Sylvia K. – BASIS Flagstaff

BASIS Flagstaff Senior Sylvia K.

Silent But Deadly

Project/blog link: Silent But Deadly
BASIS Advisor: Karen Knappenberger
Internship location: NAU (online)
Onsite Mentor: Gregory Busath, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Project Abstract (2017)

Eating disorders (including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and OSFED—other specified feeding or eating disorder) have several different treatment options, but they also have high relapse rates. My senior research project will attempt to determine, through personal conversations with psychiatrists and treatment specialists, the most effective form of eating disorder treatment. Treatment options include cognitive behavioral therapy, inpatient therapy, and medication. Though all three are very common treatment methods, they are not all created equal. I will be looking into several inpatient clinics as well, interviewing the doctors and getting to know the facilities. My hypothesis is that if a chronic eating disorder patient receives cognitive behavioral therapy, they will have a smaller probability of relapse months after treatment ends. To me, eating disorders are a very personal topic, but on the larger scale they affect far more of us than we allow ourselves to realize. They are one of the most deadly mental illnesses, but are also more treatable than many other mental illnesses. By exploring treatment methods for eating disorders, I hope to inspire those around me to tap into their loved one’s potentially disordered eating habits, and determine the best route for treatment. I also hope to raise awareness by showing that these are indeed mental illnesses rather than merely social difficulties.

Silent But Deadly