There’s so much information available these days about different approaches to treatment for eating disorders that it can be easy to get confused and feel overwhelmed about having to make a choice. While it is fair to say that every eating disorder unit is different, there are also commonalities in the approaches to treatment. The meal plan is often referred to by sufferers and health professionals alike as the “best weapon” to fight the eating disorder. This is because if a patient can manage to stick to the plan each day then they are far less likely to relapse. The meal plan basically consists of a healthy, balanced, high calorie intake – usually in the region of around 3,000 calories to gain weight and about 2,250-2,500 for weight maintenance. A positive about daypatient treatment is you don’t have to sit at home alone faced with what is often a distressing and difficult task. The sense of camaraderie provides much needed support and there is often a feeling of going through the hard times together as group. Also, eating meals during weekdays at the EDU helps prepare the patient for weekends at home.
As a daypatient there is often the opportunity to go out with fellow patients and a nutritionist to practice “recovery food shopping.” This is often a valuable (although very challenging) experience as it helps the patient to gain much needed confidence and education about the types of foods necessary to maintain a healthy body weight. Ingredients for snacks or main meals may be purchased and brought back to the EDU to provide practice cooking sessions to later be used within the home setting at the weekend. Medical treatment for eating disorders, particularly acute, inpatient admission, is not generally required. The exception is when an eating disorder is so severe that the physical damage must be handled immediately, as in the case of an esophageal tear in a bulimic (bulimia side effects) or in the case of severe starvation in an anorexic (anorexia health problems).
Medical treatment of an eating disorder that includes prescription medication is needed more frequently. In this case, medications are prescribed, generally by a psychiatrist and may be intended to help treat the eating disorder itself or any possible co-occurring mental illnesses, such as depression, which is common in those with anorexia or bulimia. The type of program that is chosen depends on the severity and duration of the eating disorder. For those with a severe, long-standing eating disorder, inpatient treatment may be required. There are many Eating Disorder Treatment Florida and Bulimia Treatment Florida centers available for all people that suffer from eating disorders, it is highly recommended that you use a high quality eating disorder Florida center for your treatment.
Inpatient care is full-time and generally done in an eating disorder treatment center or in a dedicated wing of a hospital. The focus of this type of treatment is on creating new and healthy patterns in a person’s life while educating them about eating disorders and delving into why the patient’s eating disorder developed in the first place. Outpatient treatments for anorexia or bulimia are similar to inpatient care, but are only provided during the day. Outpatient (or daytime) eating disorder treatment is most appropriate for those who have a safe and supportive home to go to each night.