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Eating Disorders Clinic

Our nationally respected clinic is among a handful of programs in the United States to offer an innovative approach called the Maudsley Family-Based Treatment. The key is structured family therapy that encourages parents to use a variety of tactics to help their child get past his or her obsessions with eating and weight gain.

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The approach works remarkably fast: Twenty outpatient sessions over six months. This intensive treatment is highly successful in adolescents. One study followed up on young anorexics five years after they completed the Maudsley method. More than 90 percent of the subjects were still recovered and did not need any additional treatment.

The director of our Eating Disorders Clinic is one of the world's authorities on the diagnosis and treatment of anorexia and bulimia nervosa. He was at the forefront of bringing the Maudsley method to the United States, and has written many books and papers on eating disorders.

Daniel Le Grange, professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience and director of the Eating Disorders Center, discusses the Maudsley Approach, a family-based treatment program for adolescents with eating disorders, for our Dr. FAQ video series.

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