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Department
Child Development
Course
CD-0068
Professor
Tama Leventhal
Semester
Fall

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Eating Disorder (Guest) 04/15/2014 Facts (MEDA Website – Multi Service Eating Disorder Association) Anorexia is very fatal  Bulimia is also traumatic on the body (e.g. can cause heart attacks) Even if people do not fall into the exact DSM category, many people fall into a continuum a disordered  eating (extreme exercise, dieting, etc.) Disordered eating starts early 20% of normal weight girls in 4  grade think that they’re fat Dieting across college campuses (>90% of women have tried to control their weight by dieting) Part of safety for is working with a team (nutritionist, primary care physician, possibly psychiatrist, may also  be part of a group) Talk Therapy Foundation of her style Also weaves in techniques of body awareness, mindfulness body expression/awareness, and expressive  therapies (movement, photography, psychodrama, art, etc.) Clients can articulate their experiences over and over, but doesn’t always lead to change  Essential piece in psychotherapy is to slow down their thinking and connect the mind to creativity and  awareness  Mindfulness and body awareness leads to deeper compassion for the self  Skills Practice Teaching the client a repertory of skills to engage in instead of eating disorder behaviors (restricting food,  compulsive exercise, binging, purging by using self­vomiting or laxatives) Eating disorders understood as addictive behaviors, even if client knows that she needs to change  Hard to lessen the grip of the addiction Treatment difficult because patients need to rework their relationships with food, can’t abstain from alcohol  altogether (like you would with alcohol) DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) – branches of skills  Common sense and easy skills Distract (watching TV, calling someone, going for a walk) Delay (negotiate with self to not use that behavior for an hour and then see how strong the urge is after an  hour) Example case: A client said that she was able to make a bargain with herself not to binge for an hour (distracted self during  this), after the hour was up she renegotiated herself to take another hour, and after that she didn’t want to  waste Next morning: felt tired, almost discouraged, that so many more “rounds” of the battle lay ahead Pressure to have to succeed again Giving into the urge and repeating it would have maybe been easier Response: eac
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