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Anorexia nervosa in adults: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

Kathleen Pike, PhD
Section Editor
Joel Yager, MD
Deputy Editor
David Solomon, MD


Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) was developed in the 1970s by Aaron Beck to treat depression and anxiety [1-3]. It has since been modified for treating other mental illnesses, such as eating disorders [4-8]. Treatment of acute, low-weight anorexia nervosa often requires multiple interventions, including psychotherapy such as CBT [9,10]. In addition, CBT can prevent relapse [11,12].

This topic reviews CBT for treating anorexia nervosa. The epidemiology, clinical features, diagnosis, assessment, medical complications, and other treatments are discussed separately:

(See "Eating disorders: Overview of epidemiology, clinical features, and diagnosis".)

(See "Anorexia nervosa in adults: Clinical features, course of illness, assessment, and diagnosis".)

(See "Anorexia nervosa in adults and adolescents: Medical complications and their management".)

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