How do clinics for eating disorders work? What kind of methods do they use, what kind of expertise do they have?
The larger clinics for eating disorders often have a team of experts on
different methods of treatment:
Doctors and psychiatrists
The treatment begins by making an inventory of the patient's
problems. In the case of serious conditions e.g., risk of physical
illnesses, patients are treated in hospital. The control and supervision
that can be administrated in a hospital may be necessary for these
patients. The treatment is structured and controlled so that they have to
eat in a better way.
In the case of minor problems, constraining methods are not necessary, nor
desirable. Hospitalising the patients is not necessary. They can be dealt
with as outpatients, e.g., by weekly visits to a therapist. Psychotherapy
is often more effective when it is combined with medicine.
Psychotherapists working in this area, who are in private practice, use a
circle of expert contacts when needed.