Members of the Treatment Team
PRIMARY CARE PHYSICAN: A doctor that is knowledgeable with eating disorders should be your first stop in the process of treatment and is a MUST for everyone with an eating disorder. The physician will assess the individual’s physical condition. The physician will continue to be part of the treatment team and will monitor the patient to make sure he/she remains medically stable.
THERAPIST: The therapist focuses on unwrapping eating disorder symptoms, as well as the underlying issues that caused and continue to maintain the eating disorder. The therapist will also work on steps for recovery and healthier coping skills so the individual will no longer need to rely on the eating disorder. Types of therapy include Individual, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Art Therapy, Movement Therapy, etc.
NUTRITIONIST/DIETITIAN: At the beginning, the role of the nutritionist is to stabilize one’s nutrition and correct any deficits. The nutritionist will help develop a nutritional plan that meets the individual’s needs, stabilize the body’s chemistry, and establish healthy eating patterns. The goal should not be to change eating habits overnight, but to promote a healthier relationship with the food.
PSYCHIATRIST: Psychopharmacological intervention is now considered a very important part of eating disorders treatment for a large portion of those battling. The psychiatrist will prescribe medicine to help correct mood disturbances (i.e. depression and Anxiety). Medications may help curb obsessive and compulsive thoughts and rituals.
DENTIST: Physical changes in the mouth are one of the first signs an eating disorder is present. Studies show that up to 89% of those struggling with Bulimia show signs of tooth erosion, and 28% of all Bulimia cases are first diagnosed by dental professionals. When on the path to recovery, it is imperative to see a dentist to check for any erosion, bone loss, and/or damage done.