Cognitive-behavioral therapy for anorexia nervosa

T. Sasaki*, H. Kumano, H. Horie, S. Nomura, T. Kuboki, H. Suematsu, M. Obayashi, M. Sakuramoto

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In recent years, cognitive-behavioral therapy has become prevalent not only in Western countries but also in Japan. There are some reasons for this. First, cognitive-behavioral methods are directly concerned with thoughts and feeling that are important in psychiatric and psychosomatic disorders. Secondly, these methods have scientific basing and are more amenable to evaluation in clinical trials. Thirdly, cognitive-behavioral therapy is comparatively easy to use. It can be applied to depressive disorders, anxiety and obsessive disorders, eating disorders, and certain somatic problems, etc. Our research group made a manual of cognitive-behavioral therapy for anorexia nervosa supported by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in 1991. We also revised a manual for clinical study of anorexia nervosa in 1992. The aim of this study is to compare cognitive-behavioral therapy with an operant conditioning treatment with brief psychotherapy. This is a multi-center study that was begun in October, 1992. In this paper, we will outline our manual of cognitive-behavioral therapy, and the revised one for clinical study, and make an interium report of the study in our department.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-181
Number of pages7
JournalJapanese Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Mar 18
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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