Psychodynamic Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia

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Early treatment literature on anorexia nervosa and bulimia reported almost exclusively on brief treatment approaches that entailed either psychopharmacological or cognitive-behavioral interventions. While this literature demonstrated that one-third of these patients were treatable with brief therapy and another one third showed improvement, the final one-third of these patients did not respond to brief interventions. Recent research indicates that this last group of patients may also suffer from significant ...

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Overview

Early treatment literature on anorexia nervosa and bulimia reported almost exclusively on brief treatment approaches that entailed either psychopharmacological or cognitive-behavioral interventions. While this literature demonstrated that one-third of these patients were treatable with brief therapy and another one third showed improvement, the final one-third of these patients did not respond to brief interventions. Recent research indicates that this last group of patients may also suffer from significant personality disorders or Axis II co-morbidity. Considered difficult to treat, these patients require longer term, informed individual psychotherapy. Designed specifically to address the challenges of this difficult-to-treat population, this volume is the first to focus exclusively on exploring eating disorders from a psychodynamic perspective.

Aspects of self/techniques/patients who also exhibit maso- chism, borderline personality/feminist psychodynamic persp.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Clinically rich and psychodynamically profound....Vast clinical experience and scholarship fill these pages, thus stimulating and expanding the readers conceptual thinking.... Dr. Johnson and his fellow authors address the critical issues of the day....The pleasure I derived from reading this insightful exegesis on eating disorders came both from having my thinking challenged and from having certain of my previously inchoate notions precisely articulated....Thank you, Dr. Johnson, for providing us with such a work."
--Alan Goodsitt, M.D., Director, Eating Disorders Service, Four Winds Hospital, Chicago
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

"Elegantly written, well edited....Treatment emphases are trenchantly welded together to provide the richest and most readable text on the subject....The seminal textbook. "--Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
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Reports by clinicians who have dealt with longer-term treatment of patients whose eating disorders are combined with significant personality disorders. Part I focuses on aspects of the self and questions of technique while part II addresses special sub-groups of eating disorder patients, including those who exhibit masochism or false-self/narcissistic disorders. Part III reflects feminist psychodynamic perspectives. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898625509
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/19/1990
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author


Craig L. Johnson, Laureate Psych. Clinic, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Table of Contents


I. ASPECTS OF THE SELF AND QUESTIONS OF TECHNIQUE.
1. Bulimia: A Displacement from Psychological Self to Body Self, Sugarman.
2. Bulimia, Dissociation, and Empathy: A Self-Psychological View, Sands.
3. Bruch Revisited: The Role of Interpretation of Transference and Resistance in the Psychotherapy of Eating Disorders, Swift.
4. Reflections on Boundaries in the Psychotherapeutic Relationship, Davis.
5. Managing Opposing Currents: An Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Technique for the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Stern.
II. SPECIAL SUBPOPULATIONS.
6. Masochism in Subclinical Eating Disorders, Lerner.
7. The Clinical Stages of Treatment for the Eating Disorder Patient with Borderline Personality Disorder, Dennis & Sansone.
8. Treatment of Eating Disordered Patients with Borderline and False-Self/Narcissistic Disorders, Johnson.
9. Toward an Understanding of Gender Identity Issues in Male Bulimia Nervosa, Schneider.
III. FEMINIST PSYCHODYNAMIC PERSPECTIVES.
10. New Maps of Development, New Models of Therapy: The Psychology of Women and the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Steiner-Adair.
11. Reflections on the Uses of Countertransference in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Wooley.
12. The Role of the Therapist in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: A Feminist Psychodynamic Approach, Kearney-Cooke.
IV. INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES.
13. Object Relations and the Family System: An Integrative Approach to Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders, Humphrey.
14. Disorders of the Self in Anorexia Nervosa: An Organismic Developmental Paradigm, Strober.
15. The Integration of Psychodynamic and Behavior Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: Clinical Issues versus Theoretical Mystique, Tobin & Johnson.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2008

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    This book comprises of stand alone chapters, each dealing with a different aspect of eating disorders in an insightful and theoretically sophisticated way.The book falls under the psychodynamic umbrella and includes a wide and diverse array of erudite and illuminating clinician/writers.Theory and case examples are used to illustrate points and advice regarding therapeutic thechnique is peppered throughout the book.It is such an extremely dense book that our monthly Psychodynamic Eating Disorder Group spent a year doing justice to this very inclusive, extremely helpful, educational book. A must for therapists who work in the area of eating disorders.

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