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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


GARCIA ALBA, Carmen. Cognitive functioning in anorectic adolescents. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2003, n.87, pp.9-29. ISSN 2340-2733.

We started this research with the hypothesis that there is a disturbance in cognitive functioning of anorectic patients. With this purpose, we draw a comparative case/control study including 50 restricting-type anorectic patients (ANP), 50 depressed (DP) and 50 non patients as group control (NP), from 13 to 16 years old: everyone as evaluated with Rorschach test. We detected, in ANP, a processing work of the stimular field so good (Information Processing), a codification of the processed information adequately enough (Cognitive Mediation), but there are significant disturbances when the information, which has been gathered and translated to other codes, would be conceptualised and used as ideas (Ideation). In this area we sometimes found a slightly distorted thinking which occasionally is also similar to the delirious-type, passive, used in a rigid way and very inefficient/ unproductive; there also were differences in these cognitive processes from the obsessive thinking. We point out the difficulties of psychotherapeutic treatment and we consider that, when designing a global plan of therapeutic intervention, a part of it should include cognitive restructuring to modify this ideation.

Keywords : anorexia; ideation; Rorschach; adolescents.

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