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New to Treatment? Don’t Panic!

posted by Julie O'Toole on November 8, 2018 at 12:15pm

Your child has been diagnosed with an eating disorder by one of the doctors at Kartini Clinic. Whether this is a restricting disorder with fear of fat, a bingeing and purging disorder or what we call ARFID (avoidant restrictive food intake disorder), it matters little.  What matters is that the prospect of treatment is new and intimidating to you.

Before treatment was decided on, you may have struggled with typical and understandable ambivalent feelings:  are we over-reacting? Are…

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20 Tips and Tricks for Re-Feeding Your Child

posted by Julie O'Toole on May 11, 2018 at 10:42am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the past 20 years (yes 20!) of re-feeding children with eating disorders, we at Kartini Clinic have learned some tips and tricks, which I thought I would pass along. Whether you are re-feeding a child at home or in a clinical setting, I hope these pointers can be helpful to you.

Remember: even though life stops until you eat and that without weight restoration you will get nothing, there are ways to help make the process less painful and more…

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ARFID Revisited

posted by Julie O'Toole on March 7, 2018 at 12:55pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

The longer I treat children with eating disorders, the more I begin to doubt the usefulness of exact nomenclature.

In 2000, at the founding of our Kartini Day Treatment Unit, now called Kartini Partial Hospitalization Program, nearly 80% of all the patients we saw carried a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa (correct, I think), of which the overwhelming majority had the restricting form. This may have been partially an artifact of the age of the patients we treated…

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