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ARFID: old wine in a new bottle?: COMMENTARY ON… AVOIDANT/RESTRICTIVE FOOD INTAKE DISORDER

  • Glenn Waller (a1)
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In this commentary, some aspects of the context of this diagnosis are considered. It is suggested that avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is principally a reconfiguration of existing problems. However, it is also stressed that we still need to develop treatments that help patients and their families, given the expectation that has been fuelled by the promotion of the new diagnostic scheme. In developing those therapies, we should not forget that we previously had a number of psychosocial treatment approaches that were helpful for such children when their problems were labelled differently.

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Correspondence Glenn Waller, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield, Cathedral Court, 1 Vicar Lane, Sheffield S1 2LT, UK. Email: g.waller@sheffield.ac.uk
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ARFID: old wine in a new bottle?: COMMENTARY ON… AVOIDANT/RESTRICTIVE FOOD INTAKE DISORDER

  • Glenn Waller (a1)
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