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 a the circumstances of the family involved.
In general, treatment will involve a combination of the following:
- Psychotherapy (therapy, counselling or psychological intervention usually through a psychologist, psychiatrist or mental health social worker)
- Physical health management and referral coordination (usually through a GP or paediatrician)
- Nutritional counselling (usually through an Accredited Practicing Dietitian)
- Self-help (learning and avoiding triggers, applying coping skills, attending support groups 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.
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.