Treating patients with eating disorders (ED) is a notoriously challenging undertaking. Patients tend to be medically compromised and have a deep ambivalence towards their symptoms, and treatment dropout and relapse rates are high. Further complicating matters, a sizable number of patients present with additional characteristics that set them apart from the patients for whom empirically supported treatments were developed. Up to 50% of current ED diagnoses are classified as atypical and do not fit into existing diagnostic categories, and many more present with complex comorbidities.
Clinical Handbook of Complex and Atypical Eating Disorders brings together into one comprehensive resource what is known about an array of complicating factors for patients with ED, serving as an accessible introduction to each of the comorbidities and symptom presentations highlighted in the volume. The first section of the book focuses on the treatment of ED in the presence of various comorbidities, and the second section explores the treatment of ED with atypical symptom presentations. The third section focuses on how to adapt ED treatments for diverse populations typically neglected in controlled treatment trials: LGBT, pediatric, male, ethnically diverse, and older adult populations. Each chapter includes a review of clinical presentation, prevalence, treatment approaches, resources, conclusions, and future directions. Cutting edge and practical, Clinical Handbook of Complex and Atypical Eating Disorders will appeal to researchers and health professionals involved in treating ED.
About the Author
Leslie K. Anderson, PhD, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, and Training Director at the UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research. Her research interests are in eating disorder treatment development and evaluation, especially with regards to complex, comorbid eating disorders, adaptations of DBT and family based treatment, and she has written multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books in this area.
Stuart B. Murray, DClinPsych, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and Director of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders. His research interests relate to eating disorders in males, and the development of precision treatments for anorexia nervosa. He has presented his work internationally, and has published more than 75 scientific manuscripts to date, in addition to 3 edited books relating to eating disorders.
Walter H. Kaye, MD, FAED, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego and Director of the UC San Diego Eating Disorders Research and Treatment Program. His current research is focused on exploring the relationship between brain and behavior using brain imaging and investigating new treatments in anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Dr. Kaye has an international reputation in the field of eating disorders and is the author of more than 400 articles and publications.