When you confront an eating disorder, it’s helpful to know the types of treatment centers available to you and your family.\nYou may need to make tough decisions to get the right help. Just know that there are many treatment tools to aid in your recovery.\nSpecialists at the UPMC Center for Eating Disorders are on hand to discuss options. Contact them at 412-647-9329.\nUnderstanding Eating Disorders\nEating disorders are abnormal eating patterns and dieting behaviors. They occur along with obsessive thoughts about food or body image and a number of other behavioral problems.\nThese disorders are not limited to girls \u2014 men and boys also suffer.\nThere are many kinds of eating disorders, but three commonly discussed include:\n\nAnorexia nervosa \u2014 eating much less than your body needs to function well.\nBulimia nervosa \u2014 binge eating, followed by behaviors to offset the binge, like self-induced vomiting or using laxatives.\nBinge eating disorder \u2014 binge eating at least once a week.\n\nDisordered eating can cause a range of physical health problems along with emotional pain. Enrolling in an eating disorder treatment program can help you overcome these challenges.\nRELATED: Can You Identify These Eating Disorder Warning Signs?\nTreatment Centers for Eating Disorders\nYou have many of treatment options for your eating disorder \u2014 ranging from inpatient care to varied levels of outpatient care.\nKnowing the different treatment levels and their goals can help you and your doctor decide what\u2019s best.\nInpatient eating disorder treatment\nSome people may need inpatient eating disorder treatment.\nThe goal of treatment is to stabilize your nutrition and health, so you can get ready for outpatient treatment.\nYour care team will work together to design a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.\nThe team includes:\n\n\n\n\n\nPsychologists\nPsychiatrists\nTherapists\n\n\n\n\nNurses\nSocial workers\nDietitians\n\n\n\n\n\nSome inpatient eating disorder treatment programs are in a hospital. They can also be in a residential setting.\nOutpatient eating disorder treatment\nAt the UPMC Center for Eating Disorders, outpatient eating disorder treatment comes in three levels:\n\nPartial hospitalization\nIntensive outpatient care\nOutpatient clinic\n\nWe decide your level of care based on how much supervision and help you need.\nPartial hospitalization\nYou spend most of your day in the eating disorder clinic, but spend the night at home.\nAt the clinic, you receive:\n\nNutrition support\nMeal supervision\nCounseling\n\nThis program can serve as a:\n\nTransition out of inpatient care.\nStep up if outpatient treatment isn\u2019t working.\nStarting place for those who need more support than outpatient treatment provides.\n\nIntensive outpatient\nThere are daytime and night programs for people who attend school or work.\nThese programs include nine hours per week of:\n\nGroup therapy\nOne-on-one therapy\nMeal support\nNutrition education\nMedication management if you need it\n\nOutpatient clinic\nOutpatient treatment often combines:\n\nOne-on-one therapy\nMedical monitoring\nNutrition counseling\n\nFamily therapy is also a vital part of treatment.\nThe UPMC Center for Eating Disorders doesn’t currently offer individual outpatient services.\nWhen we assess you, we can help link you to an outpatient therapist if it’s the proper treatment for you.\nTo make an appointment, call 412-647-9329.