Journal Article Review
Anorexia Nervosa is a mental condition in which has a drastic affects on an individual’s physical and mental stability. The condition causes the victim to have a distorted self-image which results in the individual decreasing food intake or burning more calories than the body has to spare though their body weight is already dangerously low. Anorexia nervosa is sometimes a fatal disease that most commonly strikes women between the ages of fifteen and thirty-five. The disease usually starts out as an innocent diet that leads to obsessive weight loss (47). In Anorexia Dreaming: A Case Study, Stephanie’s psychological disorder began at the tender age of fifteen. The case study focuses on a significant dream that brought Stephanie to face her deadly condition (49). Though there are many tactics therapist and doctors use to try to break the psychological cycle, the case study proves support and self ambition is needed to completely obtain recovery.
Stephanie spent a lot of time in and out of institutions for her condition. Stephanie, at the time, was five feet, six inches tall. She weighed approximately sixty-five pounds. In the week prior to her life-changing dream, Stephanie had just broken off her outpatient psychotherapy. Stephanie began to feel as if she was getting pressured, not helped. She seeked for guidance, yet all she received was advisement to go to the hospital. Stephanie had recovered temporarily after each hospital trip, but she did not want to waste time on a pseudorecovery. She felt as if she was given up on (44).
Though it took Stephanie an epiphanic dream to come into complete actualization, at age nineteen, Stephanie began to understand the life-threatening condition she suffered from. She dreamt she woke up in her room, but everything was different. The place on the wall where the window should have been was knocked out so she was able to see the pool in her...