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At Brandywine Hospital, our residential-like setting sits on a beautiful 77-acre campus. We provide a residential setting with the professional care that only a hospital can provide. This includes stylish furnishings, WIFI, computers, and the comforts of home.

Care For All Types of Eating Disorders

Our compassionate and experienced team brings hope and healing to patients who often feel alone. Our team combines psychiatric management, psychotherapy, nutritional services, and family engagement throughout the recovery process.

We treat all types of eating disorders.

  • Anorexia nervosa. People with this disorder avoid or severely restrict food. A significant distorted body image accompanies this disorder in young females. Often the menstrual cycle stops.
  • Bulimia nervosa. An eating disorder where a person has periods of binge eating, and afterward they induce vomiting. Some abuse laxatives and exercise excessively. 
  • Binge eating disorder. People with this disorder engage in out-of-control eating of large amounts of food. They often feel a loss of control during the binge and experience shame guilt afterward.
  • Orthorexia. People with this disorder have an unhealthy obsession with healthy food. · Eating disorder not otherwise specified. People with this disorder have a significant eating disorder, but one that is not classified as one of the key defined eating disorders.
  • Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder. People with this disorder are extremely picky eaters. It does involve limiting the amount or types of food but does not involve any distress about body shape or size.

Structured, Coordinated Approach to Eating Disorders 

The experts at Brandywine Hospital effectively treat men and women, ages 13 and older, in a positive environment with 24-hour inpatient support. The treatment team works with you to address symptoms, treat underlying conditions, and find successful ways to break the cycle of disordered eating.

After an initial assessment, you receive a personalized treatment plan, including tools and the support needed for continued success at home.

At Brandywine Hospital, our treatments include:

  • 24-hour nursing support and access to physicians
  • Daily group programming
  • Daily psychiatric management
  • Educational support
  • Experiential therapy with art, music, and movement
  • Family-based therapy
  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • Medical monitoring and exercise assessment
  • Nutritional education and counseling and meal planning
  • Spiritual support
  • Experiential therapy with art, music, and movement
  • Consults with medical specialists as needed 

Complete care in a supportive environment.

Depending on the type of eating disorder and symptoms, our treatment plans address all the health conditions you face. We work with medical teams across specialties to bring the latest approaches as you recover and adopt new healthy behaviors. In addition to 24/7 nursing support, we offer a wide range of services and therapies.

Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Using psychotherapy, we work with each patient to help them focus on the behaviors, thoughts, and feelings associated with their eating disorder. We also work on issues related to trauma, self-esteem, stress, and other conditions. Outpatient therapy is coordinated to ensure future success.

Family Therapy

An eating disorder adds stress to relationships. Our family therapy teaches coping skills and ways to support a loved one through recovery. Out-of-area families may participate by phone or video conference.

Group Therapy

Whether it's an open-ended discussion or striving toward a set of goals, our group therapy uses cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and interpersonal therapy. We use art, music, and movement to reach the underlying emotions that can hold back recovery.

Nutritional Counseling

A registered dietitian works with you to form nutritional objectives and develop a meal plan, including Kosher, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets. Learning healthy eating habits restores nutritional balance and helping family members understand a meal plan encourages post-discharge success.

To promote personal responsibility for healthy nutrition, most participants have the opportunity to practice food selection in the dining room with the dietitian's guidance and to eat some meals independently with their family or significant other.

Our nutrition program brings together endocrinology and diabetes education for individuals diagnosed with diabetes. Participants receive medical management, including blood sugar monitoring/testing instruction and a monitored exercise program.

Psychiatric Management

You will meet daily with a psychiatrist who will oversee any medicine prescription, treatment planning, daily care and will coordinate consultations as needed. For adolescents, the team will talk with the parents about any psychoactive medication necessary before prescribing.

Discharge Planning

We’re here to ensure your success. Before discharge from the program, we make sure everyone involved is committed to the discharge plan — including outpatient therapy, meal planning, and plans for meal supervision at home.

Eating Disorders Support Groups

At Brandywine Hospital, our support groups offer you, your friends and family a place to feel safe and encouraged and learn that recovery is possible. Our groups are opened to anyone 13 years and older. Call for a listing of dates and times.