These lists give you the most common physical complaints mentioned to me by my patients.
For a complete patient self-report checklist, refer to The Body Factor in Healing the Hungry Self: The Diet-Free Solution to Lifelong Weight Management (Price, 1999).
In addition, you will also need to determine if there are singular or multiple collateral problems.
Initial Interview Questions: These are the questions you will want to cover in the first couple of sessions, along with the questions related to the eating disorder.
What the patient tells you will direct you to an area on which to focus.
You won’t have to ask all these questions, only the ones relevant to the areas of concern that emerge through your interactions with the patient.
Prerequisite: The Feast or Famine: The Etiology and Treatment of Eating Disorders course which includes etiology, diagnostic criteria, comprehensive treatment planning, assessment, and the holistic treatment approach.
For others, they fall quickly into extreme behaviors.
Frequency, intensity, and chronicity are the factors that define severity.
You’ll want to gain an understanding of the patient’s range of issues. In addition, physical complications, personality structure, and other kinds of impulsive behaviors complicate treatment, yet need to be addressed.
The eating disorder is the surface coping mechanism for all underlying mood and personality disturbances.
Medical Conditions: When a person enters therapy, an eating disorder is rarely the only problem.