Emerging psychological treatments in the field of eating disorders

Kelly C. Berg, Stephen A. Wonderlich

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Abstract

Few treatments for eating disorders have established a base of empirical support, and those that have are still limited by high dropout rates and low abstinence rates. Thus, there is a critical need for innovative eating disorder treatments to fill this gap. The past decade has seen a surge in the development of novel treatments that address eating pathology. This review provides an overview of the emerging psychological treatments for eating disorders, including descriptions of the therapeutic rationales, treatment techniques, and research support. The review will cover face-to-face interventions that are provided in the context of individual or group psychotherapy. Treatments included in this review were organized into the following six categories based on their underlying therapeutic rationales: (1) cognition-focused approaches, (2) emotion regulation approaches, (3) exposure-based approaches, (4) motivational enhancement, (5) integrative approaches, and (6) family- and couple-based interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number407
JournalCurrent psychiatry reports
Volume15
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Stephen A. Wonderlich has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and payment for lectures including service on speakers bureaus from.

Keywords

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychotherapy
  • Review
  • Treatment

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