Family-based treatment for 17-25 year olds

Are you wondering if family therapy is suitable for your young adult with anorexia?

It looks like it might be. On forums I read parents’ experiences of using FBT/Maudsley pretty much in the same way as they did when their child was younger. But it might be possible to adapt the approach with a therapist’s help, so that the young person takes on a little more ownership of their treatment. This works if they agree, at least in principle, to have their parents’ help.

Family therapy for young adults FBT-TAY

For more on this, head over to my article on mirror-mirror here.

Mirror-Young adults anorexia family therapy

It summarises findings in a chapter of this excellent book (which all clinicians should have).

2 Replies to “Family-based treatment for 17-25 year olds”

  1. My daughter has been in hospital 4 3 months – prior to my getting her treated we got on well. Now she is going to live with my mother in law who has verbally abused me. She has totally withdrawn from me – is this anorexic or teenage behaviour? I live in Australia with no family support.

  2. Oh dear, it sounds awful. It is really common for children who were very close to reject us big-time when an eating disorder is affecting so many of their thoughts and emotions. Often they seem to reject most the person they were the closest to, that they felt the safest with (who will not abandon them), maybe the person who normally puts food on the table and who has been asking them to eat. I wrote about this in detail in Chapter 14. The main thing is, as the eating disorder recedes, our children become very close again. Maybe this will give you hope.

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