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Group Therapy with Children and Adolescents
An adolescent group that shall form the focus of this paper is one that is currently in a program for adolescents living with eating disorders. This is a program that uses group therapy to help adolescents that are dealing with eating disorders and the negative effects associated with eating disorders. Eating disorders in adolescents are common and they normally present or cooccur with other psychiatric disorders and complications. For instance, anorexia is known to be associated with depression as well as suicidal ideation (Lian et al., 2017). It is also associated with organ compromise (Moore & Bokor, 2020). The risk of mortality cannot be ignored. In fact, scholars suggest that increasing in treatment coverage when it comes to eating disorders significantly reduces the mortality that is associated with such disorders (Ward et al., 2019). This is why programs like the current one is very important to adolescents.
In the program, cognitive behavioral group therapy is used with a view of addressing the maladaptive thoughts that the teenagers have about themselves and even about their eating habits. They are encouraged to see the connection between their poor health and their behaviors. They are also encouraged and empowered to overcome the urge to participate in their behaviors because of their negative beliefs. For instance, in those that are diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, the therapy is structured in a way that makes them have a different attituded and perception about their body size and shape. The expected outcomes of the program and after implementing the said approach is that the adolescents will have the ability to overcome their desire to take part in the disruptive eating behavior and they will start to have a positive attitude towards eating healthy and exercising to maintain a healthy body weight.
One of the participants in the group is a girl that was diagnosed with anorexia and she has been having this disorder for about 3 years. The parents did not consider taking her to a psychiatric and mental health practitioner until she was hospitalized because of the complications associated with the disorder. Using the said approach, the adolescent reported that she has not been avoiding the intake of energy as much as before and she reported that she was willing to develop and completely healthy habit. However, the parents reported that she starte