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Virtual reality based experiential cognitive treatment of anorexia nervosa.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10619546     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The treatment of a 22-year old female university student diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa is described. In the study the Experiential Cognitive Therapy (ECT) was used: a relatively short-term, integrated, patient oriented approach that focuses on individual discovery. Main characteristic of this approach is the use of Virtual Reality, a new technology that allows the user to be immersed in a computer-generated virtual world. At the end of the in-patient treatment, the subject increased her bodily awareness joined to a reduction in her level of body dissatisfaction. Moreover, the patient presented a high degree of motivation to change. The results are discussed with regard to Vitousek, Watson and Wilson (1998, Clinical Psychology Review, 18(4), 391-420) proposal of using the Socratic Method to face denial and resistance of anorectic patients.
G Riva; M Bacchetta; M Baruffi; S Rinaldi; E Molinari
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of behavior therapy and experimental psychiatry     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0005-7916     ISO Abbreviation:  J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1999 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-01-31     Completed Date:  2000-01-31     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0245075     Medline TA:  J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  221-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Applied Technology for Neuro-Psychology Lab., Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Verbania, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Anorexia Nervosa / diagnosis,  psychology,  therapy*
Body Image*
Cognitive Therapy / methods*
Desensitization, Psychologic
Therapy, Computer-Assisted
User-Computer Interface*

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