Beate Herpertz Dahlmann – anorexia nervosa

ESCAP Expert Paper, ESCAP 2015 keynote, original presentation and TV interview

New developments in the diagnostics and treatment of adolescent eating disorders

Original Madrid KEYNOTE presentation (June 2015), ESCAP Expert Paper (July 2015), TV interview and abstract by professor Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann (Aachen University) on new developments in the diagnostics and treatment of adolescent eating disorders (M5).

Eating disorders are some of the most prevalent disorders in adolescence, often taking a chronic and disabling course. The incidence rates in this age group continue to rise. The lecture will introduce the main eating disorders anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN) and binge eating disorder (BED) with an emphasis on adolescent and childhood AN. Every clinician working with adolescents should be familiar with their symptomatology and medical/psychiatric assessment. The aim of this presentation is to convey basic knowledge on the disorders, as well as to review new developments in classification issues resulting from the transition to DSM-5. New data on epidemiology and transcultural changes in the prevalence of these disorders as well as recent knowledge on their etiology are provided. The lecture tries to give a profound insight into new developments in treatment, such as nutritional rehabilitation and education, individual and family therapy as well as pharmacotherapy and neuropsychological strategies. Severe and prolonged starvation can have profound consequences on brain and bone development. Although the evidence-base is still weak, there are some promising new approaches, which might improve the outcome of these severe disorders.

View the original presentation by Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann (pdf, 49 slides).
View the original symposium presentations by Kate Tchanturia, Anke Hinney and Bruno Falissard.
Read or download the ESCAP Expert Paper on 'New developments in the diagnostics and treatment of adolescent eating disorders' (pdf, 15 pages).
Read the Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann interview.