Eating Disorders: Anorexia and What Your Physician May Not Know

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Most physicians still lack information when it comes to treating anorexia. They still believe that individual therapy or inpatient treatment is the best way to help your child.

Family Based Treatment (FBT) is talked about more these days but unless a doctor has a patient who experienced it, most don't even know about it. Or they may have heard of it but are skeptical because of lack of experience with it.

Many families I have spoken with have had to educate their physician about FBT, otherwise known as the Maudsley Approach, and have found it to be an uphill battle. It is a battle worth fighting because it works for many families. As your child's best advocate it is up to you to educate yourself on forms of treatment and what you believe will be most effective for your child and family.

Doctors and therapists for the most part will not empower you. Not because they seek to do harm obviously; but because they lack information. It is up to you to seek out a team of people who are open to your perspective and will involve you as a vital team member.

If you come across doctors, therapists or nutritionists who refuse to discuss FBT as an option; find someone else. Not because you know that FBT will work for you; but because you want someone who is open to all options so you can find what will help your family the most.

If you have a physician who does not have experience with FBT but is open to learning about it, you've got a keeper! Give him or her all the resources you have found and work together to find others who can help.

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