Treatment of Eating Disorders

Edited by Dwight L. Evans, Edna B. Foa, Raquel E. Gur, Herbert Hendin, Charles P. O'Brien, Martin E.P. Seligman and B. Timothy Walsh

in Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders

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Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780195173642
Published online August 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199951024 | DOI:

Series: Adolescent Mental Health Initiative

 Treatment of Eating Disorders

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There are no scientific studies to indicate the optimal treatment of eating disorders for adolescents, in terms of when treatment should begin, where that treatment should be delivered, or who should provide the treatment. The consensus view is that therapy should begin as soon as possible after a clinically significant eating problem has been identified, with the treatment provider, parents, and patient working to individualize treatment. The setting for the treatment is partially determined by availability, but the severity and duration of illness, especially with regard to medical complications, must also be considered. The optimal professional to treat an adolescent with an eating disorder is again determined in part by availability. Eating disorders can be effectively managed by a variety of different professionals, including physicians (psychiatrists, primary care providers, or adolescent medicine specialists), psychologists, social workers, and nutritionists who are familiar with efficacious treatment of eating disorders.

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Subjects: Psychiatry ; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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