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Anorexia Nervosa: Psycho-Spiritual Considerations in Recovery: Lessons Learned from the Recovered and Those who Successfully Treat Them

Author: Lisa Sosin

Publisher: VDM Verlag

ISBN 10: 363915181X
ISBN 13: 978-3639151817

Recovery from Anorexia Nervosa remains extremely difficult. In this text, the author presents a physical, psychological, social, and spiritual integration treatment model based on the literature. Next, results from a phenomenological analysis of documents, interviews with recovered women and expert clinicians, and observations at a residential treatment facility are presented, revealing the existence of intolerable emotional states that precede the development of the disorder and influence the process of recovery. Implications of the findings for counseling practice are provided, including the need for counselors to understand the adaptive and expressive function of Anorexia Nervosa, to include spiritual assessment in the comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, to utilize empirically based treatment strategies that recognize the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of sufferers, and to integrate, when appropriate, empirically supported spiritual interventions.