A form of intervention involving family members that is helpful as a means of dealing with psychopathology that may result from the relationship dynamics within the family.
Self-starvation reported in classical and medieval times, often as a means of achieving heightened spirituality amongst religious devotees.
A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) which reduces the uptake of serotonin in the brain and is taken to treat depression.
A person’s negative, subjective appraisal of himself or herself.
Family-based, staged therapy for eating disorders.
Family Systems Theory
A theory which argues that the sufferer may be embedded in a dysfunctional family structure that actively promotes psychopathology.
Lack of Conflict Resolution
A characteristic of family systems theory where families avoid conflict or are in a continual state of conflict.
A part of the hypothalamus. Lesions to the lateral hypothalamus cause appetite loss resulting in a self-starvation syndrome which is behaviourally similar to that found in anorexia.