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Psychiatry Investigation 2006;3(1):107-11.
Art Therapy: Another Tool for the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa
Hae-Young Jeong, MSc; and Youl-Ri Kim, MD
Eating Disorders Clinic, Department of Neuropsychiatry, Inje University Seoul Paik Hospital, Seoul, Korea
Abstract


Objective
: To introduce art therapy as a psychological approach, with the aim of helping individuals with anorexia nervosa to achieve body/self-awareness and a secure sense of identity.

Method: Case study, in which analysis of the psychological improvement is followed by a focus on reducing risk, encouraging weight gain and healthy eating, reducing other symptoms related to anorexia nervosa, and facilitating psychological and physical recovery.


Results
:
This individual with anorexia nervosa evidence good improvement follow-ing a brief intervention with art therapy treatment combined with other multimodal approach.


Conclusion
:
This case report warrants more controlled research into the evidence-based treatment of art therapy in anorexia nervosa.

Key words   Anorexia nervosa;Eating disorders;Art therapy;Treatment;Psychological approach.


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