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Eating Disorders

Sanford's Eating Disorders Program specializes in diagnosing and treating eating disorders in adolescents and adults. We offer clinical services to treat anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and related forms of disordered eating.

Evidence based treatment options include outpatient, partial hospital or full inpatient services. It is our goal to help patients regain control of their lives and overcome the potentially life-threatening consequences of living with an eating disorder. Our programs are open to adolescents and adults and we strongly encourage family involvement each step of the way. There is hope for healing from eating disorders.

Outpatient Treatment 

Outpatient treatment for eating disorders is based on a multi-disciplinary team approach, which includes psychology, psychiatry, dietetics, nursing, and medicine. Each patient is assessed by the multi-disciplinary team and level of care is determined. If the team determines that the individual needs outpatient care, a treatment is developed, which typically includes 1-3 sessions per week with various members of the team. Depending on progress and severity of the individuals disorder transfers to higher levels of care may occur, but typically return to outpatient clinic. The outpatient team will work with the patient to ensure that appropriate treatment is being delivered overtime and that the patient is making appropriate progress.

Partial Hospital Treatment 

When OP care is not enough, but full hospital treatment is not indicated, the EDWMC Partial Hospital Program at Sanford offers more intensive treatment for teens and adults dealing with eating disorders. Patients take part in a full range of evidence-based therapies designed to help overcome eating disorders. Patients live off site but spend each weekday from 7:15 a.m.-6.30 p.m. in the partial hospital. Intensive outpatient services, with shorter daily hours, are offered through the partial hospital program as well.

Inpatient Care 

When an eating disorder is considered life-threatening, close monitoring is often required. Those who do not respond to outpatient treatment or partial hospitalization, or whose medical or individual treatment needs require it, may be admitted into the EDWMC Inpatient Eating Disorders Program located at Sanford Hospital. Treatment during the inpatient stage is intensive include milieu management, group therapy individual therapy, family based therapies dietary counseling and medication on based therapies. The EDWMC staff provide individualized guidance and support throughout the patient's hospital stay.