Psychodynamic Perspectives on Eating Disorders

by by Robert C. Lane and Matthew D. Tolman



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/22/2008

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6.14x9.21
Page Count : 352
ISBN : 9781425138721

About the Book

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate among mental illnesses and are some of the most difficult disorders to treat. Perhaps some of the difficulty in treating eating disorders is the result of a lack of understanding of the complex issues that contribute to the development and maintenance of the pathological symptoms and behavior. This book offers a comprehensive look at eating disorders from a psychodynamic perspective. There are three chapters dedicated to Bulimia, five chapters dedicated to Anorexia, and several chapters devoted to related issues and case presentations. The etiology, dynamics, and symptomology of eating disorders are considered in the context of faulty ego-functioning, separation-individuation issues, disturbed object relations, and underlying anger that results from traumatic early experiences and traumatic relationships with parental figures. The close relationship between eating disorders and self-mutilation is explored in detail. As the mothers of anorexics have been described as controlling and rejecting while the fathers have been described as absent and emotionally unavailable, their role in the development of anorexia is also discussed. Three final chapters contain case discussions that illustrate the typical patient presentation, transference and countertransference barriers, and the themes that arise in the lives of the patient and in treatment. The book ends with a summary from the editors and commentary on the pertinent issues related to treatment.

About the Author

Dr. Lane has been chief psychologist, coordinator of training, dean, and director of psychology at a number of New York psychological organizations, and consultant to a number of hospitals. He spent 4 years in military service in WWII as a psychologist and 6 years in the VA, and 5 years as Chief Psychologist of the Psychiatric Section of the Psychology Department at Kingsbridge (Bronx) VAH.

Dr. Lane has been an APA member since 1944 and was the first graduate of the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the New York Freudian Society (1963), President of the Society for Psychoanalytic Training (1975-78,1980-82), Director of the Long Island Division of the New York Center for Psychoanalytic Training (1972-92), Treasurer of the New York Freudian Society, and a founding father of the Adelphi University Postdoctorate Psychoanalytic Program. Additionally, Dr. Lane was President of the Nassau County Psychological Association, President of the Clinical Division of NYSPA, served on the APA Council, and was recognized as a Distinguished Psychologist in 1984 by the National Academy of Practice.

Dr. Lane has published 3 books, has well over 100 publications and serves on the Editorial Board of 6 journals. He has received the Distinguished Writer Award from the Society for Psychoanalytic Training and the New York Center for Psychoanalytic Training for "Outstanding Publications Relevant to Psychoanalytic Theory and/or Practice."

Presently he lives in Ft. Lauderdale and works at Nova Southeastern University where he is Psychoanalytic Scholar in Residence, Program Director of the Intensive Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Center, and Coordinator of the Psychodynamic Concentration.