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Eating Disorders Treatment Information
We provide several levels of care, including age specific groups, intensive outpatient and partial hospital programs. Treatment options include:
- Psychotherapy. This treatment involves talking with a licensed psychologist or other mental health professional. Psychotherapy can help you change unhealthy habits, develop coping skills and deal with negative feelings. Individual, family and group therapy play major roles in treating eating disorders. The right approach for you depends on many factors, including the type and severity of your condition. One type of psychotherapy is the Maudsley family-based approach, which emphasizes an active role for parents in helping children and adolescents recover from anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Additionally, many patients with bulimia and binge-eating disorder benefit from individual or group-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), art and movement therapy. Therapy can last from months to years.
- Medical care and management. Treatment may be necessary for malnourishment or other physical problems resulting from an eating disorder. If you have serious complications, such as dehydration or extremely low blood pressure, you may need to stay in the hospital for monitoring, feeding, fluid replacement, testing or other care. Additionally, when you begin recovering from malnourishment, a potentially fatal complication called refeeding syndrome can occur. This condition is related to fluid shifts and electrolyte imbalances that occur as you start eating again. We help you avoid refeeding syndrome by reintroducing calories gradually and keeping careful track of your body’s functioning. Medications can sometimes be helpful and individual recommendations will be given.
- Nutrition and other education. Our experts provide highly practical assistance in planning meals, understanding nutrition problems and achieving a healthy weight. Treatment may also include education and counseling in developing assertiveness, mindfulness and a positive body image.
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Eating Disorders Support Services
Learn more about eating disorders at these websites:
A Sampling of Eating Disorders Support Services
National Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders
This nonprofit organization provides extensive information on eating disorders and their treatment along with a help line, a forum and other resources.
National Eating Disorders Association
This nonprofit group advocates for patients and their families, offering general information on eating disorders as well as treatment referrals and other resources.
National Institute of Mental Health
This U.S. government agency explains the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders.