The available treatments of Eating Disorders (EDs) mirror an excessive focus on symptoms to be eliminated rather than on the acknowledgment of what is relevant from the patient's perspective. This Editorial offers a critical review of the limitations of the DSM-5-oriented approaches, as well as of their extreme consequences, namely ocularcentrism, nosographism, and paternalistic moralism. To overcome these limitations, it is suggested to get back to Psychopathology as the basic science of psychiatric practice whose aim is to grasp the distinctly personal dimension of the patient's experience and to connect understanding with care. With the help of Psychopathology, clinicians engaged in the treatment of ED patients will better make sense of what it is like to suffer from these disorders and be encouraged to suspend their judgment and take patient's perspective in the light of their troubled existence which is rich in meanings and not merely in abnormal beliefs and trivial anomalous behavior. According to these principles, treatment is a journey shared with the patient, which allows her/him to feel recognized and accepted in terms of her/his individuality.

From the patients' perspective: what it is like to suffer from eating disorders / Stanghellini, Giovanni; Daga, Giovanni Abbate; Ricca, Valdo. - In: EATING AND WEIGHT DISORDERS. - ISSN 1124-4909. - ELETTRONICO. - 26:(2021), pp. 751-755. [10.1007/s40519-020-00913-8]

From the patients' perspective: what it is like to suffer from eating disorders

Stanghellini, Giovanni;Daga, Giovanni Abbate;Ricca, Valdo
2021

Abstract

The available treatments of Eating Disorders (EDs) mirror an excessive focus on symptoms to be eliminated rather than on the acknowledgment of what is relevant from the patient's perspective. This Editorial offers a critical review of the limitations of the DSM-5-oriented approaches, as well as of their extreme consequences, namely ocularcentrism, nosographism, and paternalistic moralism. To overcome these limitations, it is suggested to get back to Psychopathology as the basic science of psychiatric practice whose aim is to grasp the distinctly personal dimension of the patient's experience and to connect understanding with care. With the help of Psychopathology, clinicians engaged in the treatment of ED patients will better make sense of what it is like to suffer from these disorders and be encouraged to suspend their judgment and take patient's perspective in the light of their troubled existence which is rich in meanings and not merely in abnormal beliefs and trivial anomalous behavior. According to these principles, treatment is a journey shared with the patient, which allows her/him to feel recognized and accepted in terms of her/his individuality.
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