What if clinicians ask that question that we ask patients so often “Is there a different, more workable, way of thinking about this?” As always, the answer is yes.
Until I began reading the blogs of Laura Collins, I had never heard of anosognisia. This is apparently a common problem in several brain diseases which where the sufferer no insight or is unaware of the illness. It occurs in neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease and after strokes. It can also be a feature of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Some FMRI pictures and more information can be found here.
Im not sure if it has ever been studied in anorexia nervosa. Im not sure if it would be preexisting and exacerbated by starvation, or caused by starvation.
It important though for us to hold information in a way that may help us see that anorexia nervosa is not a willful choice. Holding this stance is incredibly helpful for therapist (and hence their patients).