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Why I no longer use the term "Maudsley Approach"

I know, I KNOW. I was one of the ones who worked VERY HARD to spread the term "Maudsley Approach" to describe what is now usually called Family-Based Treatment for eating disorders. There was a reason for that, which I'll describe below, but first I want to offer this New Year's Resolution:

2018 Resolution: STOP SAYING MAUDSLEY.

I do not expect everyone to agree with me. I do know that what I'm saying will annoy, piss off, and be misunderstood by some people.

But when language has grown fuzzy, muddled, and starts to mean different things to people that they then repeat, we sometimes have to set it aside. One term can't mean so many things and be useful.

I've been on a mission in the past year or so to ask people to describe what they mean by "Maudsley" and the range of answers indicates it has little communication value. You can find any number of people who will give you these answers:
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