Treatment at Mayo Clinic for children, teenagers and young adults with eating disorders includes psychotherapy, nutrition counseling, medical care, medications and hospitalization when necessary.
Family-based therapy program
Mayo Clinic's family-based therapy program is highly successful in treating eating disorders in children, teens and young adults. Treatment depends on the type of eating disorder.
Each child and family is assigned an individual care consultant — a psychologist trained in family-based therapy techniques. Unlike many treatment programs, the consultant at Mayo Clinic cares for that person until full recovery. The program focuses on:
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- Involving parents and other close family members as a crucial part of the treatment team
- Developing an eating management plan for the person with the eating disorder and teaching family members how to implement that plan at home to continue progress
- Promoting effective communication and healthy family relationships
- Helping the person to develop more-effective coping strategies to reduce thoughts and behaviors associated with eating disorders
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