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CBT Is as Effective in the Treatment of Purging and Non-Purging Eating Disorders

A new study published in Behaviour and Research Therapy examined the efficacy of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for women with a variety of purging behaviors. The study compared 3 groups: those who engaged in self-induced vomiting, those who engaged in multiple purging methods (i.e., laxatives and diuretics), and those who engaged in restrained eating and/or excessive exercise as a means of weight control.

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Anorexia Nervosa Relapse Prevention Benefited by CBT

A recent clinical study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders found preliminary evidence supporting the notion that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is beneficial to preventing relapse and improving outcomes in patients with weight-restored Anorexia Nervosa (AN). The aim of the present study was to compare the relapse prevention effectiveness of CBT versus maintenance treatment as usual (MTAU) for weight-restored AN. Participants were patients suffering from AN who were part…
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CBT Meta-Analysis Review is Most Downloaded Article in CPR

It looks as if the research efficacy of Cognitive Therapy is becoming more well-known. Clinical Psychology Review is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes substantive reviews of topics relevant to clinical psychology. The most downloaded article from this important journal is The empirical status of cognitive-behavioral therapy: A review of meta-analyses (Volume 26, Issue 1, January 2006, Pages 17-31), authored by Andrew C. Butler, Jason E. Chapman, Evan M. Forman and…
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Severe eating disorders helped by CBT

In a recent study in the American Journal of Psychiatry, investigators reported that people with severe eating disorders can be effectively treated by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that focuses on perfectionism, binge eating, and other related issues. Two types of CBT were employed in the protocol (in addition to a wait-list control group). One CBT protocol focused exclusively on eating-disorder psychopathology and the other was a broader, more complex form…
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