July 22, 2011

AAP endorses AED guidelines

Change is about as nimble as a glacier, I find. In other words: not.

The great books and documents and ideas of a field come rarely and are difficult to dislodge, so I am particularly delighted when solid new documents roll out to create a new canon from which to quote and refer.

The Academy for Eating Disorders Critical Points for Early Recognition and Medical Risk Management in the Care of Individuals with Eating Disorders is such a document and long may it live.

Had this pamphlet been available for me to print out when my daughter was diagnosed it could have changed the course of her treatment and our family's orientation to the illness. Had our pediatrician already read it, a very different train of events. How I wish I had it when I went to interview psychotherapists!

I'm really pleased to see this pamphlet endorsed by The American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed the guideline, (news story reprinted by F.E.A.S.T. by special permission) because we need more collaboration and less duplication out there. We need all the professional fields treating aspects of eating disorders to share information and share common understanding of the illness.


I'm also proud that F.E.A.S.T. and our members are working hard to help distribute the guideline around the world.

4 comments:

  1. That's just fabulous, Laura! I wish that every clinician, doctor, sufferer and loved-one of a sufferer had access to these documents. Hurray to you and FEAST for helping make that possible.

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  2. Charlotte Bevan2:12 AM, July 23, 2011

    I too am thrilled, Laura and am proud to be part of the UK team spreading the word. MIND has linked it for their staff as a resource and are hoping to get it up on their website soon. I hope other mental health charities around the world will follow suit.

    MBK - you rock - thank you for your hard work on this.

    Laura, the glacier is melting - slowly - but definitely melting.

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  3. Great news to read this a.m.! Thank you for sharing.

    I hope and believe that one day change will be less like a melting glacier and more like a mountain goat scaling the glacier --uber nimble and quick :)

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  4. I can think of a long email list that needs to be sent this document. Also I think perhaps I should print it, laminate it and wear it on a string around my neck. Maybe I could start a trend.

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