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Anorexia Nervosa - Psychopathology PSYC 3313 Fall 2007...

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Psychopathology PSYC 3313 Fall 2007 Template for chapters in Oltmanns, Neale & Davison’s book Chapter: 17 Description of the problem: In one year Joan lost more than 100 pounds. She constantly measured and weighed all food, as well as only consuming coffee and sometimes a light snack during the course of a day. When Joan had meals with others she would only play with her food, and then after the meal, went directly to the bathroom and took laxatives. Although she was starving, she constantly thought about food but refused to eat for fear of gaining weight. She considered her weight as being the aspect of her life that she was in control of, and with this felt a sense of accomplishment and pride in not eating. She also experienced physical problems such as no menstruation, liver problems, dry skin, unhealthy hair, and dizzy spells when standing up. Later on, Joan started binge eating. She would take extra laxatives during binges and during the off-days she returned to a strict liquid and fruit diet. Social History: Joan grew up in a suburban northeastern city. She came from a family of one younger brother, a stay at home mom, and a working father.
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