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Eating disorders strike children at virtually all stages of development. Sometimes we think it’s most difficult when they strike a very young child, sometimes it seems the most difficult when a “child” is about to go off to college, or a student exchange program, or start a new school. Personally I think mid adolescence is one of the most difficult times for an eating disorder to strike a child.
Childhood and early adolescence are characterized by learning new skills, but also by…Read More
I am asked this nearly every week by one parent or another, and I answer reflexively “of course”. In order to do what we do at Kartini Clinic we have to believe our patients can get well, that our efforts and the herculean efforts of the parents can be rewarded. There are no guarantees in life, but there needs to be hope. Hope based on real evidence.
It is true that some patients with eating disorders never do get well. They experience a lifetime of disability and mental illness.…Read More
I am occasionally asked whether or not anorexia nervosa is a chronic illness. As far as I am concerned, anorexia nervosa is a chronic illness of remission and exacerbation, which is a medical way of saying an illness that often returns after a period of stability. Anorexia can be gotten into good remission, which may last many years, but it can flare up with a recurrence of symptoms during times of stress, life change or for no apparent reason. We call this relapse.
As with the…