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Pocket Guide for the Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders

Edited by James Lock, M.D., Ph.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-61537-156-3
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An exceptionally practical book for clinicians who are interested in evaluating and treating eating disorders in children and adults, Pocket Guide for the Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders, provides expert guidance in a succinct and accessible format. Most people with eating disorders lack access to specialty services, leaving the majority undiagnosed and untreated. The editors and contributors, Stanford University researchers and clinicians, have written the book for nonspecialists in hopes that it will foster the development of relevant clinical skills and allow them to help patients with eating disorders in their practices. This book is squarely aimed at the big picture while highlighting the most important additional details. The first chapter provides an overview of all the major eating disorders and also includes a discussion of issues related to screening, race, culture, and gender that are cross-cutting and applicable to all the diagnostically themed chapters. Each of the remaining chapters focuses on a specific diagnostic group and is organized systematically to allow the reader to easily identify comparable elements across diagnostic groupings quickly.
Helpful features of the book include:

  • Consistent chapter structure for ease of access. Each chapter begins with a brief introduction, followed by a key diagnostic checklist, diagnostic rule outs, risks and epidemiology, psychiatric and medical comorbidity, clinical presentations, evidence-based interventions, treatments illustrated, a clinical decision-making flow chart, common outcomes, resources and further readings, and references.
  • Stand-alone chapters, allowing the user to access all the pertinent information without prerequisite preparation.
  • Short narrative vignettes describing each of the major evidence-based interventions for each diagnostic grouping. These model effective practitioner-patient interactions and help readers improve their clinical skills. In addition, there are vignettes across the age spectrum, affording the reader valuable exposure to a full range of cases.
  • Emphasis on evidence-based treatments. Evidential support is graded based on slightly modified criteria developed by the American Psychological Association, with Levels 1 to 4—from established treatments to those of questionable efficacy.
  • Generous use of tables and figures, comprising all the major content in a concise, easily understandable fashion.

Authoritative, accessible, and designed to fit in a lab coat pocket, Pocket Guide for the Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders is a practical book which will help busy clinicians quickly find the most relevant and updated information, without overwhelming them with detail.


  • Contributors
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • How to Use This Book
  • Chapter 1. Eating Disorders: The Basics
  • Chapter 2. Anorexia Nervosa
  • Chapter 3. Bulimia Nervosa
  • Chapter 4. Binge-Eating Disorder
  • Chapter 5. Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
  • Chapter 6. Atypical Eating Disorders
  • Chapter 7. Eating Disorders in the Context of Obesity
  • Index


    Sarah Adler, Psy.D.
    W. Stewart Agras, M.D.
    Cara Bohon, Ph.D.
    Jennifer Derenne, M.D.
    Kathleen Kara Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
    Nina Kirz, M.D.
    Lilya Osipov, Ph.D.
    Athena Robinson, Ph.D.
    Cristin D. Runfola, Ph.D.
    Debra L. Safer, M.D.
    Hannah Welch

About the Authors

James D. Lock, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California.

In this welcome volume Dr. James Lock, one of our foremost experts in adolescent eating disorders, and his Stanford colleagues offer a highly accessible summary and review of currently available evidence-based treatments for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorders, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorders (ARFID), atypical eating disorders, and eating disorders in the context of obesity. Designed for a wide range of professionals likely to encounter eating disorders problems in children, adolescent and young adult patients, the diagnostic tips, treatment suggestions and informative clinical vignettes will help guide those new to these problems and serve as useful refreshers for more experienced clinicians.—Joel Yager, M.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Past President, Academy for Eating Disorders, Editor Emeritus, Eating Disorders Review

This new handbook by Lock et al. comprehensively covers assessment and treatment of eating disorders and includes the new DSM-5 diagnoses. It will serve as a superb reference for the novice as well as the advanced practitioner. The book is yet succinct and easy to read. Two thumbs up!—Guido Frank, M.D., FAED, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Children's Hospital Colorado

Why didn't someone write this book sooner? An expert, up-to-date and informed treatment of the literature, that will prepare non-specialist practitioners from diverse disciplines to help adolescents and adults affected by all subtypes of eating disorders. In touch with the needs of clinicians who work in diverse settings, this will be everyone's go to reference on Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Atypical Eating Disorders, and Eating Disorders in the context of Obesity. Easy-to-use guidelines for diagnostic and treatment decisions, user-friendly orientations to current evidence-based treatments, solid coverage of phenomenology and epidemiology, and informative case examples, all make this a gem of a reference.—Howard Steiger, Ph.D., Head, Eating Disorders Continuum, Douglas University Institute; Professor, Psychiatry Department, McGill University

Pocket Guide for the Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders is a perfect pocket book primer on the state of the science and practice in treating people with feeding and eating disorders. Each chapter, covering anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant restrictive food intake disorders, and atypical eating disorders, succinctly summarises key knowledge, with tabulated pointers for easy reference. Clinical case descriptions bring the material to life, marrying theory with practice in an accessible form. Written and edited by leaders in the field, this book will become essential reading for practitioners new to working with people and their families where a feeding or eating disorder has emerged, ensuring that evidence-based care is at the forefront of any treatment approach.—Dr. Dasha Nicholls, MBBS, MRCPsych, MD(Res), FAED, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Honorary Senior Lecturer, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, Chair, Faculty of Eating Disorders, Royal College of Psychiatrists

In a comprehensive review of the eating disorder literature by experts and treatment innovators in the field, this groundbreaking book blends decades of invaluable research with the latest cutting-edge work to produce a practical and user-friendly guide for clinicians. This book is an excellent resource to help the busy practitioner quickly learn the most relevant and up-to-date information on how to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals across the wide range of eating disorder diagnoses. Making this book particularly useful, special features include clinical presentations, evidence-based treatments, treatment vignettes, clinical decision-making flow charts, and common outcomes for each diagnostic category. This book is a wonderful resource for both practicing clinicians interested in increasing their eating disorder treatment clinical repertoire, as well as for those who regularly treat this often-complex patient population.—Denise E. Wilfley, Ph.D., Scott Rudolph University Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychological & Brain Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

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