Eating disorders are medical illnesses that with the right individualized treatment plan, people can change their behaviors and meet their nutrition goals…
Binge eating, anorexia nervosa and bulimia are all treatable illnesses but without receiving the appropriate treatment for these eating disorders, symptoms can be life threatening. Proper diagnosis is the first step when seeking treatment for eating disorders. Hospitalization may be necessary for some in order to treat the problems associated with malnutrition. Since eating disorders are multi-faceted, a treatment plan can best be served by a team which may include a physician (primary care physician, pediatrician, cardiologist, etc.), psychotherapist, dietitian, psychiatrist, case manager and additional therapists (yoga therapist, art therapist, etc.).
Eating Disorders Treatment
Individual, group, or family psychotherapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is considered the best type of treatment since it seeks to change the thought patterns and thus behaviors of those suffering from eating disorders.
Medical care and monitoring
Individuals who suffer from eating disorders can often have other medical issues such as anxiety, depression or substance abuse. Those who are binge eaters are at risk for cardiovascular disease.
Learning to eat healthy, plan and monitor food choices are important to overcoming eating disorders.
Antidepressants are the most common medications used to treat eating disorders that involve binge-eating or purging behaviors
Treatment Goals for Eating Disorders:
Treatment must address the eating disorder symptoms, medical consequences as well as the psychological and biological causes for the eating disorder.
- Restoring adequate nutrition
- Bringing weight to a healthy level
- Reducing excessive exercise
- Stopping binging and purging behaviors
Pasadena Outpatient is approved for the treatment of eating disorders by all the insurance companies and The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Treatment includes but not limited to deep psychotherapy, nutritional guidance, support groups, monitored by our MD and sometimes psychiatric medications are helpful. For more information on how Pasadena Outpatient can help you with your eating disorder treatment, please contact us at 800-521-1766.