When you confront an eating disorder, it’s helpful to know the types of treatment centers available to you and your family.
You may need to make tough decisions to get the right help. Just know that there are many treatment tools to aid in your recovery.
Specialists at the UPMC Center for Eating Disorders are on hand to discuss options. Contact them at 412-647-9329.
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Understanding Eating Disorders
Eating 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.
These disorders are not limited to girls — men and boys also suffer.
There are many kinds of eating disorders, but three commonly discussed include:
- Anorexia nervosa — eating much less than your body needs to function well.
- Bulimia nervosa — binge eating, followed by behaviors to offset the binge, like self-induced vomiting or using laxatives.
- Binge eating disorder — binge eating at least once a week.
Disordered 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.
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Treatment Centers for Eating Disorders
You have many of treatment options for your eating disorder — ranging from inpatient care to varied levels of outpatient care.
Knowing the different treatment levels and their goals can help you and your doctor decide what’s best.
Inpatient eating disorder treatment
Some people may need inpatient eating disorder treatment.
The goal of treatment is to stabilize your nutrition and health, so you can get ready for outpatient treatment.
Your care team will work together to design a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
The team includes:
Some inpatient eating disorder treatment programs are in a hospital. They can also be in a residential setting.
Outpatient eating disorder treatment
At the UPMC Center for Eating Disorders, outpatient eating disorder treatment comes in three levels:
- Partial hospitalization
- Intensive outpatient care
- Outpatient clinic
We decide your level of care based on how much supervision and help you need.
You spend most of your day in the eating disorder clinic, but spend the night at home.
At the clinic, you receive:
- Nutrition support
- Meal supervision
This program can serve as a:
- Transition out of inpatient care.
- Step up if outpatient treatment isn’t working.
- Starting place for those who need more support than outpatient treatment provides.
There are daytime and night programs for people who attend school or work.
These programs include nine hours per week of:
- Group therapy
- One-on-one therapy
- Meal support
- Nutrition education
- Medication management if you need it
Outpatient treatment often combines:
- One-on-one therapy
- Medical monitoring
- Nutrition counseling
Family therapy is also a vital part of treatment.
The UPMC Center for Eating Disorders doesn’t currently offer individual outpatient services.
When we assess you, we can help link you to an outpatient therapist if it’s the proper treatment for you.
To make an appointment, call 412-647-9329.
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is a nationally recognized leader in mental health clinical care, research, and education. It is one of the nation’s foremost university-based psychiatric care facilities through its integration with the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. UPMC Western Psychiatric is the hub of UPMC Western Behavioral Health, a network of nearly 60 community-based programs providing specialized mental health and addiction care for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors throughout western Pennsylvania.