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Beyond the Symptoms: Generalizations and Distinctions between Eating Disorders with Different Symptom Manifestations in Psychoanalysis

by Elder, Emily Johanna

Abstract

In an investigation of eating disorders from an object relations and self psychological perspective, which originally began as a personal inquiry into bulimia, the psychoanalytic framework for anorexia and bulimia is examined. Although these theories tend to generalize all disturbed relationships with food as “eating disorders” and discuss the category as a whole, considering the differences between anorexia and bulimia, in symptom manifestation, causation, and treatment, provides a more complete understanding of the eating disordered patient in her psychic structure and relationship with reality, the external world, and others. Ultimately, these differences complicate the approach to psychoanalytic treatment, but recognition of where anorexic and bulimic patients diverge may imbue the therapeutic space with new hope.

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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:26406
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
29 pages
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Department/Program
Classics - Psychoanalysis Minor
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2016-05