The EDT specialises primarily in early onset anorexia nervosa, atypical anorexia nervosa and related presentations. Often, we see children and young people who have additional complexities or medical needs. This can include some older children and young people who are given a diagnosis of avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) or rumination disorder, and some who have medically unexplained symptoms (for example, vomiting and weight loss).
We tend to see people who are aged seven and over, who may be able to respond to talking therapies. Children and young people are typically referred to the EDT because:
- They may not have responded to treatment in the usual way
- Their diagnosis is unclear
- There is a need for treatment at a level of intensity that cannot be provided at a local level
- They have co-existing medical problems
The child or young person may currently be an inpatient, in the early acute stages of their illness or have been ill for some time. Some people are referred to the EDT for treatment, and some may be referred for a second opinion about treatment they are currently receiving.