Exploring Eating Disorders in Adolescents: The Generosity of Acceptance

Editor : Gianna Williams, Editor : Paul Williams, Editor : Kent Ravenscroft, Editor : Jane Desmarais

Exploring Eating Disorders in Adolescents: The Generosity of Acceptance

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The number of people suffering from different eating disorders has grown dramatically within the last twenty years. These two volumes examine feeding difficulties and eating disorders in children and adolescents, from babies to 19-year-olds. The volumes consist of clinical cases that describe the process of psychoanalytic psychotherapy used to treat the patients. The contributors look at the underlying causes for the disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia, lead to a normal life with the help of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In addition, this collection takes into account the profound effects eating disorders have, not only on the patients, but on their immediate family and friends as well.

'Many cases describe the anxieties and strategies of defence used against feelings of dependence and the risk of accepting from another. This is a core theme in both volumes and is the principle idea behind the paradoxical title, The Generosity of Acceptance. This title applies primarily to the struggle of some patients to accept from another, to become dependent on another, but it also refers to the need of clinicians to accept generously the sometimes violent projections of the patients. The gift of help often involves a risk of rejection, and the chapters in these two volumes vividly describe the courage and generosity it takes to persevere with patients suffering from serious eating disorders.'
- From the Introduction

Contributors to Volume II:
Sue Brough; Hélène Dubinsky; Jeanne Magagn; Roberta Mondadori; Diomira Petrelli; Emanuela Quagliata; Kent Ravenscroft; and Luisa Carbone Tirelli.

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Gianna Williams trained as a child and adult therapist and was part of the teaching staff of the Tavistock Clinic in the 1970s and later Consultant Psychotherapist at the Adolescent Department of the Tavistock, where in 1987 she founded the Eating Disorders Workshop. She has taught at the Tavistock Clinic and University of East London, and the Universities of Pisa and Bologna and has founded numerous courses based on the Tavistock model in Italy, France and Latin America.

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Paul Williams is a training and supervising analyst with The British Psychoanalytical Society and a member of the Royal Anthropological Institute. He was a consultant psychotherapist in the British National Health Service, retiring in 2010. From 2001-2007 he was Joint Editor-in-Chief, with Glen O. Gabbard, of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. He has published widely on the subject of severe disturbance. He lives and practises in Hampshire, UK.

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Jane Desmarais is Deputy Head of English in the Department of English & Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is co-author with Lawrence Goldie of Psychotherapy and the Treatment of Cancer Patients: Bearing Cancer in Mind (Routledge, 2005), and author and editor of a number of books, essays and articles on psychoanalysis, literature and visual arts. She is co-editor of two volumes on eating disorders in children and adolescents, and has written on anorexia and passive resistance in Hermann Melville’s 1853 tale, Bartleby. She is currently working on a series of projects about Decadence, including a book on skin based on the work of Didier Anzieu’s Le Moi-Peau.

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