There is no one treatment that will suit all people with an eating disorder. The type and severity of the eating disorder, along with age and a person’s family situation are all factors that need to be considered when treating an eating disorder.
The experience of an eating disorder is specific to the individual and their family or circle of support, and this needs to be reflected in the treatment pathway. A person centred approach tailored to the needs of the person with the eating disorder has been proven to be the most effective type of treatment.
A person centred approach:
- Focuses on recovery
- Addresses all aspects of the illness: physical, psychological, behavioural, social and practical
- Is tailored to the needs and circumstances of the person with the eating disorder and their family or circle of support
- Puts the needs of the person with the eating disorder at the core of all decisions throughout the process of treatment and recovery
- Recognises that recovery takes time, both during and after the treatment process
Recovery from eating disorders is possible with the right amount of help, treatment and support. Research has shown the best results are achieved by treating the illness as early as possible.
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