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Understanding the eating-disordered patient: engaging the concrete.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2009411     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Anorexic patients typically present major obstacles when beginning psychotherapy, including a tendency to focus concretely on their food- and weight-related symptoms. The author seeks to clarify the meaning of this "concrete attitude" and presents a treatment approach that accepts the anorexic person's "limitations." The case of a 14-year-old anorexic girl illustrates how acceptance and understanding of the patient's concrete attitude, especially during the initial phase of treatment, can reduce the probability of a therapeutic impasse and can enhance the treatment process.
M L Miller
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0025-9284     ISO Abbreviation:  Bull Menninger Clin     Publication Date:  1991  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-05-06     Completed Date:  1991-05-06     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7507032     Medline TA:  Bull Menninger Clin     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  85-95     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York.
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MeSH Terms
Anorexia Nervosa / psychology*,  therapy
Body Image
Defense Mechanisms
Psychoanalytic Theory
Psychoanalytic Therapy / methods*
Reality Testing*

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