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Eating disorders: clinical features and the role of the general psychiatrist

  • William Rhys Jones, Monique Schelhase and John F. Morgan

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Although most patients with severe eating disorders are treated in specialist eating disorder services, general psychiatrists are often responsible for the care of many with mild to moderate disorder. Treating and supporting these patients in a non-specialist setting can sometimes be challenging but this need not be the case. Having a clear understanding of the clinical features of these conditions forms the foundation on which a comprehensive assessment and management plan can be made. We summarise the clinical features of eating disorders and explore the unique role of the general psychiatrist in identifying people with these conditions, supporting them and directing them into evidence-based treatments.

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Dr William Rhys Jones, Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders, Newsam Centre, Seacroft Hospital, York Road, Seacroft, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS14 6WB, UK. Email: wrjones@doctors.org.uk

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