Annals of Anorexia

Anorexia not only plagues the person suffering from it, but those around them. This relity was played out most tragically in the case of Dubliner Lynn Gibbs and her daughter Ciara. Ciara was diagnosed with anorexia in 2006 and her mother Lynn, a psychiatrist, became increasingly depressed herself as her daughter's condition worsened. And then, on November 26, believing that Ciara would never recover from her anorexia, Gibbs drowned her 16-year old daughter in the bathtub and then attempted to kill herself. (She failed.) Gibbs, who suffered from both anorexia herself, told a court: "I believed there was no hope for Ciara or myself. I planned that we'd both die." At her trial, her husband could only say, "She loved Ciara." [Daily Mail]