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Clinical Manual of Eating Disorders

Edited by Joel Yager, M.D., and Pauline S. Powers, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-270-2
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Clinical Manual of Eating Disorders provides sound therapeutic advice based on current research and clinical practice. It includes detailed discussions of various aspects of assessment and treatment, featuring up-to-date evidence- and consensus-based information. Ranging from the determination of initial treatment approaches to problems posed by unique groups of patients, it marks the first APPI volume specifically directed toward the clinical management of patients with eating disorders—and the first book to focus squarely on what psychiatrists need to know about the clinical assessment and management of patients with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorders, and obesity.

In these pages, preeminent psychiatric authorities on eating disorders offer practical advice, research results, and the fruits of clinical experience. In addition to thorough extended discussion and coverage of all assessment and treatment topics encompassed by the third edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Eating Disorders, the book includes topics such as: night eating and related syndromes, obesity and weight management in relation to psychiatric medications, psychiatric aspects of bariatric surgery, and management of patients with chronic, intractable eating disorders. Clinical vignettes discuss specific techniques and strategies to help anchor the discussions in the decision-making situations faced by practitioners every day. Among the book's features:

  • coverage of a wide range of diagnoses, from new onset to very chronic conditions
  • consideration of comorbid psychiatric, substance abuse, and medical conditions
  • applications to outpatient, ambulatory, and inpatient settings
  • a range of treatment strategies, including biological, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and family treatments
  • discussion of special concerns involving college athletes and patients from different ethnic or cultural backgrounds
  • inclusion of APA Practice Guideline tables as well as the most recent version of the Eating Disorders Questionnaire

The insights garnered from this book will enable clinicians to:

  • better make nuanced assessments of patients with eating disorders
  • present the best available evidence about treatment options to patients and their families
  • initiate and conduct treatment interventions with the majority of patients they encounter

Clinical Manual of Eating Disorders is an invaluable tool for psychiatrists that complements other resources for all professionals who see patients with these challenging conditions, whether mental health clinicians, primary care physicians, dieticians, psychologists, or social workers.


  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Diagnosis, Epidemiology, and Clinical Course of Eating Disorders
  • Chapter 2. Assessment and Determination of Initial Treatment Approaches for Patients With Eating Disorders
  • Chapter 3. Eating Disorders and Psychiatric Comorbidity: Prevalence and Treatment Modifications
  • Chapter 4. Management of Anorexia Nervosa in Inpatient and Partial Hospitalization Settings
  • Chapter 5. Management of Anorexia Nervosa in an Ambulatory Setting
  • Chapter 6. Family Treatment of Eating Disorders
  • Chapter 7. Management of Bulimia Nervosa
  • Chapter 8. Management of Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified
  • Chapter 9. Psychiatric Aspects of Bariatric Surgery
  • Chapter 10. Medication-Related Weight Changes: Impact on Treatment of Eating Disorder Patients
  • Chapter 11. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders
  • Chapter 12. Psychodynamic Management of Eating Disorders
  • Chapter 13. Eating Disorders in Special Populations: Medical Comorbidities and Complicating or Unusual Conditions
  • Chapter 14. Athletes and Eating Disorders
  • Chapter 15. Cultural Considerations in Eating Disorders
  • Chapter 16. Management of Patients With Chronic, Intractable Eating Disorders
  • Index


    Kelly C. Allison, Ph.D.
    Arnold E. Andersen, M.D.
    Tracy M. Anthony, M.D.
    Stephanie L. Berg, M.D.
    Nancy L. Cloak, M.D.
    Michael J. Devlin, M.D.
    Kamryn T. Eddy, M.A.
    Juli A. Goldfein, Ph.D.
    Katherine A. Halmi, M.D.
    David B. Herzog, M.D.
    Allan S. Kaplan, M.Sc., M.D., FRCPC
    Daniel le Grange, Ph.D.
    James D. Lock, M.D., Ph.D.
    James E. Mitchell, M.D.
    Tricia Myers, Ph.D.
    Sarah Noble, M.D.
    Pauline S. Powers, M.D.
    James L. Roerig, Pharm.D.
    Lori A. Sansone, M.D.
    Randy A. Sansone, M.D.
    Alexia Spanos
    Kristine J. Steffen, Pharm.D.
    Lorraine Swan-Kremeier, Ph.D.
    Ron A. Thompson, Ph.D.
    Joel Yager, M.D.
    Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D.

About the Authors

Joel Yager, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair for Education and Academic Affairs at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California at Los Angeles.

Pauline S. Powers, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine in the College of Medicine at University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

The Clinical Manual of Eating Disorders is an indispensable resource that extends and elaborates on the newly revised APA Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Eating Disorders. Written by the leading experts in the field, it is a masterful production that not only covers assessment and treatment for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, but also addresses special topics such as athletes and eating disorders, psychiatric aspects of bariatric surgery, and the management of patients with chronic eating disorders. Concise, comprehensive, and up-to-date, this is the best book currently available to help practitioners manage these challenging conditions.—Russell D. Marx, M.D., Medical Director, Eating Disorders Program, University Medical Center at Princeton, Princeton, New Jersey

This outstanding volume will be a great resource for trainees and clinicians alike. It provides a thorough overview of the field of eating disorders by leading experts in the field. This manual represents a valuable addition to the field.—Scott Crow, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

This is an excellent overview of the treatment of eating disorders by leading experts in the field. It should be on every clinician's bookshelf.—Walter H. Kaye, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry University of California, San Diego; Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The purpose of Clinical Manual of Eating Disorders is to provide a resource to help clinicians better understand how to care for patients and families seeking help (p.xix). This goal is masterfully achieved and exceeded at times. Well-organized and thorough discussions extend past the guidelines for the general management of anorexia nervosa and bulimia. This book is a shining contribution to the professional literature.—PsycCRITIQUES, 1/9/2008

Give the severity of these conditions, and clinicians' relative discomfort with treating and managing these challenging patients, this book provides valuable knowledge and insight in a well written and readable format.—Doody Enterprise, 1/9/2008

This collection of 16 chapters by 26 authors explores the far reaches of what was once a narrowly defined diagnostic category. All in all, this volume offers the student and clinician and comprehensive overview of the field.—The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 1/9/2008

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