Brandy Case Study

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Described within the vignette is a nineteen year old teenager named Brandy. Similar to girls her age, Brandy has difficulties dealing with her body image and self-esteem. For instance, she experiences hopelessness, isolation, sadness, and anxiety that all contribute to Brandy’s acknowledgement of her physical appearance. She completely overestimates her body size to the point of taking dieting pills then defaulting to purging. During the typical day, the meals are scarce but healthy compared to a bad day full of unhealthy snacking. Lastly, her family predicament is not a supportive one at that. Her mother was obese so she constantly dieted while Brandy’s father illustrated signs of sexual interest although he never physically touched her.…show more content…
Although Brandy does not go on direct binges, she does pig out on candy and related junk food occasionally. Second, she tries to eat healthy and has defaulted to purging in order to stay skinny. Therefore, Brandy meets the second condition on the DSM-5 checklist for bulimia nervosa: “inappropriate behavior in order to prevent weight gain” (Comer, 2013, p.320). Nonetheless, instead of her symptoms lasting longer than a week, the side-effects of her condition continue endlessly. Lastly, all the signs and symptoms negatively impact Brandy’s self-esteem and self-concept. One could say the entire problem has an “undue influence of weight or shape on self-evaluation” (Comer, 2013, p.320). For example, Brandy believes no one wants to be around her because they are disgusted by her weight and overall appearance. Therefore, she shuts herself off from her friends and society. When individuals start paying too much attention, she begins to feel nervous and…show more content…
Honestly, all the treatment plans in the world may fix a problem but there will always be a reoccurrence if support from friends and family is not provided. For instance, going through family therapy is a positive option to choose from when trying to treat a disorder. Also with outside influences contributing to Brandy’s disorder, there is a limited chance she will recover completely. For example, societal pressures from coworkers contribute to her prognosis alongside her parents influence. Brandy’s family environment is rather negative considering her mom’s own personal weight issue and her father’s sexual overtones. In conclusion, if Brandy does recover, there is a high chance she will have a relapse and turn to her previous pathways. However, there is always hope she overcomes her issues after treatment and eventually find a supportive base of
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