Psychodynamic Reflections on Anorexia Nervosa

  • Edith Mitrany
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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to describe the author’s clinical experience with 30 cases of anorexia nervosa (AN) treated or supervised over the last 15 years. Table 104.1 indicates the gender distribution of this study, which is consistent with the data provided by other authors, i.e., a strong female dominance (90%). Although the average age of onset of the anorexia nervosa is 14.2 years, some patients presented for treatment years later. In some of the cases, ours was a second or third treatment attempt. Of the 30 patients, one was psychoanalyzed and the others were treated by individual psychotherapy, often coupled with family therapy.

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