Chapter 10

Eating Disorders

Set C

Family Therapy

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.

Holy Anorexia

Self-starvation reported in classical and medieval times, often as a means of achieving heightened spirituality amongst religious devotees.

Fluoxetine (Prozac)

A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) which reduces the uptake of serotonin in the brain and is taken to treat depression.

Low Self-Esteem

A person’s negative, subjective appraisal of himself or herself.

Maudsley Approach

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.

Lateral Hypothalamus

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.