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Role of a GP

The general practitioner (GP) is usually the first point of call when an eating disorder is suspected.

Your GP should be able to asses and evaluate the individual through a series of physical tests and by referring to standardized assessments they should be able to confirm the presence of an eating disorder.

From this point, an appointment will be made to refer the individual to the most appropriate service. This would usually involve the GP making an appointment with a psychiatrist, psychologist and or your local community mental health service. In some cases, this may involve an emergency admission directly to an inpatient specialist service. However, this is usually the last port of call.

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It is worth mentioning that there can be a long delay between the first point of contact and provision of a service, this is by no means under the control of your GP however the best advice for carers and parents is to be persistent

Help and Treatment

There are a variety of ways either you or someone you care about, can gain support and different types of treatment. This can vary from accessing online support, telephone helplines, self-help books, peer support groups run by voluntary agencies and charities (listed in our self-help section), and traditional healthcare services that can be accessed via your GP.

The type of healthcare professional or service you are referred to by your GP may vary. You may see a variety of specialist professionals like psychiatrists, psychologists, dieticians, nutritionists, and counselors.The context in which this treatment is provided may also vary e.g. inpatient, day services, intensive outreach service, etc. Athough the vast majority of treatment will be provided in an outpatient basis where you are asked to attend a clinic appointment in your local area.

The type of treatment or intervention you receive may vary, however, we do have some professional guidelines which guide us in the psychological interventions we provide for people with an eating disorder such as the NICE guidelines ( or the Scottish Psychological Therapies Matrix (

The following is a list of psychological interventions that are recommended by the guidelines to treat eating disorders. Please note there are many other different types of therapy which have not been listed here:

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) | An individual, time-limited therapy that looks at the way a person thinks, feels and acts, and the events and relationships that underlie these reactions (often from childhood or earlier in life)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) | Individuals that or group therapy looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects our emotions and the way we act.
  • Family Interventions | These include a variety of structured interventions involving the whole family in helping to treat an eating disorder including Family Based Treatment (FBT) also known as the “Maudsley Model”. For more info: (
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) | An individual, structured intervention that looks at how relationships can impact on eating disorder symptoms
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) | A structured individual therapy that aims to help individuals resolve their ambivalence about making changes.

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Private Policy

The Scottish Eating Disorder Interest Group (SEDIG ("We")) are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.

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For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act), the data controller is SEDIG, , MCN for Eating Disorders North Scotland.

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We may collect and process the following data about you:

- Information you give us. You may give us information about you by filling in forms on our website ( or by corresponding by phone, email or otherwise. This includes information you provide when you register for online services, become a SEDIG Member, sign up for our email newsletter, register for an event, enquire about volunteering opportunities, enquire about fundraising opportunities; make a donation and when you report a problem with our site. The information you give us may include your name, address, email address, telephone number, date of birth and financial information e.g. credit card details.

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The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area ("EEA"). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. Such staff maybe engaged in, among other things, the processing of your payment details and the provision of support services. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. SEDIG will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

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We will take reasonable precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information. Of course, data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.

We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure servers. All electronic transactions you make to or receive from us will be encrypted

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