Understanding Treatment

Understanding eating disorder treatment

It can be difficult to understand how treatment works and why medical professionals make the decisions they do.

It's helpful to remember these points:

  • Treatment recommendations should come from experienced, qualified medical experts
  • There is very little evidence that drug treatments alone work to resolve eating disorders, although they can be useful for related conditions like depression or anxiety
  • Medical treatment - treating problems caused by malnutrition and purging - takes priority over psychological treatment
  • Because nutritional factors reinforce and worsen psychological symptoms, it's important to resolve these issues before working on underlying causes.

Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible at any stage. We would like to refer you to this link to the FEAST website for the current knowledge about best practice and evidence-based treatment for eating disorders http://www.feast-ed.org/?page=TreatmentApproaches