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Along with diet, counselling and therapy is crucial for treatment of anorexia. Especially family-based therapy has been shown to be very effective in the treatment of adolescents suffering from anorexia nervosa. For instance, maudsley family therapy, an evidence-based manualized model, showed full recovery at rates up to 90%. Although this model is recommended by the NIHM (National Institute of Mental Health) critics claim that it has the
potential to create power struggles in an intimate relationship and may disrupt equal partnerships. Also cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is useful in adolescents and adults with anorexia nervosa; acceptance and commitment therapy is a type of CBT, which has shown promise in the treatment of anorexia nervosa. It is a form of therapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed
in different ways with commitment and behavior-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility.
An eating disorder characterized by the maintenance of a body weight below average, fear of gaining weight, and a distorted body image.