If I were treating an individual that has been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa there would be many hardships and challenges I would have to deal with. It is most likely the challenges and hardships would overlook the positive outcomes. In order to treat a patient with anorexia nervosa, it is extremely important to have the most up to date knowledge on the disorder. So with the question presented, imagine that you are treating a patient for anorexia nervosa, which parts of treatment, might be challenging for you? Which might be most satisfying?
Firstly, the patient I would be working with would be assigned to a care team. So there would be other health care professionals working with the patient and not just myself (most likely). Under this care team my role would be one of the following; counselor, psychiatrist, a psychologist, nurse, dietician, or a pediatrician. Within this care team, communication and agreement on decisions for this patient is vital. If one of the health care individuals is not on the same page it could be detrimental to the patient. Despite what position I hold, it is important to know of any family issues and medical history. Also confidentiality and trust is extremely important when dealing with a patient with an eating disorder.
While treating this patient it would be important for me to start the treatment as early as possible, especially if someone has already lost a lot of weight. Also, I would need to remember that anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that makes individuals lose more weight than is considered healthy for their age and height. Also a high percentage of patients are in denial and are not willing to commit to treatment. In addition, the patient might not see this disorder as an illness, because people with anorexia do not see it as an illness, but instead promote it as a lifestyle choice. Dealing with denial could take months and in some cases even years. This would be a major challenge in my eyes as a...