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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New cognitive tools to address negative emotions: 12th Masterclass programme is announced

The 12th Newbridge House Masterclass will focus on new cognitive tools which have been demonstrated to effectively address negative emotional states. Gerard Butcher, Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin, will lead the Masterclass, taking place on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019. The Newbridge House Masterclass series is a renowned forum, providing access […]

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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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Inspirational garden redesign is set to begin

An inspirational redesign and transformation of the garden space at Newbridge House will commence this summer. The themes and concepts for the garden design came from the young people at Newbridge themselves, creating a legacy from present to future patients. The project is the result of a collaboration between the James Brindley School, who provide […]

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Newbridge speakers present four sessions at key international conference

Four speakers from Newbridge House will deliver presentations at a prestigious international eating disorders conference this week. The 14th London Eating Disorders Conference is taking place from March 20 to 22 at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, featuring speakers from all over the world. The theme for this year’s conference is: putting patient and carer […]

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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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