The course of anorexia varies from person to person, but it is very possible to recover. Rates of teens who recover come close to 90 percent nationwide.
Though some people with anorexia deal with this disorder their whole lives, research shows that early treatment leads to the best outcomes. Seek help if you notice signs of anorexia so that treatment can begin as soon as possible.
Treatment is based on:
- Age, overall health and history
- Types of symptoms and how severe they are
- How the person handles each procedure or therapy
- What the person expects for the course of the condition
- The family’s ability to take part in the treatment
Parents and family play a vital role in the recovery process.
Anorexia is most often treated with a blend of:
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Behavior modification
- Nutritional rehabilitation
Treatment is based on a full evaluation of the child and family. The evidence-based treatment model used at Cincinnati Children’s is called family-based treatment (FBT). This is also known as the Maudsley approach.
Types of Treatment Programs
At Cincinnati Children’s, we offer these types of treatment programs for eating disorders:
- Partial hospitalization
The treatment and the type of treatment program advised are based on each child’s health status, psychological needs, behaviors and social factors.