How are eating disorders treated in Scotland, what are the standards and where can people with an eating disorder and parents get help?
The first results following England’s standard on the maximum allowed waiting time for treating a child or young person with an eating disorder.
What do experts mean by ‘recovery’ or ‘remission’. What is the experience of parents and if you’re needing hope, where can you get it?
How a health service in the UK set up an effective eating disorders service that really addresses families’ needs and patients’ needs (adult patients as well as young ones).This video interview is for parents and clinicians anywhere in the world, who seek ideas or encouragement to get better services in their area. It will be especially useful to clinicians and managers in England, who are currently under pressure to implement NHS England’s new Access and Waiting Time standards for children and adolescents.
I’ve produced a new 20mn YouTube video to show parents a range of options they have when their child is sitting at the table and is stuck.
How family therapy can be adapted to young adults (17-25 years) with anorexia. Reporting on work by Lock, Le Grange and others working in Family-Based Treatment (FBT/Maudsley)
Best-selling books like to give readers acronyms to help them remember 5 steps to fix everything in their life. Personally, when I’m frazzled, I can’t remember that much, so I’m offering you just two letters. They won’t make the sun shine 24/7, but they can transform how you relate to whatever weather comes your way.
In this post I offer you three evidence-based approaches to address the effect of traumas large and small, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Our lives, as we support a child with an eating disorder, is peppered with distressing or fearful events — some affect us for a day, and some can bring us to tears, or invade our sleep, even when all is well again. It’s not uncommon for parents to report PTSD.
Our children too accumulate traumas: there’s the eating, the delusional states, the treatment centres, the suicidality, the sense of being utterly alone and misunderstood, and the terrible fights with parents and siblings.
Some traumas stick and lead to post-traumatic stress. Others make us grow and lead to post-traumatic growth.
How can we transform the things that deeply shocked our word into wisdom, gratitude, expansion? Or, less ambitiously, how can we stop being reacting disproportionately to the slightest trigger?
Today, I am summarising some statistics for you.
Each of these statistics represents someone who might be enjoying a full life right now if they had received early diagnosis and evidence-based treatment. I sincerely hope that in ten years’ time the statistics will be very different.
The suicide risk is several times higher among those with an eating disorder.
The following eye-catching charts say it all.
A fair share of the horror stories I hear come from England. So how wonderful is it that NHS England has issued the most well-informed, high-standard instructions we could wish for.
And no wonder. It was written by some of our top experts. And it is actually now government policy!
It’s all in a 102-page document entitled “Access and Waiting Time Standard for Children and Young People with an Eating Disorder. Commissioning Guide” which I’ll summarise for you here in plain language. This is truly great stuff AND there’s money behind it too.
For those of us not in England, this is a model worth copying.