By Alexander R. Lucas
Emotionally and bodily devastating, anorexia nervosa is the 3rd commonest power disorder in teenage ladies, remarkable one in each 2 hundred (boys merely make up 10% of all cases). And whereas there are a plethora of books at the topic, so much are both own money owed of restoration or makes an attempt to give an explanation for the sickness from just one point of view, be it psychoanalytic, behavioral, cultural, or organic.
Now, during this much-needed source, Dr. Alexander Lucas attracts on forty years of expertise, typically on the Mayo hospital, to provide transparent suggestions and authoritative suggestion on the right way to conquer anorexia nervosa. in line with his personal detailed examine with hundreds of thousands of sufferers, and notable a cautious stability among mental, cultural, and organic techniques, Dr. Lucas demystifies this doubtless irrational illness and courses mom and dad during the harrowing strategy of restoration. The e-book defines anorexia, illustrates the way it can evolve and the way universal it truly is, and descriptions all the things of the remedy procedure, from the early symptoms that oldsters should still beware of, to the preliminary assessment, to precise treatments. Dr. Lucas emphasizes the patient's position in defining the therapeutic approach, with the aid of the kin and clinical staff. in the course of the ebook, he counsels optimism, stressing that during spite of the damaging energy of the disorder, such a lot that suffer from anorexia nervosa absolutely get better and may be able to reside basic, fit, and efficient lives.
For a person looking level-headed, medically sound, and complete counsel at the foremost remedies for this life-threatening disease, Demystifying Anorexia Nervosa deals a wealth of trustworthy, reassuring details.
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These studies are discussed in Chapter 13 on outcome. One must remember that these studies included only patients very severely ill with anorexia nervosa. The less severely ill individuals—those who are seen as outpatients and some of those who may never have come to medical attention—often have a briefer duration of illness. It is after recovery that the diverse personalities of patients with anorexia nervosa assert themselves again. Just as many roads lead to anorexia nervosa, the roads traveled diverge and go in many directions once the illness is over.
Not until the 1960s did anyone try to determine the frequency of the disorder in the population. 3 From these records he estimated the frequency of the disorder in the surrounding population, assuming that the patients had come from the region served by the hospital. Theander found an increase in the numbers during that time, but cautioned that the increase might be more apparent than real because of better identification of the disorder. 4,5,6,7 The incidence figures for new cases per year rose from less than one per 100,000 individuals before 1960 to 4 per 100,000 individuals in 1980.
Once dieting and weight loss have progressed to the point that starvation has set in, it becomes difficult for vulnerable individuals to stop dieting. The response to starvation was studied in conscientious objec9 tors during World War II by Ancel Keys at the University of Minnesota. Profound biological and psychological changes occurred among these people, similar to those observed among patients with anorexia nervosa. The vicious circle that is set in motion is relentless and becomes self-perpetuating.
Demystifying Anorexia Nervosa: An Optimistic Guide to Understanding and Healing by Alexander R. Lucas