Treatment and Recovery: A guide from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

Recovery from an eating disorder will never be easy, never be short, and never be painless. The gaining of weight, or relinquishing of unhealthy eating behaviour is a slow, long, arduous struggle full of emotional turmoil. The strength and mental willpower an individual needs to break free from their illness is immense. An individual cannot recover without support and guidance. For some, breaking free from an eating disorder may be their toughest challenge in life. They will feel lost, alone, and vulnerable.

Specialised services for eating disorders offer the best support: however, many parts of the UK have little or no designated NHS specialist services for eating disorders.

This means that many anorexia patients in particular are often admitted to and spend lengthy periods of time in non-specialist units. It is estimated that 35 per cent of people with anorexia seen in non-specialist child and adolescent mental health services are admitted to hospital, whereas for those who are seen in specialist adolescent eating disorder services, the admission rates are around 10 per cent.

Further information about treatment and recovery options can be found below::