New Treatment May Cure Many With Eating Disorders

December 15, 2008

US (ChattahBox) – Eating Disorders are on the rise globally, and treatment has, unfortunately, been unable to keep up. With so many men and women struggling for years to recover, sometimes entering program after program only to relapse into the same patterns, it’s clear that common understanding of how to treat these conditions is far from being complete.

However, researchers of Wellcome Trust think they may have a new psychotherapy that could pave the way to treating 8 out of 10 cases of the disorder bulimia nervosa, marking it as one of the greatest steps for a cure in medical history.

The treatment is a more complex version of the common CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) that is already being most commonly used in most clinics and hospitals as the most effective treatment available. This redrafted version of the same therapy works on levels of severity, and other symptoms such as low self esteem, perfectionism, and a need for control.

It has been shown to work effectively on both bulimia and atypical eating disorder patients (those that don’t specifically qualify as anorexic or bulimic), and studies have shown progress in 80% of cases that was carried throughout the first year, the most difficult time to maintain recovery.

This therapy is now being used widely throughout Britain, and trials are set to be conducted in the US. It has led to increased hopes of someday targeting patients who suffer from anorexia as well.

“Eating disorders are serious mental health problems and can be very distressing for both patients and their families,” says Professor Christopher Fairburn, the man who developed botht he past and new CBT methods. “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 hospital.”


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