What is the role of behavioral therapies in the treatment of anorexia nervosa?

Updated: Jun 10, 2019
  • Author: Bettina E Bernstein, DO; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Psychodynamic psychotherapy in combination with behavioral strategies is indispensable in patients with anorexia nervosa. Randomized, controlled trials show that CBT is very effective, especially in the setting of tube feeding. [120]

A flexible approach to the use of CBT or IPT is important and should be tailored to the individual, whenever possible, especially taking into account expressed emotion. [121] Successful CBT can yield better results than community-based treatment, especially in the presence of specific issues (eg, sexual abuse, traumatic events) more likely to respond to specific subtypes of CBT, such as trauma-focused CBT or exposure therapy with response prevention. [44, 122, 123, 124]

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