To treat eating disorders
Traditional care defines eating disorders as psychiatric illnesses. Therefore, patients are treated with individual therapy, or family therapy, and drugs such as anti-depressant drugs. The aetiology of anorexia has varied during the last hundred years; from schizophrenia, a serious psychiatric disease to obsessive syndrome. The outcome of treatment with these methods for anorexia and bulimia is similar; It has been reported that fewer than 50% of anorexic patients improve significantly after treatment and most of those who do, relapse within a year. About 19% of bulimic patients treated with CBT were reported to remain in remission four months after treatment. Eating disorders are therefore often considered chronic disorders; about 10% of all patients are free of symptoms ten years after the onset of their illness.
The Mandometer® Method, on the other hand, has shown that the psychiatric symptoms such as anxiety, depression and obsessive thoughts and acts disappear when eating behaviour and feelings of satiety have been normalized. The outcome of the treatment is the same, for both anorexia and bulimia and regardless of the severity of illness. About 75% of the patients will go into remission (become symptom free) and only about 10 % of these will relapse during a follow-up period of five years.
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