This handout provides parents and/or students an overview of anorexia nervousa related eating disorders. The pamphlet includes information regarding the different types of anorexia, symptoms, and most effective research based treatment options. The handout has been updated to be consistent with the DSM-V updated criteria for anorexia nervousa (no longer requires an absence of menstrual cycles). Additionally included is an annotated bibliography of resources used to create the pamphlet.
This is a sensitive topic. In my professional practice, this has served as an effective, non-threatening way to get families more educated on the dangers of anorexia. It serves to get the conversation started so that families can seek assistance and life-saving interventions can be begun.