The psychodynamic approach views behaviors as derivatives of internal conflicts, motives and unconscious forces. The belief is that if behaviors are discontinued without addressing the underlying motives that are driving them, that relapse will occur. Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the patient's underlying needs and issues and are assumed to disappear with the completion of working through these issues. The psychodynamic model does not address nutritional issues, food-related symptoms or behavioral rituals of the eating disorder. Source: A. Natenshon, "When your child has an eating disorder" (1999).
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