How Can an Eating Disorder Treatment Center Help?

Eating disorder treatment centers are places where people go to get intensive treatment for their eating problems. It has been observed that 90 percent of people who suffer from issues with eating or food are girls and women possibly due to their perception of linking food with stress and due to the society and media’s emphasis on a certain body type for women that they aspire to maintain frantically.

Since an eating disorder is more a psychological thing, there is enough counseling to make the person feel good and positive. Treatment can be impatient as well as outpatient. In an outpatient treatment center, the person does not have to be in the clinic all the time and can go to her home after counseling and medication.

The ‘intensive’ factor of the program in eating disorder treatment centers is directly proportional to the aggravating symptoms that a person suffers from. If the eating issue is not so severe and is manageable, then outpatient treatment is recommended where you can meet the therapist once or twice a week.

How do we determine how ‘intense’ the eating disorder is? Many eating disorder therapy units have what is known as ‘practice guidelines’ that help them in identifying the severity of the condition. For instance, if the person has lost lots of weight and is not able to do function in various spheres of life, like his professional field, his personal life, managing relationships etc due to this eating disorder, then the problem is said to be intense. Poor vital signs, heart problems, kidney problems, too much anxiety and depression are also reasons for the doctor to ask the person to go for the inpatient treatment program.

A teenage patient who belongs to the most vulnerable age group for both bulimia and anorexia nervosa is put in inpatient care for maximum 60 days in intense cases. For adults, the inpatient stay can range between duration of 45-60 days. Normally most inpatient treatment centers have a durational stay of 28-30 days. Reputed eating disorder therapy centers also have tie-ups with insurance companies who are ready to foot the bill.

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