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Journal Highlights Effectiveness of Research Based Psychotherapies for Youth
April 15, 2008 • Science Update
Reviews of the current research on psychosocial and behavioral therapies, or psychotherapies, for children and adolescents found a number of “well established” and “probably efficacious” treatments for many mental disorders. The results were published in a special issue of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
Family Involvement and Focused Intervention May be Key to Helping Teens with Bulimia
September 17, 2007 • Science Update
Family-based treatment for adolescent bulimia nervosa (FBT-BN) is more effective than an individual-based therapy called supportive psychotherapy (SPT) in helping teens overcome bulimia according to an NIMH-funded study.
Study Tracks Prevalence of Eating Disorders
February 9, 2007 • Science Update
Results from a large-scale national survey suggest that binge-eating disorder is more prevalent than both anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
College Women at Risk for Eating Disorder May Benefit From Online Intervention
August 7, 2006 • Press Release
A long-term, large-scale study has found that an Internet-based intervention program may prevent some high risk, college-age women from developing an eating disorder.
Antidepressant Does Not Reduce Risk Of Relapse Among Patients With Anorexia Nervosa
June 14, 2006 • Science Update
An NIMH-funded study has concluded that the antidepressant medication fluoxetine (Prozac) is no more effective than placebo in preventing relapse among patients with anorexia nervosa who had achieved a healthy weight during inpatient or day-program treatment.