The anorexic self vs. the authentic self : a systematic and integrative guide in the adult treatment of anorexia nervosa

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Morgan, Kelly J.
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2008
Anorexia nervosa is a serious and persistent mental health disorder that has the highest mortality risk and suicide rate of any psychiatric illness in the Western world. Anorexia nervosa presents a challenge to understand on almost every level. Treatment outcomes for anorexia nervosa are often not optimistic, and treatment efficacy has been under-researched. Informed by an extensive literature review, a systematic and integrative guide addressing the anorexic self in anorexia nervosa was designed specifically for adult women currently struggling with the disease. Cognitive behavioural, interpersonal, and narrative therapeutic techniques attempt to uncover the nature of the anorexic identity and the extent to which it takes over a client’s sense of self. A therapeutic guide targeting the commonalities and uniqueness of anorexic clients provides a treatment alternative for clients who continually struggle with the anorexic identity. By initially treating the anorexic identity, clients may be able to identify cognitive distortions and recognize the control that the anorexic identity has over psychological, social, and behavioural wellbeing. The hope in designing and implementing an alternative approach for treating anorexia nervosa is that we will gain the ability to identify the core issues of the anorexic thought process and provide a unique healing experience for those involved in treatment.
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Campus Alberta Applied Psychology , Anorexia nervosa -- Treatment , Anorexia nervosa -- Patients -- Rehabilitation