Maudsley Approach, Maudsley Therapy, Family Based Therapy (FBT)

Maudsley Approach, Maudsley Therapy or Family Based Therapy (FBT) is a home-based treatment approach that today remains the only treatment proven effective in controlled trials for anorexia nervosa in adolescents.  FBT takes an agnostic view of cause of the eating disorder but instead places initial focus on refeeding and full weight restoration to promote recovery. All family members are considered an essential part of treatment which consists of three phases: Phase I: Parents assist their adolescent to re-establish healthy eating, restore weight and interrupt compensatory behaviors;  Phase II: control on eating  is transferred back to the adolescent; Phase III: Adolescent developmental issues, put on hold because of the eating disorder, are now addressed.  FBT has been successfully adapted and utilized with adults of all ages. FBT does not focus on psychological therapies, though family therapy and individual therapies may be employed after full weight restoration is achieved. Additional information. See article in Time.


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