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.
Introduction -- "Who's that girl?" An anorexic girl's search for identity and fear of contamination by the damaged (internal) parental couple -- Eating disorders in adolescence: the function of receiving -- Paula's secret: an adolescent with bulimia -- The uncovering of a lack of identity -- "I didn't want to die, but I had to": the pervasive refusal syndrome -- Some reflections on the processes of projection and introjection in eating disorders -- An anorexic girl's relationship to a very damaged persecutory internal object and its impact on her illness -- Fantasies concerning body functioning in an anorexic adolescent