What is pervasive refusal syndrome?

Pervasive refusal syndrome is a severe condition which is significantly different to anorexia nervosa, although some symptoms may seem similar. The characteristics of persuasive refusal syndrome are: Refusal of food and drink Social withdrawal (this may mean complete silence) Partial or complete lack of self-care Partial or complete refusal to walk or mobilise in any […]

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Newbridge House is the focus of a BBC Radio programme

Newbridge House is the focus of a forthcoming BBC radio feature entitled THE TRUTH BEHIND, exploring eating disorders and our service. A parent of a young person treated at Newbridge describes their family’s experience, together with interviews with our dietitian, clinical manager, assistant psychologist and occupational therapist. The feature will be aired on the Caroline […]

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What is the relationship between body image issues and eating disorders?

By Rachel Matthews, Hospital Manager, Newbridge House Body image is defined as the perception a person has about their own body and the thoughts and feelings arising from that perception. Body image issues are very common, manifesting in different ways: for example, a person may be under-weight but believes they are fat. Very commonly, people […]

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Eating disorders relapse prevention: a family perspective

By Kay Gittins, Family Therapist, Newbridge House Towards the end of eating disorders treatment programmes, there is a focus on recovery and how to protect against an eating disorders relapse. The framework for this is often individual: how do I recognise the signs of a possible relapse? What are the possible triggers for me and […]

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Winter celebration and fundraising brings everyone together

Young people took part in a wide-ranging, imaginative Winter Celebration and raised money for the eating disorders charity, Beat. This year’s Winter Celebration included young people devising and acting in famous roles from literature, many musical performances and Christmas songs in sign language. There were also factual presentations, for example, with the key stage three […]

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Meal preparation and social eating support is effective, audit shows

An audit of meal preparation and social eating sessions at Newbridge has shown a consistent improvement for participants. The Newbridge occupational therapy (OT) team run a range of sessions to support meal preparation and social eating. Using a graded approach, young people begin by preparing simple meals, then progress to main meals (according to age […]

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