The Enigma of Ana: A Psychoanalytic Exploration of Pro-Anorexia Internet Forums

@article{Wooldridge2014TheEO,
  title={The Enigma of Ana: A Psychoanalytic Exploration of Pro-Anorexia Internet Forums},
  author={Tom Wooldridge},
  journal={Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy},
  year={2014},
  volume={13},
  pages={202 - 216}
}
  • Tom Wooldridge
  • Published 3 July 2014
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy
In the form of chat rooms, newsgroups, and websites, pro-anorexia has emerged in recent years as a cultural movement in cyberspace that takes an at least partially positive attitude toward anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders. The empirical literature has documented both the harm and potential benefit that these forums offer participants. To date, however, pro-ana forums have not been theorized in the psychoanalytic literature. In this article, I make use of both a clinical case and… 

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