The Treatment Of Eating Disorders

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Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too
Janessa Kongable
Abnormal Psychology
July 8, 2015

Eating disorders are complex, challenging, and sometimes life-threatening psychiatric illnesses. There are specific diagnostic criteria and symptoms a person must exhibit in order to be diagnosed with anorexia nervosa or bulimia. These symptoms primarily relate to a disturbance in eating pattern, weight loss, an intense fear of being fat, and a disturbed body image. The etiology of eating disorders is not clearly understood, but psychological, sociocultural, and biological factors need to be considered. The treatment approach for anorexia nervosa and bulimia is also challenging and can present with serious medical complications and potentially death if not properly addressed. Recovery is possible, and the case study of Jenni Schaefer, who suffered from anorexia nervosa, binge-purge subtype since her childhood is presented to share this message of hope. More research is needed to help further understand the characteristics, cause, and treatment of eating disorders.

An eating disorder is one of the most life-threatening and complicated psychiatric diagnosis there is in mental health care (Nevid, Rathus, and Greene, 2014). One would think the treatment would be simple, “just eat, and things will be better.” However, the recovery process is much more complex and challenging. The book,

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