufferers of bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders

    Getting Better Bite by Bite – A survival kit for sufferers of bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders

    Getting Better Bite by Bite is a survival kit for sufferers of bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders. Every page of this self-help book carries the message that recovery from bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders is possible, at every age. Getting Better Bite by Bite does not pretend that recovery from an eating disorder is easy. Instead it arms you with skills and knowledge to make your recovery journey as smooth and rewarding as possible. Nothing Glamorous or Desirable There is nothing glamorous or desirable about bulimia or binge eating. Getting Better Bite by Bite portrays what life is really like, living with these illnesses. Much mystique remains. Misconceptions and misinformation abound about the causes, the health risks and..

  • Ed says U said – Eating Disorder Translator

    Ed says U said – Eating Disorder Translator

    Understanding the voice of anorexia has felt at times like I am talking a different version of English with my daughter – when I try to provide positive feedback, it is read as failure for her or that she is fat. When she says a particular food is awful, I am constantly challenged trying to decide if she is giving clues as to what she actually wants me to make her eat. ~ Mother Anorexia is more than being thin – that’s really the smaller part. When my sister got sick that wasn’t what worried me, it was how different she was, and how she was changing mentally – the way the illness overshadowed her mind was really odd. Although I..

  • A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders

    A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders

    Help is here with new textbook The Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders, (CEDD) Sydney, offers this recommendation: A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders by June Alexander & Janet Treasure draws on up-to-date evidence based research as well as case studies and clinical vignettes to illustrate the seriousness of eating disorders and the impact on both the sufferer and their loved ones. With contributions from key international figures in the field, this book is a valuable resource for students and mental health professionals including family doctors, clinicians, nurses, family therapists, dieticians and social workers. While many aspects of eating disorders remain a mystery, there is growing evidence that collaboration is an essential element for treatment success. This book emphasises and explains..

  • A Clinician’s Guide to Binge Eating Disorder

    A Clinician’s Guide to Binge Eating Disorder

    Advocacy is engendering the collective will to change “Ultimately, what is true for the individual is true for the community: motivation is essential for change. Unfortunately, change is expensive, consuming time, energy and money …  … Effective motivation requires engagement and, while many strides have been made toward community engagement, much greater unity and broader involvement  is  possible.  It  is our hope that this volume represents a step in the direction of engagement of clinicians, researchers, patients, carers, policy makers, and members of the community in a joint endeavor to eliminate BED. To the degree that it promotes conversation among all of us whose lives are touched by BED, its purpose will have been well served.” Michael J. Devlin, Stephen..

  • Come As You Are: Eating Disorders Can’t Wait

    Come As You Are: Eating Disorders Can’t Wait

    Welcome to this collection of stories selected to celebrate and promote eating disorder advocacy and awareness. The compelling title of this book, Come as you are, eating disorders can’t wait, comes from the 2019 themes of two awareness campaigns – that of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) in the United States, and World Eating Disorders Day. The stories have been chosen to connect with these themes, and to encourage you to share your story, in a safe and supportive environment, too. Buy Direct Online June’s book, Come as you are, eating disorders can’t wait can be opened and read on laptops, PC’s, iPads and other devices. Only $9.97 AUD per version. If you are based outside of Australia, the price..

  • Hope at Every Age – Developing an Appetite for Recovery

    Hope at Every Age – Developing an Appetite for Recovery

    I am in Sixth Grade at school and I am developing Anorexia Nervosa. My parents are worried sick about me. They think I won’t make it to my 12th birthday. No one understands me. I don’t understand, either. I only know that I have to lose weight. I am too scared to eat. Food makes me anxious. Powerful thoughts drive me to eat less and exercise more every day. It is like something has taken over my brain, telling me what to do, and punishing me if I disobey. If in reading this you recognize yourself or someone you love – keep reading. Even though I got worse: much, much worse, I want you to know that I got better. There..

  • My Kid is Back – Empowering Parents to Beat Anorexia Nervosa.

    My Kid is Back – Empowering Parents to Beat Anorexia Nervosa.

    A global message June is travelling the world to raise raise awareness of the importance of family involvement and support in the treatment of eating disorders. This picture was taken at the Academy for Eating Disorders’ annual conference in Salzburg in 2010. My Kid is Back explains how family-based treatment can greatly reduce the severity of anorexia nervosa in children and adolescents, allowing the sufferer to return to normal eating patterns, and their families to return to normal family life. In this book ten families share their experiences of living with anorexia. Parents describe their frustrations in seeking help for their child and dealing with their behaviour and sufferers discuss how the illness gets into their mind and takes over..