Friday, 28 August 2009
The Maudsley Approach
I have been doing some research and an approach called the Maudsley approach seems to me to make the most sense and to have the highest success rate - 75-90% after five years if the previous course of the illness has been short. This it has been - Waif was over 42kg at the start of the year which, whilst slim, was well within te normal range for a 12 1/2 year old of her height.
The approach also manages not to treat parents like either the enemy or idiots, and instead encourages them to be part of the solution.
The Maudsley hospital is 10 mins on DLR then 1o mins on British Rail from our house so door-to-door would be feasible within 40 minutes tops, so I reckon my mission on Wednesday with the GP is now crystallising: a referral to the Specialist Adolescent Eating Disorders unit at the Maudsley. If we need to pay, we will, but hopefully the NHS or BUPA will cover us one way or the other.