Eating disorders affect all aspects of a person’s life — and that of their loved ones. They are characterized by abnormal thinking and behaviors related to weight and food. Eating disorders are very serious and, if not treated, can lead to lifelong problems. But they are treatable.
Men, women and even children can have an eating disorder. And while the causes of an eating disorder are unknown, research suggests that biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors can contribute.
Structured, Coordinated Approach to Eating Disorders
There are signs associated with an eating disorder, including playing with food rather than eating it, obsessing about weight, withdrawing from family and friends, and being hypersensitive to comments about food, weight, or appearance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.