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Adolescent Eating Disorders

Adolescent Eating Disorders 

Eating disorders occur when a person’s attitude towards food changes in a way that negatively impacts on their lifestyle, subsequently affecting their health and well-being. Eating disorders can have significant physical and emotional effects, and therefore it makes sense to treat your eating disorder as soon as possible.

 

Our Approach to Eating Disorders - Family Based Therapy (The Maudsley Model)

The Maudsley Approach for the treatment of anorexia nervosa was developed by Dr Christopher Dare, in 1985, and was later manualised by James Lock, Daniel LeGrange, W. Stewart Agras and Christopher Dare in 2001. It is an outpatient based treatment that aims to support parents to take action to help their child to recover.

 

While there are relatively few studies of interventions for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa, of the outpatient interventions studied, this family based therapy has the greatest body of supporting evidence.  The evidence indicates that this treatment is effective for 68 – 70 percent of eating disorder cases. Continued research has also shown that this model of treatment can also be effective for adolescents with bulimia nervosa.

 Family based therapy addresses the all too common experience that anorexia can become a chronic illness involving multiple hospitalisations and prolonged treatment. It is most effective with adolescents up to 18 years of age who are living with their families. The treatment involves the family from the outset and relies heavily on parent involvement in re-feeding the child with the eating disorder. Central to this approach is the view that the family is not a causal factor in the development of the eating disorder, rather it focuses specifically on mobilising the resources of the family to overcome the illness.

 

Our therapists have several years experience in using Family Based Therapy and the families they have worked with have achieved excellent outcomes. If a member of your family is having difficulties with eating we are here to help. Contact us today to discuss how the Maudsley method could help your family member.