The Importance of Multidisciplinary Eating Disorders Treatment

November 11, 2014 6:02 PM

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Each eating disorder is unique, and the appropriate treatment approach varies depending on the severity of the illness, as well as one's medical and psychiatric status. While one person may be able to spend an hour each week with a therapist and interrupt their maladaptive thoughts and behaviors, another may need to spend weeks or months at each stage of the eating disorder treatment continuum (inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient) before general outpatient care can sufficiently support their recovery. Even though each recovery journey is unique, more than three decades in this field has revealed a single best practice that I believe can benefit every eating disordered individual -- a multidisciplinary treatment team.

Simply put, a multidisciplinary treatment team means that professionals across multiple disciplines are involved in the patient's recovery process, including psychiatry, therapy, dietary and internal medicine. A multidisciplinary approach makes sense when we consider that eating disorders have psych...

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