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a review of the evidence 2006. A new review is expected in 2011- we will update it when this is out.
Eating Disorders (Anorexia and Bulimia)

People with anorexia nervosa more or less stop eating altogether. People with bulimia nervosa eat, but are then sick or take laxatives to get rid of the food.
Behaviour Therapy
Likely to help
Learning and practising new behaviour that will make life easier for you and others.
Can be used in hospital, to help people put on weight.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Might help
Interpersonal Therapy
Might help
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Might help
Systemic Family Therapy
Very likely to help

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  • You may have been told you have one or more of the difficulties.
  • You are not alone. Millions of children and young people in the UK have difficulties like these at any one time. 
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  • We are all different; what helps others may not help you.
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  • There may be other ways of helping not yet tested by scientists that might help you.