Rethinking treatment goals improves results for ‘untreatable’ anorexics

...Professor Hubert Lacey, the London lead for the study, from St George’s, University of London said:

“Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder, and patients with SE-AN are notoriously difficult to treat. Most sufferers have been through multiple unsuccessful treatment episodes. Repeated failure leaves them with low motivation and a self-image dominated by illness. After prolonged periods of malnourishment, many sufferers are disabled, unable to hold down a job and have neurocognitive, cardiac or liver problems as well as osteoporosis.”