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Training student groups of eating disorders

An essential aspect of outreach is training student groups like resident assistants (RAs) and health educators. RAs, in particular, are oft en on the front lines in recognizing and responding to problems. Our training program reviews the defi nitions of eating disorders and warning signs of possible eating problems, clarifi es gray areas like how […]

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How to prevent eating disorders

How to prevent eating disorders Living with someone who regularly starves, binges, or purges can be very stressful. Emotional reactions range from panic to resentment, and concrete confl icts range from hoarded food that goes rotten to messy bathrooms. Roommates may be tempted to silently accommodate the eating disordered student or to ostracize her. Some […]

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Managing at-risk eating disorders

Who Stays and Who Goes? Th e Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibit colleges and universities from discriminating against individuals with physical or mental disabilities. By law, students with eating disorders have the right to attend institutions of higher education. Academic institutions can, however, request and even require […]

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Transference and countertransference of eating disorders

ings to their treatment relationships: Th ey both fear domination and long for soothing and empathy (Zerbie, 1998). Th ey also bring high levels of aggression, as refl ected in the destructiveness and persistence of their symptoms. In psychodynamic terms, strong transference and countertransference reactions are to be expected and, many believe, are necessary for […]

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Medical monitoring for eating disorders

Eating disorders carry numerous serious health risks and can be fatal. Anorexia is the most potentially fatal of all the psychiatric disorders, with a mortality rate as high as 20% among the most severely ill, most commonly resulting from cardiac arrest or suicide (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). Mortality resulting from bulimia is much less common, […]

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Nutritional counseling for eating disorders

Nutritional counseling for eating disorders Nutritionists help clients stabilize eating patterns by addressing dietary defi – ciencies and excesses and correcting food- and weight-related distortions with education about the body’s functioning and nutritional requirements. Clients are helped to eat a variety of healthful foods and, when necessary, to restore their weight to a normal level. […]

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group therapy for eating disorders

Numerous studies support the effi cacy of group therapy for individuals with eating disorders (e.g., Garner, Fairburn, & Davis, 1997; Rosenvinge, 1990). Various group therapies—psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, psychoeducational, topic-focused, and self-help—have all been shown to be eff ective. Nonspecifi c factors, such as a sense of belonging and interpersonal feedback, are considered to be more important […]

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psychiatric treatment for eating disorders

psychiatric treatment for eating disorders Anorexia Although medication is frequently used in the treatment of anorexia, there is little evidence to support its effi cacy in acute stages of the illness. Antipsychotics, lithium, various antidepressants, and appetite stimulants have all produced disappointing results (Zhu & Walsh, 2002). Although there are promising case reports on the […]

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treatment for binge eating disorders

treatment for binge eating disorders Cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal approaches used with bulimia have been adapted for BED. Dialectical behavior therapy, originally designed for borderline personality disorder, has also been utilized. All three approaches have been shown to be reasonably successful at reducing short-term bingeing but are relatively ineff ective at producing long-term weight loss (Wonderlich, […]

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types of treatment for eating disorders

types of treatment for eating disorders The Team Approach  for eating disorders Eating disorders are multidimensional syndromes that oft en require treatment from multiple disciplines: psychology, medicine, nutrition, and psychiatry. Practitioners need to communicate regularly with one another to pool their assessments and impressions of clients and to make united decisions about type and duration […]

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