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Why Mental Health Care Is Failing Kids

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Sabey researched widely and found that evidence-based treatment for psychiatric problems like eating disorders is woefully lacking from clinical practice.

When Josh Sabey’s sister was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, his family wanted to provide her with the best care possible. But after spending thousands of dollars and seeing no improvement for years, they started to investigate what was going wrong. 

Josh and his mother Lisa Sabey researched widely and found that evidence-based treatment for psychiatric problems like eating disorders is woefully lacking from clinical practice. Conversations with experts including Cynthia Bulik, director of research at the University of North Carolina Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, also confirmed that their experiences being shut out of a loved one’s treatment was a common occurrence, even though family-based treatment has proven most effective.

The Sabeys created a documentary about their findings. “Going Sane” shows this Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Cary Theater at 7 p.m. Host Frank Stasio talks with Josh Sabey, Cynthia Bulik, and Joan Riederer, a mother who was locked out of her daughter’s treatment for anorexia and now advocates for better professional education and credentialing. 

Jennifer Brookland is the American Homefront Project Veterans Reporting Fellow. She covers stories about the military and veterans as well as issues affecting the people and places of North Carolina.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.