General Article Anorexia nervosa – treatment 

Topic Selected: Eating Disorders

The treatment for anorexia nervosa usually involves a combination of psychological therapy and supervised weight gain.

It’s important for a person with anorexia to start treatment as early as possible to reduce the risk of serious complications of anorexia, particularly if they’ve already lost a lot of weight.

The treatment plan

GPs are often closely involved in ongoing treatment, although other healthcare professionals are usually involved, including:

  • specialist counsellors
  • psychiatrists
  • psychologists
  • specialist nurses
  • dietitians 
  • paediatricians in cases affecting children and teenagers. 

Before treatment starts, members of this multidisciplinary care team will carry out a detailed physical, psychological and social needs assessment, and will develop a care plan.

Most people with anorexia are treated as an outpatient, which means they visit hospitals, speciali

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