Eating Disorders
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Eating disorders are extremely dangerous. Still, most adolescents with eating disorders do not realize how very sick they are. They instead become experts at concealing their behavior and pretending everything is OK.

Over time, feelings of shame and guilt mount that only serve to worsen symptoms. The longer the eating disorder continues, the more unhealthy patterns of thought and behavior become reinforced. Left untreated, teens with eating disorders are at risk of sudden death due to:

  • Vital organ failure
  • Stomach rupture
  • Abnormal heart rhythms caused by electrolyte imbalances
  • Seizure, coma, brain death
  • Depression and suicide
  • Substance use-related injuries
  • Accidental drug overdose

All of these causes of death are preventable, because eating disorders are treatable. Furthermore, there is no reason to suffer alone with feelings of shame, guilt or other negative emotions. Eating disorders are common and many other people are going through the same thing. In fact, an estimated 20 million women and 10 million men have eating disorders in the U.S. alone, most of which began in adolescence.

Symptoms Vary

Symptoms of eating disorders vary by type, severity, frequency and duration. Patients may appear underweight, at normal weight or overweight, or weight may fluctuate quite a bit. Excessive exercise is common with all types of eating disorders. Patients also frequently have food- and meal-related ritualistic behaviors and do not like eating in front of others. The most common types of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder, all of which include type-specific symptoms.

Many teens with eating disorders also have co-occurring mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-harm behavior, drug or alcohol use disorders, or other behavioral conditions. At Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego, we understand the complexity of multiple issues and the importance of treating the underlying issues surrounding eating disorders along with the eating disorder itself. Our individualized treatment plans are designed according to specific needs and goals of each patient and her family.

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Eating Disorder Programs At Sovereign Health

Sovereign Health’s adolescent Eating Disorder Program in Rancho San Diego, California, offers comprehensive, holistic treatment for girls ages 12 to 17 with anorexia, bulimia or binge-eating disorder. Our program fosters the development of a healthy body image and lifestyle routine. Underlying and co-occurring conditions are addressed to break the cycle of disordered eating and restore physical and mental health. We also provide plenty of support for parents and families.

Our multidisciplinary treatment teams of physicians, therapists, dietitians and other professionals work together to provide the most effective treatment experience for each patient. Individual, group and family therapy provide a cornerstone for treatment. Other modalities include nutrition and exercise programs, experiential therapy and cognitive remediation.

The Sovereign Health Eating Disorder Program also fosters important life skills, which include interpersonal communication, healthy relationships, positive coping behaviors, nutrition and meal preparation, relapse prevention and much more. This program not only focuses on the treatment for eating disorders but also teaches important life skills to be successful in recovery.

We also offer neurofeedback as an adjunct therapy. Neurofeedback measures brain waves in response to different sounds and images using software interface. This noninvasive form of “brain training” helps patients learn self-regulation and to develop new neuronal connections. These new connections can override old thought patterns and reinforce healthy habit formation.

Our residential treatment program takes place at our treatment facility and patients reside in our 14-bed home-like residence. The residence is located on our beautiful Rancho San Diego campus where everything is geared toward teens. Patients enjoy plenty of outdoor recreation, including equine therapy and sports, as well as off-campus outings. Indoor activities are age-appropriate and designed to provide relaxation and self-expression. Patients are provided with professional supervision at all times.

At Sovereign Health eating disorder treatment centers, we provide ample opportunities for family and friends to show their love and support because that is such an important part of treatment at our eating disorder recovery center. Contact information, visiting hours, family weekends and therapeutic sessions allow loved ones to learn about eating disorders and be involved in the healing process. Many families find that the process brings them closer than ever before, and they are better able to manage the ups and downs of life together.

About Sovereign Health Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego realizes that children and teens are not just small adults. We provide age-appropriate, developmentally sensitive behavioral health treatment for adolescents with eating disorders, mental disorders, substance abuse and dual diagnosis. Our specialized professional staff members work together to meet the goals and needs of our young patients and their families. To learn more about our eating disorder programs or any of our specialized services, please call our 24/7 helpline.

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