"Meanwhile I'm a Convinced 'Psychosomat'"—Case-Study of a Young Female Adult With Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 and Severe Anorexia


  • Barbara Bräutigam
  • Gerhard Danzer Ruppiner Kliniken GmbH




Diabetes mellitus type 1, eating disorder, Operationalizing Psychodynamic Diagnoses, management of conflicts


We report about a 19-year-old female patient with diabetes mellitus type 1 and severe anorexia, who presented with life-threatening unstable metabolic imbalance. It is illustrated how these two illnesses interfere and influence each other and how they may be used to express two central conflicts, which are described in the Operationalizing Psychodynamic Diagnoses (OPD). This paper describes in particular the significant role of the psychotherapist who has to manage the conflicting emotions of the patient. Furthermore, the dilemma in the treatment is also discussed. On the one hand there is the attitude that treatment should be based on dialogue, care and understanding, yet on the other hand the treatment options should not be discussed with the patients. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0501366


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Author Biographies

Barbara Bräutigam

Dr. phil. Barbara BRÄUTIGAM, Dipl. psych., geb. 1969 in Berlin, systemische Familientherapeutin, psychologische Psychotherapeutin, integrative Kinder- und Jugendlichenpsychotherapeutin und promovierte Erziehungswissenschaftlerin.

Gerhard Danzer, Ruppiner Kliniken GmbH

Prof. Dr. med, Dr. phil. Gerhard DANZER, geb. 1956 in Passau, Professor für Psychosomatik und medizinische Anthropologie, Internist, Diplompsychologe und Psychotherapeut, Oberarzt an der Abteilung für Psychosomatische Medizin an der Berliner Charité und Leiter des Bereiches für Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie der Ruppiner Kliniken GmbH.



How to Cite

Bräutigam, B., & Danzer, G. (2005). "Meanwhile I’m a Convinced ’Psychosomat’"—Case-Study of a Young Female Adult With Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 and Severe Anorexia. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-6.1.517