After receiving a diagnosis from a GP or other health professional, the next step is starting on an appropriate course of treatment as soon as possible.
Treatment pathways and approaches for children and young people will depend on the age of the individual, the eating disorder diagnosis and the circumstances of the family involved.
In general, treatment will involve a combination of the following:
- Physical health management and referral coordination (usually through a GP or paediatrician)
- Psychotherapy (therapy, counselling or psychological intervention usually through a psychologist, family therapist, psychiatrist or mental health social worker)
- Nutritional counselling (usually through an Accredited Practicing Dietitian)
- Self-help, for the young person and carers (learning and avoiding triggers, applying coping skills, attending support groups, learning carer skills etc.)
Sometimes it can be trial and error to find what works best for you or your loved one. It’s important not to give up trying when it comes to treatment.
If at any time you are unclear about treatment pathways or you are concerned that you are not connected to the right health professionals, please get in touch for a conversation with an EDV Telehealth Nurse.
Please note that all information provided on this page is relevant to children, adolescents and young adults living in Victoria only. Different states have different pathways to access care.