Anorexia nervosa: aspects of care and treatment


  • C. A. Armstrong-Esther Ph.D. B.Sc. S.R.N. R.N.T. Dip.Ed.

    1. Lecturer in Charge of Nursing Studies, Department of Human Biology and Health, University of Surrey
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The literature concerned with anorexia nervosa is reviewed. The picture of a distinct, psychogenic syndrome emerges with a phobia about weight gain and preoccupation with eating. The illness occurs in young people and may take an obsessional or hysterical form. Treatment, in the first instance, consists of restoring calorific deficiency and body weight and attempting to prevent relapses. In this the nurse has a major role to play in supportive psychotherapy.