June 29, 2006

Online treatment

Online help is at hand for people with eating disordersLAURA ROBERTS TREATING eating disorders online is the future for counselling, according to specialists in the conditions.
The Eating Disorders Association says online groups can provide people with a safe forum to discuss their illnesses with other sufferers, particularly given the increasing number of pro-anorexia websites online which can exacerbate the illness.
The National Centre for Eating Disorders has launched a website for sufferers, eating-disorders.org.uk that offers a programme of personalised therapy to people seeking help to beat the condition.
Deanne Jade, the director of the centre, said the site could provide interim counselling for those on waiting lists for specialist therapy.
She said: "We are desperate for doctors to prescribe or recommend it to people who have gone on waiting lists and are just sitting around waiting with no-one there to help them.
"We can save people a lot of time and we can save the health service money. They can go online any time they like - in the middle of the night, if necessary. It's a wonderful safety net for young people who are scared to go and see an expert.
"The National Institute of Clinical Excellence guidelines for eating disorders, especially binge-eating disorders such as bulimia, recommends self-help as the treatment of first choice."
She added that, so far, the programme was more suited to the treatment of bulimia than anorexia.
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Last updated: 29-Jun-06 01:06 BST


  1. Is this the way forward or do we need to see professionals face to face?

    In my opinion, this will work to a certain degree but I needed the face to face treatment too.

    You can read more into what is said, study body language etc in face to face sessions but on the internet what do we really learn or know about the other person. How can you diagnose someone through a screen.

    I do think it is a great idea for initial treatment afterall it is easier to admit you have a problem over a screen without being face to face but isn't that just another excuse to hide away with the secret disorder?

    I'd be interested in others opinions on this.


  2. In a way I think this is a good thing. What if somebody cant get to a treatment provider or maybe this is the only way they can get started. But I truely believe there is nothing like face to face. My therapist can tell if something is upsetting me without me saying a word. Sometimes she knows me to well but I really wish there was someone I could talk to when I have trouble late at night or on the weekend. I think that would help my recovery tremendously!


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