Understanding Gendered Realities: Mothers and Father Roles in Family Based Therapy for Adolescent Eating Disorders

AbstractEating disorders are serious and life threatening illnesses that typically present during adolescence. The current recommended treatment for adolescents diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa is Family-Based Therapy. Family-Based Therapy is a manualized treatment that empowers parents to temporarily take control of the eating disorder symptoms. However, literature often discusses the role of parents in treatment, yet the reality is that mothers are often tasked with the difficult role of interrupting symptoms for their adolescent, while fathers remain absent or, at best, a support to the mother. By removing the gender from literature, we are failing to examine ways to better support mothers and engage fathers in family-based treatment. Through the use of case studies and limited literature, this paper will examine how these mothering and fathering expectations surface in treatment, how they may be perpetuated by professionals, and the impact that these gendered expectations may have on mothers and fathers.
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

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CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest that the increase in plasma asprosin concentration in patients with AN may be a compensation for the body's energy shortage, and asprosin may be involved in the development of bulimia and lack of interoceptive awareness in AN patients. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Level III, case-control analytic study. PMID: 32026376 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Eating and weight disorders : EWD - Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Authors: Tags: Eat Weight Disord Source Type: research
Date: Wednesday, 02 19, 2020; Speaker: Philip S. Mehler, MD, Founder and Executive Medical Director, ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders, Denver Health , and Glassman Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of ; Building: Building 10 (Clinical Center); Lipsett Amphitheater; CME Credit; Videocast Event
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This article includes references to self-injury, intravenous drug use and disordered eating.* One in five US high school students have reported being bullied. Approximately 160,000 teenagers have skipped school as a preventative measure. I encountered bullies for the first time in second grade, in the midst of such an innocent time of my youth. I dreaded entering my elementary school classroom, as I was well aware of what my presence would entail. I endured both verbal and physical harassment from my fellow peers for nearly a decade. I was passive, inevitably leading to the acceptance of my “fate,” in addition ...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Addictions Anorexia Bullying Depression Eating Disorders Personal Stories Substance Abuse Addiction Recovery Anorexia Nervosa Drug Use heroin Self Harm Self Injury Source Type: news
AbstractPurpose of ReviewClinical observation and a growing body of empirical research point to an association between disordered eating and sexual function difficulties. The present review identifies and connects the current knowledge on sexual dysfunction in the eating disorders, and provides a theoretical framework for conceptualizing the association between these important health conditions.Recent FindingsResearch on sexuality and eating pathology has focused on clinical samples of women with anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN). All aspects of sexual response can be impacted in women with an eating disorder,...
Source: Current Sexual Health Reports - Category: Sexual Medicine Source Type: research
People with anorexia tend to severely restrict their food intake, while those with bulimia go through periods of overeating followed by unhealthful behaviors to ‘purge.’ Learn more here.
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eating Disorders Source Type: news
Conclusion: The mentalization profile is complex and varies across dimensions of mentalization in patients with an ED. Different degrees of mentalization between various EDs were found, implying the necessity for further research on mentalization profiles in different ED diagnoses. The sparse existing literature was a limitation for this meta-analysis, emphasizing that further research on the mentalization profile in patients with EDs is needed. PMID: 31910059 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Nord J Psychiatry Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that pregnancy and early life are vulnerable developmental periods when exposures may influence offspring mental health, including eating disorder risk, later in life. The results suggest that some events pose more global transdiagnostic risk whereas other patterns, such as increasing parental ages, appear more specific to EDs. PMID: 31910913 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Psychological Medicine - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Psychol Med Source Type: research
At first, Melanie Murphy was just following doctor’s orders. Murphy, then 19, had gained weight during a period of depression, and her doctor told her she should lose some. She went from 180 to 125 pounds in 18 months—and even when she knew it was time to stop slimming down, she couldn’t shake the need to chase a goal. Without weight loss, she needed a new target. That became finding the “perfect” diet, one that was clean and pure and would keep her healthy for years to come. At least, that was how she thought about it then. These days, she uses a different descriptor: “orthorexia,&rdquo...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Eating Disorder Source Type: news
In Reply We thank King and Ehrlich for their thoughtful Letter critiquing our meta-analysis that examined delay discounting as a transdiagnostic process in psychiatric disorders. In our article, we proposed that delay discounting, an index of impulsive decision-making, falls on a continuum. At the aggregate level, most disorders examined (eg, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, binge-eating disorder, and bulimia nervosa) exhibited steeper, more impulsive, delay discounting compared with controls, whereas people with anorexia nervosa exhibited shallower, less impulsiv...
Source: JAMA Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
To the Editor Amlung and colleagues published a meta-analysis of delay discounting (DD), a behavioral measure of impulsivity and self-control, including 57 effect sizes from 43 studies across 8 psychiatric diagnostic categories. Results indicated a greater preference for smaller immediate monetary rewards (ie, more impulsive decision-making) in 6 conditions (major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder) compared with controls but greater preference for larger delayed rewards (ie, more self-controlled choice) in anorexia nervosa. The findings ...
Source: JAMA Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
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