Finding the Right Eating Disorders Treatment
When you discover that one of your children has developed an eating disorder, you first reaction is likely to be disbelief. Most parents have a hard time coming to terms with the idea that their child might have this disease. There are those that do not even realize that this problem is a medical disease, they tend to look at it as a personal problem. However eating disorders are a disease and as such you need to find the best eating disorders treatment program for your child if you want them to have the best chance of recovery.
Before you can choose an eating disorders treatment program for your child, you will need to have them properly evaluated by your family doctor. It is his job to make the initial assessment as to what type of eating disorder you child suffers from. Once the initial diagnosis is made, you will be able to select a treatment facility that is most likely to offer the best chance of a full recovery.
At the Center for Discovery you will find an eating disorders treatment facility that has staff on hand to treat your child and help them learn how to overcome their eating disorder so that they can get back to leading a healthy life.
Are Eating Disorder Treatments Successful?
Having found out that your child has been hiding an eating disorder for several months or years, you know that you have to do something to help them. If you do not find them some form of eating disorder treatments, their health is going to slowly worsen and your child could end up in the hospital in life threatening condition. Most parents understand that while they are not responsible for their child having an eating disorder, is their job to find the appropriate treatment program.
The only question most parents have is whether or not eating disorder treatments are successful and if so how long they take. The time frame depends largely on the child in question and how long they have been suffering from their eating disorder. Success also depends greatly on the program and the clinic or treatment facility you choose for your child.
At the Center for Discovery, we offer eating disorder treatments for children between the ages of 10 and 19 that have a very high success rate. We work with your child until we are sure that they have fully recovered and provide follow on care to ensure that they stay successful.
Does My Child Need to Be In an Eating Disorder Treatment Center?
Lately you have been watching your child and his eating habits a little more closely than you used to. You’ve been seeing him eat far too much and watched his weight gain seem to increase rapidly. Most people connect an eating disorder with anorexia or bulimia, those disorders that are often seen as girls that are too thin. When you have a child that eats constantly, you have a child that also has an eating disorder; a treatment center can help with this type of disorder as well.
When you admit your child to an eating disorder treatment center, he will get the help he needs from trained therapists, who will help him to understand why he eats the way he does. He will learn new coping skills to use instead of eating and he will work with a dietitian to learn more about what he should be eating.
At the Center for Discovery, we provide an eating disorder treatment center for a wide variety of eating disorders including binge eating, anorexia and bulimia.
Getting You Child the Eating Disorder Help They Need
Perhaps you have noticed that your child is skipping too many meals, or goes straight from the table to the bathroom. Or perhaps the opposite is the case and your child never seems to stop eating. They come home from school, grab a huge snack and then eat dinner. After dinner another snack and they keep packing on more weight. For either type of eating disorder, help is only a phone call away.
Your first call should be to your family doctor so that your child can be properly diagnosed. This diagnosis will help you find the right eating disorder help for them. Depending on the severity of their eating disorder, they may be suitable for an outpatient treatment program. If their disease has progressed in severity, they may need to be placed in an inpatient treatment program where they can learn to overcome their disease in a safe environment.
At the Center for Discovery your child will the eating disorder help they need to overcome their disease and go on to lead a happy healthy life.
What do Eating Disorder Clinics Have to Offer?
Once your child is diagnosed with an eating disorder, the doctor is likely to recommend that they attend an inpatient program. There are many different types of eating disorder clinics, but only a few that are dedicated to help teens rather than adults. As the number of teens with eating disorders has continued to rise, there are more of these clinics opening. They offer highly specialized programs that have been carefully designed specifically with this age group in mind.
Programs at these eating disorder clinics will help your child to understand why they have this eating disorder and then teach them what they need to do in order to overcome it. Because this is a disease, your child needs to know exactly what to do to avoid falling back into old habits. For most this will be lifelong recovery process that is going take plenty of support from their family once they have left the treatment center.
At the Center for Discovery, you will find one of the only eating disorder clinics on the West Coast that is dedicated to helping those aged between 10 and 19 to overcome this terrible disease.
Can an Eating Disorder Clinic Help Your Child?
Finding out that your child is not just dieting, but has a serious eating disorder can come as quite a shock and leave you wondering where to turn for help. An eating disorder is not something that is just going to go away by itself; it is a disease that must be diagnosed properly. You will need to start by taking your child to see your family doctor, he will be able to either diagnose your child properly or at least recommend an eating disorder clinic that has the skill and experience to make the diagnosis.
Once the eating disorder clinic has made their diagnosis, they will then be able to recommend an appropriate form of treatment. If the problem is caught in the very early stages, outpatient therapy may be enough. However if the disease is advanced, they may recommend that your child be admitted for a full residential treatment program. Rest assured that your child can overcome this disease, but only if you find them a treatment program.
At the Center for Discovery we are an eating disorder clinic that is dedicated to children between the ages of 10 and 19. These are the years when children are most likely to succumb to an eating disorder.
Selecting the Right Level of Care from Eating Disorder Centers
When you need more help than you can provide for your child to help them overcome their eating disorder, you can turn to the professionals at one of the eating disorder centers. They offer a variety of different treatment options including outpatient and inpatient. In most cases an outpatient setting may be tried first to see if they will respond to treatment without the need to be entered into a residential program. Often the decision as to which level of care should be selected is based in part on the patient’s actual body weight when compared to their ideal body weight.
This allows the professionals at the eating disorder centers to make a determination as to how serious the problem is and ensure that your child is going to get the appropriate level of care. With the understanding that both mental and physical states play an equally large role in the decision making process, your child will get the best possible care to help them overcome their eating disorder at the Center for Discovery.
Are There Eating Disorder Centers Just for Kids?
The tabloids are full of this star or that star going into treatment for their eating disorder; they really set a bad example for our kids. When your child ends up being diagnosed with an eating disorder, the last place you want to send them is to a treatment center that is intended for adults. Fortunately as this disease is becoming more widely recognized in children, more eating disorder centers that are intended just for kids are opening.
You cannot approach treating children with eating disorders with the same programs as those intended for adults. Eating disorder centers that are designed specifically for kids approach this disease from a very different point of view. They have staff that is trained to work with younger people and need a much gentler hand than adults. Children are far more likely to be affected by peer pressure and need therapy to help them overcome peer pressure as well as the disease itself.
The Center for Discovery is one of the few eating disorder centers that has been created specifically for children ages 10-19 and has staff that is fully trained for this purpose.
Should I Place My Child in an Eating Disorder Center?
There are many things that you need to take into account when your child is diagnosed with an eating disorder before you decide to place them in an eating disorder center. You need to talk to the doctor who diagnosed your child and find out how advanced their disorder is, he can tell you whether your child needs to be in an inpatient treatment facility or if an outpatient program is likely to have the desired result.
You also need to talk to your child, while they are a minor and do not necessarily have the final say; their feelings must be taken into consideration. You may also want to talk to someone from the eating disorder clinic you are considering as they are likely to have the experience you need to help you make the right decision to help your child overcome their eating disorder. Only after you have gathered all of the information together can you decide what type of eating disorder program is right for your child.
If you need help making the right decision, the Center for Discovery has a fully trained staff of professionals that you can talk with and will help you make the right choice for your child.
Teenage Eating Disorders are More Common than You Think
While you might think that you are all alone in the world when your child is diagnosed as having an eating disorder, you definitely are not. Teenage eating disorders affect thousands of teenagers and run the full gamut from Anorexia to Bulimia and binge eating. Today’s teens are under a tremendous amount of pressure from their peers and from the way that Hollywood seems to project the concept of the perfect body.
Teenage eating disorders need to be caught and treated at the earliest possible stage in order to prevent them from experiencing permanent physical and psychological harm. If you suspect your child has an eating disorder, you need to seek professional help immediately. In many cases outpatient therapy such as that offered at the Center for Discovery can help, in more severe cases we offer a complete residential program specifically for those between the ages of 10 and 19.