Anorexia nervosa is a debilitating condition requiring extensive treatment. Scientists are continuously looking for new ways to treat this condition. A clinical trial has sought to investigate the effectiveness of cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) for the treatment of anorexia nervosa in adolescents.
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by extreme food restriction and an intense fear of gaining weight. It is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that affects people of all ages, but its impact on adolescents can be particularly severe.
Adolescents with anorexia nervosa often face cognitive impairments that can interfere with their ability to recover fully from the disorder. In an effort to correct this, CRT has been proposed as a treatment option for these patients.
Cognitive remediation therapy is a type of therapy that helps individuals with cognitive impairments, such as those with anorexia nervosa, to improve their thinking and reasoning abilities. However, its effectiveness in adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa requires further validation.
Clinical TrialA clinical trial looked at the effects of CRT on adolescent inpatients with anorexia nervosa and compared them to other treatment options.
The trial included 56 females aged 11-17 years diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. They were divided into two groups; one group received CRT while the other group received standard treatment. The study outcomes were measured with the help of several scores and the results of the two groups were compared at the end of the treatment and 6 months after treatment completion.