Types of Treatment and How They Help

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Types of Treatment and How They Help

Individuals with eating disorders can make a complete recovery. Effective care usually involves a multidisciplinary team of specialists who develop a plan that best suits the needs of the individual and his/her family.  Individuals seeking outpatient treatment typically work with a psychotherapist, dietitian, and physician, and may participate in group therapy or a support group.  Individuals in need of more intensive treatment may benefit from an inpatient, day treatment or intensive outpatient program before they return to outpatient therapy.  

The following types of treatment may be useful:

  • Psychotherapy Individual, couples or family therapy with a licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker or professional counselor, can address the behaviors, thoughts, feelings, family patterns and underlying patterns that are associated with the eating disorder


  • Support Groups and Group Therapy – Groups provide an opportunity for individuals with eating disorders to obtain support and gain feedback from their peers. Click here for information about AABA of Philadelphia free monthly support group. 


  • Nutrition Therapy – Registered dietitians help with: challenging food and weight beliefs, understanding nutrition needs and how to meet these needs, and strategizing ways to lessen eating disorder behaviors.


  • Medical Care – Monitoring by a physician with expertise in the treatment of eating disorders can address problems such as low weight, irregular menstrual periods, digestive disturbances, bone density loss, and health risks. A physician can help set weight goals and interpret physical symptoms within the context of the eating disorder. 


  • Medication Sometimes medication may be prescribed by a psychiatrist, primary care physician, or nurse practitioner to augment psychotherapy in the treatment of depression, anxiety or obsessive thinking.  


  • Treatment Programs - Structured treatment settings are sometimes necessary to restore low weight, provide safety, or offer a structured environment where individuals can focus exclusively on their recovery. These may include Intensive Outpatient Programs, Day Treatment, Residential and Inpatient Programs.


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