Title: Emotions and eating disorders: Is their a place for working with emotions (‘such as emotional experiencing’) in the therapeutic work with ED patients?
Authors: Vanderlinden, Johan #
Issue Date: Feb-2009
Publisher: Pacini Editore S.p.A.
Host Document: Italian Journal of Psychopathology vol:15 issue:S1 pages:147-147
Conference: SOPSI edition:13 location:Roma date:10-14 february
Abstract: Many studies have been carried out between the relationship of emotions and eating disorders. In this paper an overview of the most important aspects that have been studied regarding this topic will be outlined. Several questions will be addressed: (1) what is the impact of fasting on the mood in general?; (2) how do eating disorder patients and families express and deal with their emotions?; (3) is their a deficit in the way eating disorders feel, identify, tolerate and communicate their emotions?; (4) is their a relationship between eating symptoms and the dealing with emotions?; (5) can the experiencing of negative emotions provoke an eating disorder?; (6) what can we learn from neurobiological studies of emotions in ED patients and most important (7) what can the therapist and clinician learn from all these research data? ; (8) is their a place for working with emotions (‘such as emotional experiencing’) in the therapeutic work with ED patients?
Some personal ideas on this very complex and difficult problem will be shared.


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Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Onderzoeksgroep psychodiagnostiek en psychopathologie (-)
# (joint) last author

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