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How are eating disorders treated?

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Medical, Psychologic: Interventions are the baseline interventions. Associated, may be nutritional counseling, residential programs, family counseling and self-help organizations. The most effective counseling, centers around cognitive behavioral therapy(cbt). Medication is almost always involved in the more severe eating disorders. At times it is difficult to treat but it can be successfully treated.

Answered 5/21/2018

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Dr. Carla Enriquez answered

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Depends : Treatemnt depends on the reason for the eating disorder. This could be counseling, nutritional advocacy, medications, hospitalization depending on severity and cause.

Answered 5/3/2016

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Get Specialist: Eating disorders have their own language and when possible all clinicians involved should have specialized expertise in this area. Many clinicians say they treat eds but ask and check up on what ed associations they belong to and ask if they attend conferences and special training. This is true for nutritionist, therapists, and doctors. Less qualified clinicians will cost time and health.

Answered 4/3/2016

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Tailored Treatment: There are many things to consider before coming up with a plan of treatment. In general, eating disorders are most effectively treated by a group of specialists working together closely in the patient's best interest. Typically, treatment involves help from medical, mental health and nutrition specialists. Good places to begin seeking more info & help: http://www.Anad.Org and http://www.Myedin.Org.

Answered 5/18/2018

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Treatment : Typically it's a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Often psychotherapy focuses on issues of control in the life of the patient. By this I mean control over the patient's control over their body and relationships.

Answered 9/2/2015

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It varies: The treatment very much depends on the type of eating disorder and its severity. Therapy is an important part of eating disorder treatment because research shows us that the core of eating disorders isn't food or weight, it tends to be a life-based or emotionally-based concern. In addition to therapy, working with a dietitian and physician can be helpful.

Answered 11/28/2017

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