Eating Disorder Treatment
Dr. Olivia Lee, psychiatric nurse practitioner in Scottsdale, AZ, specializes in eating disorder treatment with medication management and counseling services. Please contact us to discuss our treatment options and availability!
What is an Eating Disorder?
Eating disorders are a group of mental disorders that are characterized by intrusive thoughts about food and disturbed body image. These thoughts are often accompanied by some type of disordered eating behavior(s). These behaviors can include things such as excessive food restriction, purging, or binge-eating. The causes of eating disorders are complex and not completely understood, but a combination of genetic and environmental factors appears to play a role. Eating disorders, especially when not treated appropriately, tend to have the highest mortality rates out of all mental disorders.
What about eating disorder treatment?
As a whole, eating disorder treatment is multifaceted and requires a high level of speciality skills and knowledge. In addition to the psychological aspects of eating disorder treatment, your provider must be familiar with the many medical complications that can occur with these disorders. Patients with eating disorders are also likely to have other co-occurring mental health problems such as substance use, depression, or personality disorders.
The focus of eating disorder treatment is largely dependent on the severity of symptoms and the level of care. In the inpatient or residential treatment setting, the primary goal is safety, psychological stabilization, and weight restoration. In the outpatient setting, there is more of a focus on healthy eating, implementing coping skills, and improving quality of life. These goals are best met through a combination of mental health professionals including a registered dietician, a therapist, and a mental health provider such as a psychiatric nurse practitioner or a psychiatrist.
With the proper support and guidance, individuals with eating disorders can lead happy and healthy lives in recovery. Dr. Olivia Lee of High and Grounded has extensive experience in eating disorder treatment. Her doctoral research was focused on the use of mindfulness-based eating skills with a group of young adult women. She has worked in several eating disorder treatment centers are varying levels of care including intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential.