About Dr Richard Kreipe

 About Richard E. Kreipe, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED For 40 years, my academic and clinical activities have focused on adolescent medicine, informed by the biopsychosocial model, within the context of the processes of adolescence, and a developmental framework that emphasizes a youth’s personal strengths, assets, and positive qualities, rather than weaknesses, deficits, or problems. With respect to the evaluation and treatment of an adolescent or young adult affected by an eating disorder, rather than focusing on symptoms of mental illness, there is benefit in considering a youth’s personal experience of adolescence with respect to four transformations that can be directly linked to the development and maintenance of the condition: 1) girl-to-woman or boy-to-man for females and males, respectively (puberty); 2) child-to-adult (identity); 3) childhood-to-adulthood (autonomy); and 4) reactive-to-proactive behaviors and thinking as brain circuitry matures between 12 and 25 years of age (brain development).  

‘To run you have to eat’ – how self-determination set Audry free from anorexia

‘To run you have to eat’ – how self-determination set Audry free from anorexia

The second article in a “patient and doctor” series on understanding eating disorders Dr. Richard Kreipe’s recollection of treating Audry After more than five years of treatment for restrictive anorexia nervosa in various inpatient and outpatient settings in which she was unable to achieve or maintain a minimal healthy body weight, Audry was branded as […]