During the initial interview, a client with a compulsive eating disorder remarks, “I can’t stand myself and the way I look.” Which of the following statements by the nurse is most therapeutic?
1. “Everyone who has the same problem feels like you do.”
2. “I don’t think you look bad at all.”
3. “Don’t worry. You’ll soon be back in shape.”
4.“Tell me more about your feelings.”
The nurse needs to explore more about the client’s feelings to assess what underlies the eating disorder. The nurse also needs to evaluate the client’s suicide risk. The other statements are not therapeutic because they minimize the client’s feelings.
CN: Psychosocial adaptation; CL: Synthesize