The psychopharmacological management of eating disorders in children and adolescents

  • Leigh L van den Heuvel
  • Gerhard P Jordaan

Abstract

In this review we synthesised current literature on the psychopharmacological management of eating disorders (EDs) in children and adolescents (C&As). We focus specifically on anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN) and binge eating disorder (BED). The treatment of EDs is determined by physical and psycho-social factors and needs. Pharmacological management should therefore be viewed and incorporated as one component of a multi-disciplinary comprehensive treatment plan for specific requirements of a patient depending on the stage of the disorder. As there is a dearth of studies evaluating the use of psychopharmacology for EDs in C&As we first review the findings from studies performed in adults and then discuss specific studies performed in C&As. We include information from reviews and treatment guidelines to assist the clinician with an approach to the use of psychopharmacological agents in the treatment of EDs in C&As.

Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health 2014, 26(2): 125–137

Author Biographies

Leigh L van den Heuvel
Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University PO Box 19063, Tygerberg 7505, South Africa
Gerhard P Jordaan
Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University PO Box 19063, Tygerberg 7505, South Africa
Published
2014-07-15
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 1728-0591
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