Recovery takes courage and hard work. The support of a team of eating disorder specialists can facilitate this process. On your team, you will have a primary therapist for psychotherapy, a nutritionist to address your nutrition needs and concerns, a physician to monitor your health and, if needed, a psychiatrist to provide medication. At times other consultants, family or group therapy, or more intensive treatment (such as residential) may be needed.
Like most relationships, a treatment relationship relies on a good “fit.” Many people find it helpful to contact several providers before making an appointment. Most providers expect to spend a bit of time on the phone with you answering your questions and getting to know your needs. You can expect to be asked your age, the nature of your problem, previous treatment and how you were referred to the provider.
Above all, be an informed consumer. Make sure you have your questions answered respectfully and that you feel reasonably comfortable with the treatment provider’s response to you.
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