Anorexia Case Study

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Running head: CASE STUDY ON ANOREXIA NERVOSA

Case study on Anorexia Nervosa

Index

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Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………….. 3

Client’s background ………………………………………………………………………. 5

Clinical history ……………………………………………………………………………. 6

Diagnosis ………………………………………………………………………………….. 6

Treatment goals and Planning …………………………………………………………….. 7

Discussion …………………………………………………………………………………. 8

References ………………………………………………………………………………… 10

Appendix ………………………………………………………………………………….. 12

Introduction

Anorexia nervosa is defined as an eating disorder characterized by the fear of becoming fat, and refusal of food. Several factors – psychological, interpersonal, and social - contribute to this disease.

Psychological factors consist of one feeling that one’s life is out of control, and having low self esteem. Interpersonal factors refer to one having discomfort in expressing personal feelings as family, and personal relationships are likely to be characterized by conflict, and criticism. Social factors refer to the cultural pressures that place an emphasis on one’s appearance, specifically to be thin.

Some of the main effects of anorexia are drastic weight loss, constipation, disrupted menstrual cycles or no period at all, dizzy spells, fainting, abdominal pains, muscle weakness, poor circulation, bloating, dehydration, brittle nails, osteoporosis, and dry skin, that is often yellow.

The journal published by Laura Canetti, Kyra Kanyas, and Bernard Lerer highlights the relationship between parental bonding and anorexia nervosa. It is proven that the severities of symptoms were associated with a controlling father and a less caring parent. Current studies show that an intergenerational effect was present among anorexic participants; parental characteristics of a maternal grandmother care may play a role in the development of eating disorders in granddaughters.

The journal published by Grace Overbeke explains the content, impact and pressing concerns for the increasing popularity of pro-anorexia websites. She explains the power of influence the Internet has on society promoting anorexia. Results showed that pro-anorexia websites were popular as it gave patients a sense of identity, and belonging, but the impact of the websites were negative so we must keep in mind that although the internet is beneficial, it also comes with harmful effects.

The journal published by Araceli Gila, Josefina Castro, M. Jose Gomez and Josep Toro, compared social and body self esteem among adolescents. The journal pointed out the importance of self esteem and how it affects the way adolescents view their body image. Results were assessed using the psychometric properties of the SEED (Self-esteem in eating disorder). Results showed that adolescents with eating disorders have lower social and body self esteem than adolescents in general population.

A journal titled ‘Assessment of eating disorders’ consists of an objective data on the assessment and treatment outcome of clients, and has a brief summary aimed towards practicing clinicians regarding an assessment of those with eating disorders. The results of the different stages show that it is critically important to use a well validated and standardized assessment instrument while treating a patient in every phase.

The journal published by Kevin D. Wu investigates the link between the symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It also looks at the link between panic, depression and general stress. Research shows that anorexia is closely related to OCD. Results show a) that none of the OCD scales significantly predicted anorexia, b) panic and depression significantly predicted bulimia, and c) no support for a strong association between OCD, anorexia or bulimia.

A study by Anastasia Kitsantas, Tammy Dew Gilligan,...
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