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Treatment Resistance in Eating Disorders

Edited by Secondo Fassino

 In this special series BMC Psychiatry presents a collection of research articles that shed light on resistance to treatment in eating disorders. The series considers a controversial topic which concerns physicians, researchers and patients alike. The presented articles cover a wide range of fields, all aiming to promote and encourage more research on resistance to treatment in eating disorders, particularly in the areas of biological factors, therapeutic relationships, and emotional responses in individuals and their families.

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles have undergone the journal's standard peer-review process overseen by BMC Psychiatry Section Editor Secondo Fassino, who declares no competing interests.

  1. Content type: Research article

    Eating disorders (ED) are classified into Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and eating disorder not otherwise specified. Prospectively, the diagnostic instability within ED is high, but it is not clear which ...

    Authors: Gabriella F Milos, Volker Baur, Sabina Muehlebach and Anja Spindler

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:295

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Current literature on Eating Disorders (EDs) is devoid of evidence-based findings providing support to effective treatments, mostly for anorexia nervosa (AN). This lack of successful guidelines may play a role...

    Authors: Giovanni Abbate-Daga, Federico Amianto, Nadia Delsedime, Carlotta De-Bacco and Secondo Fassino

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:294

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:62

  3. Content type: Research article

    Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is a highly life-threatening disorder that is extremely difficult to treat. There is evidence that family-based therapies are effective for adolescent AN, but no treatment has been proven...

    Authors: Thomas R Lynch, Katie LH Gray, Roelie J Hempel, Marian Titley, Eunice Y Chen and Heather A O’Mahen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:293

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  4. Content type: Review

    Treatment resistance is an omnipresent frustration in eating disorders. Attempts to identify the features of this resistance and subsequently develop novel treatments have had modest effects. This selective re...

    Authors: Katherine A Halmi

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:292

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  5. Content type: Review

    Restoration of weight and nutritional status are key elements in the treatment of anorexia nervosa (AN). This review aims to describe issues related to the caloric requirements needed to gain and maintain weig...

    Authors: Enrica Marzola, Jennifer A Nasser, Sami A Hashim, Pei-an Betty Shih and Walter H Kaye

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:290

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  6. Content type: Review

    Research has shown that eating disorder (ED) patients who abuse substances demonstrate worse ED symptomatology and poorer outcomes than those with EDs alone, including increased general medical complications a...

    Authors: Claire Gregorowski, Soraya Seedat and Gerhard P Jordaan

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:289

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Eating Disorders (EDs) are complex psychiatric pathologies characterized by moderate to poor response to treatment. Criteria of remission and recovery are not yet well defined. Simultaneously, personality play...

    Authors: Cristina Segura-García, Dora Chiodo, Flora Sinopoli and Pasquale De Fazio

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:288

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Individual, family and service level characteristics and outcomes are described for adult and adolescent patients receiving specialist inpatient or day patient treatment for anorexia nervosa (AN). Potential pr...

    Authors: Elizabeth Goddard, Rebecca Hibbs, Simone Raenker, Laura Salerno, Jon Arcelus, Nicky Boughton, Frances Connan, Ken Goss, Bert Laszlo, John Morgan, Kim Moore, David Robertson, Saeidi S, Christa Schreiber-Kounine, Sonu Sharma, Linette Whitehead…

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:287

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  9. Content type: Debate

    An increasing body of research points to a significant association of obesity to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and deficits in executive functions. There is also preliminary evidence suggesti...

    Authors: Samuele Cortese, Erika Comencini, Brenda Vincenzi, Mario Speranza and Marco Angriman

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:286

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  10. Content type: Research article

    With the imminent publication of the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), there has been a growing interest in the study of the boundaries across the three bulimic ...

    Authors: Zaida Agüera, Nadine Riesco, Susana Jiménez-Murcia, Mohammed Anisul Islam, Roser Granero, Enrique Vicente, Eva Peñas-Lledó, Jon Arcelus, Isabel Sánchez, Jose Manuel Menchon and Fernando Fernández-Aranda

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:285

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Criticisms that generic measures of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) are not sensitive to impairment in anorexia nervosa (AN) has spurred the development of disease-specific measures. This study aimed to...

    Authors: Deborah Mitchison, Phillipa Hay, Scott Engel, Ross Crosby, Daniel Le Grange, Hubert Lacey, Jonathan Mond, Shameran Slewa-Younan and Stephen Touyz

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:284

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Anorexia nervosa (AN) is associated with high rates of chronicity and relapse risk is a considerable therapeutic challenge in the disorder. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association of st...

    Authors: Johannes Mander, Martin Teufel, Katharina Keifenheim, Stephan Zipfel and Katrin Elisabeth Giel

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:111

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