Possible treatment for eating disorders?
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Anorexia nervosa (Care and treatment)
Cognitive therapy (Health aspects)
Pub Date: 03/22/2009
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Spring, 2009 Source Volume: 12 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Canadian Subject Form: Cognitive-behavioural therapy
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 218027804

A recent study conducted by Wellcome Trust researchers reveals an "enhanced" version of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that has the potential to treat the bulk of eating disorder cases. This new psychotherapy provides welcome insight into an under-researched field.

The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE explains that 1 in 20 women between the ages of 18 and 30 are affected by eating disorders, which can cause both a physical and psychosocial breakdown. Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and atypical cases form the three classifications of eating disorders, each of which vary in severity.

Professor Christopher Fairburn, a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, developed both the original and enhanced version of CBT. A recent study indicates that Professor Fairburn's enhanced version is applicable for over 80% of eating disorder cases.

Professor Fairburn explains the problems faced by those suffering from eating disorders: "Eating disorders are serious mental health problems and can be very distressing for both patients and their families. Now, for the first time, we have a single treatment which can be effective at treating the majority of cases without the need for patients to be admitted into the hospital."

Wellcome Trust. (2008, December 19). New psychotherapy has potential to treat majority of cases of eating disorders. SrienceDaily. Retrieved January 13. 2000, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/ 2008/12/081215074404.htm
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