Eating Disorders and Their Three Main Treatments Research Paper

An examination of eating disorders and their effects, causes, warning signs, treatments, and new research in the field.
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This paper includes an evaluation of eating disorders, and explores the therapies that are most effective in treating them. The evaluation considered several factors, including the multiple types of eating disorders, their causes and effects, the influence of the media, and the role of genetics. The paper compares three therapies to determine which is more reliable in treating this disorder. There are several limitations in studying the therapies used for eating disorders, one being that there are so many forms of therapy and this paper looks only at the three top forms. However, the paper concludes that all of the therapies are effective to a degree, but the best therapy for an eating disorder is not to settle into one form but a mix of therapies addressed to the individual needs of that person.

Table of Contents
What are Eating Disorders and Who Do They Affect?
Causes of Eating Disorders and Warning Signs
The Neurobiological and Physical Effects of Eating Disorders
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Interpersonal Psychotherapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Up and Coming Research
Works Cited

From the Paper:

"New medications are being tested around the world in hopes of finding a cure for eating disorders. By examining the neurotransmitters and the I-function scientists hope to pin-point some trigger in the brain brought on by correlating the effect of genes and environment. Most medications currently in testing focus on the uptake and re-uptake of several different hormones in the brain. New therapies and treatment methods are also beginning to surface. Family based treatment, further developed by Maudsley, focuses on the relationship between parents and their children. The treatment is an intensive out-patient program that looks to restore a patient to normal weight, give control of food back to the patient and strengthen the patient's identity (Le Grange and Lock). New methods of re-teaching a patient how to eat properly have been advanced by the mandometer. The mandometer is a scale the measures food and slowly increases the amount of food intake that the patient has. The mandometer tells the patient how much to eat and the level of satiety within normal ranges. A mandometer is said to take the stress out of eating so that people suffering from eating disorders can return to normal eating habits (Bergh and Sodersten). The mandometer has been referenced as a new form of conditioning that has had a remission rate of 75 percent and boasts it low cost, highly effective recovery as being better than other methods, having a low relapse rate (Barclay, 2002). With time and dedication, scientists have been able to move forward in the hopes of finding more effective treatments. Many more treatments are in the works. Even equine therapy is being used in patients with eating disorders."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th Ed.) United States of America: American Psychiatric Association.
  • Barclay, L (2002, July 8). New treatment achieves 75% remission in eating disorders. Retrieved July 26, 2008, from Medscape Today Web site:
  • Bergh, C and Sodersten, P The Mandometer. Retrieved July 26, 2008, from The Mandometer Web site:
  • Bulik, C (1994). Eating Disorders: Detection & Treatment. New Zealand: Dunmore Press Limited.
  • Central Region Eating Disorder Service, (2007). Central Region Eating Disorder Service. Retrieved July 10, 2008, from Statistics on Eating Disorders Web site:

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