CAMHS assessment and treatment timeline

CAMHS assessment and treatment timeline

Types of treatment for young people with eating disorders

Physical Health Monitoring:

We may invite you into our clinic where we may run a blood test, take your weight, height and blood pressure. This meeting may be performed with your primary therapist or another member of our team.

Dietetics:

You may be offered appointments with one of our dietitians to assess your nutritional requirements and design meal plans with you.

Psychiatric Intervention:

You may be offered a review with one of our consultant psychiatrists who may help support you with your wider mental health and who can prescribe and review medication.

Family Based Treatment:

Family Based Treatment (FBT) is the first-line evidence-based treatment for young people with eating disorders. You and your family members, or sometimes, just your parents/carers, will meet fortnightly with a family therapist, specialist nurse, or clinical/counselling psychologist. These sessions may last around one year to help support you through your recovery.

Eating Disorder Mythbusters

MYTH - I don't have an eating disorder if I'm not underweight.

MYTHBUSTER: Most people with eating disorders are not underweight. People with eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes. We do not refuse treatment to people based on their weight.

MYTH - You can tell someone has an eating disorder just by looking at them.

MYTHBUSTER: Many people with eating disorders may look healthy. Eating disorders present in many different ways and impact people of different sizes and shapes. 

MYTH - You will always have an eating disorder.

MYTHBUSTER: It is possible to fully recover from an eating disorder with treatment and support. 

MYTH - Only young women have eating disorders.

MYTHBUSTER: Eating disorders affect all people - all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, bodyshapes, weight, sexual orientations and socioeconomic statuses. Anyone can have an eating disorder.

MYTH - If I get treatment for my eating disorder, I will have to go into hospital.

MYTHBUSTER: For most of our patients, we are able to support you and treat your eating disorder while you are at home.

MYTH - Eating disorders are a choice.

MYTHBUSTER: Eathing disorders re serious illnesses and you deserve support.