Eating Disorders Treatment

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Eating Disorders Treatment

Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders

A comprehensive program that treats children and teens at every stage of an eating disorder, including inpatient and outpatient therapy

Eating disorders are characterized by unhealthy approaches to eating, weight and exercise.  But they are more than a refusal to eat healthy; eating disorders are complex psychiatric disorders. If your child has an eating disorder, she also might have problems with self-image, self-esteem and even depression.

As many as 24 million people in the United States have an eating disorder, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Most of the people who have eating disorders say that their disorder began before they reached age 20. Learn more about eating disorders.

Children’s Health℠ nationally recognized eating disorder specialists focus on caring for children and teens who have eating disorders. We also focus on research that’s trying to identify the genetic causes of eating disorders so that doctors can better target treatments to each individual patient.

Our Programs

ARFID Program

Treatments and Services

  • Psychotherapy
  • Day treatment
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Medication management
  • Therapeutic school
  • Behavioral programs
  • Group therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Recreation therapy
  • Music therapy

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Images of Hope. Words of Strength.

Each year on average, more than 185 young people find hope and healing at our Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children’s Health Specialty Center Plano. Children and teens suffering from an eating disorder may sometimes feel like they are all alone in dealing with the feelings that they are experiencing. Here, they are supported by their family and a passionate clinical staff, dedicated to treating and caring for the whole child, not just their eating disorder.

When our patients and families arrive, they are given artwork and letters - images of hope and words of strength, all unique messages of encouragement from patients and their families who have participated in the program.

Treatment tailored to your child's needs

Our goal is to help your child manage his or her eating disorder and to prevent the disorder from causing more severe physical or psychological problems.

We tailor each child’s treatment to their special situation. We can provide outpatient therapy to help prevent bulimic behavior from spiraling out of control or returning, as well as inpatient therapy for anorexia that has caused serious health problems in a patient.

Our inpatient unit offers:

  • 12 inpatient beds
  • Partial hospitalization program
  • Intensive outpatient program

If your child’s eating disorder has caused medical problems that must be addressed, The physicians who practice at Children’s Health and nurses take care of those problems right away. Your child might require hospitalization for a short time. Learn more about what to expect during your visit.

In your time here you'll make new friends, learn things about yourself and gain back your true self.
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Engaging the entire family

Eating disorders have no single cause. We can blame a culture that stresses appearance and body image or the media. These factors add to the problem, but recent research shows that your child’s eating disorder might be rooted in his genes. Anxiety, depression and other psychological factors also play a role.

Parents and family are critical to supporting children and teens who have eating disorders, but parents should never blame themselves for their child’s eating disorder or point fingers at others. Most of all, you should remember that your teen is often afraid and needs extra support when diagnosed with an eating disorder. The physicians who practice at Children’s Health work with you and your entire family to help your child manage an eating disorder.

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