TO THE BONE
Abnormal Psychology: To the Bone
Part 1: The Character
The character that I elected to focus on in this case is Ellen, who later on changes her name to Eli. She is a 20-year old who finds herself confronting an eating disorder. From the presenting symptoms, the eating disorder in this case happens to be anorexia nervosa. A college dropout, Ellen is constantly confronted by a myriad personal fears and familial problems. After failing to make progress in earlier in-patient programs and practices, Ellen joins another group program managed by a rather unconventional doctor by the name of Dr. William Beckham. The other persons that she finds in this particular program are young adults who also happen to be struggling with disorders that are more or less similar to hers. It is from this point onwards that Ellen embarks on what could be described as a self-acceptance and discovery journey. She is able to find herself before it becomes too late to do so. To a large extent, Ellen, and others depicted in the film, are able to project an image of true perseverance.
As I have already pointed out, the character described above is ailing from anorexia nervosa, which, according to Gorwood et al. (2016), happens to be an eating disorder. In the movie, a number of presenting symptoms of the eating disorders are showcased. Further, the challenges that persons diagnosed with the said disorders encounter from time to time are highlighted.
Part 2: Diagnosis
It would be prudent to note that to be diagnosed with this particular disorder,...
To begin with, food intake restriction should be apparent resulting in the loss of significant weight to the extent that the said individual has body weight that happens to be significantly lower than that which would be ideal for a person of similar height, sex, as well as age. Secondly, a person has to have an unusual or extreme fear of weight gain. Third, a persons perspective of self as well as that of their circumstances (i.e. in as far as weight is concerned) ought to be distorted. For instance, in this case, a person could perceive themselves as being fat whereas in the actual sense they are underweight. Collectively, and from a professional perspective, such thought patterns are referred to as distortions. It would also be prudent to note that under DSM-5, anorexia nervosa could be placed in two sub categories. The said categories are; restricting type and purging type.
From my own observation, Ellen meets the diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa. This is more so the case given that she severally restricts her food intake with the result, over time, being the all too apparent loss of body weight. Further, Ellen has also on several occasions been shown to have intense fear of weight gain. For example, in one instance, at time 00:47:52, she makes this statement: I get all panicky even thinking about it, like, the world is gonna fall apart. This is in reference to her need to maintain her weight by ingesting small food portions. Also, at first instance, Ellen does not consider her condition to be…
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