Outpatient psychotherapies

In the event of a patient's weight loss not exceeding 20 per cent of her healthy weight, it may be possible to obtain a therapeutic response by outpatient treatment including attendance at non-specialist clinics in general psychiatry or child/adolescent psychiatry. The feasibility of this approach will depend on the availability of appropriate psychotherapeutic resources. The clinician should not imagine any conflict between the psychotherapeutic approach and weighing the patient. It is never justified to accept apparent compliance with psychotherapy if the patient's weight continues to decline.

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