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The Value of RET in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
A case study of the use of rational emotive therapy (RET) for an adolescent male's anorexia nervosa.
# 152924 | 962 words | 2 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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The paper describes a case study about an adolescent male named Aaron's. The paper focuses on Aaron's obsession with his performance on the track team and his need to control his life through meeting quantifiable weight and running goals, underlines the appropriateness of rational emotive therapy (RET) therapy for his condition of anorexia nervosa. The paper explains how this form of cognitive behavioral therapy can be applied to this patient, but points out that the therapist must ensure that Aaron's weight does not fall to such an unhealthy level that the young man is medically at risk. Furthermore, the paper notes that Aaron also shows signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and because of the physical risks of anorexia, and Aaron's development of osteopenia, it may be necessary to work with a medical doctor with experience in the treatment of eating disorders. Finally, the paper relates that RET treats the individual more than the family, and so some family counseling could be incorporated into Aaron's treatment.

From the Paper:

"Despite the fact that eating disorders are usually thought of solely as the affliction of young women, males can suffer from them as well. Aaron's symptoms suggests that his primary diagnosis is that of anorexia nervosa, a disease where the individual feels compelled to diet and feels 'fat' despite the fact that he or she is medically underweight, even emaciated. RET (rational emotive therapy), a form of cognitive behavioral therapy attempts to challenge the client's irrational beliefs. It has proven particularly effective in treating patients with eating disorders, and offers a structured, highly directive approach to the therapeutic process. RET sets clear, definable goals for the patient's behavior, which can be useful when the patient's physical health is a concern as well as his or her mental health (eating disorders have one of the highest fatality rates of any psychological condition).
"In RET, the therapist presses the client to let go of irrational beliefs through probing questioning and replace them with more rational and/or flexible ways of thinking. The cognitive, behavioral component of the therapy involves setting mutually-agreed upon therapeutic goals from session to session. Although RET is directive, ultimately the client is empowered to look at his or her life more clearly."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anorexia athletica. (2010). Eating Disorders Online. Retrieved October 24, 2010
  • Rational emotive therapy. (2010). Mind Disorders. Retrieved October 24, 2010 At

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