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Residential Treatment for Eating Disorders
Teen eating disorders may be treated on an inpatient or outpatient basis. A variety of programs provide residential treatment for eating disorders for teenagers. Read this article to find out about some specific teen eating disorder residential treatment programs.
Some Background on Residential Treatment for Eating Disorders
The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) lists teen residential treatment programs for eating disorders. Because NATSAP requires its members to be licenses by appropriate authorities, it is a good resource to consult when seeking residential treatment for eating disorders. Someone who hasn't had prior experience seeking out a residential treatment facility for eating disorders can use the information on the site and the links to get an idea of the type of programs that are available. Information from NATSAP can be combined with recommendations from a pediatrician, school nurse or guidance counselor, as well as information from the websites of the treatment programs and direct interaction with program coordinators. To search the site, go to the webpage cited below and use either the category search or the keyword search to find relevant programs.
Sample Residential Treatment for Eating Disorder Programs for Teens
Searching the NATSAP site on the keyword phrase "eating disorders" turned up 21 programs. Some of these programs are for girls only, some for boys only, and some are coeducational. Children as young as 12 are accepted, and in some cases adult programs are offered, primarily, but not only, for young adults, but usually including 18- and 19-year olds, therefore teen programs strictly speaking. Residential treatment may be called residential treatment, or therapeutic boarding school, or outdoor behavioral healthcare program, or transitional independent living program, or a behavioral hospital. The programs differ in enrollment capacity and minimum stay duration. Some focus primarily on eating disorders, while other treat young people with a variety of issues, some of which may coexist with eating disorders, such as mood disorders, as well as other issues. Accredited schooling may be offered.
NATSAP Search Page: natsap.org
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