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Identical twins concordant for anorexia nervosa. A preliminary case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1168539     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This case described the symptoms of anorexia nervosa occurring in identical twins. The problems of twinship, especially the failure to establish separate identities, complicated the more general psychological issues facing these adolescents in a disturbed family. In therapy the core issues of the anorexic patient persist--disturbance of body image, misinterpretation of body stimuli and a sense of ineffectiveness. Up to now therapy seems to have improved family function, making it easier for them to coexist and decreasing the feelings of hostility and negativism felt between the parents and the twins. Eating behaviour presently focuses on the twins' need to have equal amounts of food but less emphasis is placed on the food as an area of conflict for the family.
S L Debow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian Psychiatric Association journal     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0008-4824     ISO Abbreviation:  Can Psychiatr Assoc J     Publication Date:  1975 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1975-07-28     Completed Date:  1975-07-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0414266     Medline TA:  Can Psychiatr Assoc J     Country:  CANADA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  215-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anorexia Nervosa / genetics*
Body Image
Diseases in Twins*
Family Therapy
Feeding Behavior
Parent-Child Relations
Psychological Tests
Sibling Relations
Twins, Monozygotic

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