The use of effective treatments: The case of an adolescent girl with anorexia nervosa in the context of a conversion disorder

Mandy Goldstein*, Sloane Madden, Lorna Peters

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    Abstract

    The use of empirically supported treatment (EST) has been shown to enhance treatment outcome. The purpose of this case study was to suggest that ESTs further encourage effective reconceptualisation and the ongoing delivery of effective treatment, especially in the case of complex or atypical presentations or response to treatment. This report describes the case of an adolescent girl who underwent Maudsley family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa (AN) for a period of 12 months. Atypical response lead to an understanding of her presentation as representing a primary conversion disorder, within which AN symptoms were conceptualised as another somatic conversion of emotional distress. The report details her clinical presentation and management over the course of her illness. The case offers an important opportunity to explore the central role of the use of ESTs in guiding effective treatment delivery.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)214-223
    Number of pages10
    JournalClinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
    Volume18
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

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