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    Eating Disorders

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    The Eating Disorders Program at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute

    Helping individuals and families reclaim their lives.

    Eating disorders don’t look the same for everyone. They present in many ways and their expression may change within individuals over time. Facing an eating disorder and seeking eating disorder treatment can be an extremely difficult struggle for individual sufferers and their family. Sadly, eating disorders may be difficult to recognize in early stages and even seem to be adaptive to the individual. However, sooner or later, eating disorders can interfere with all areas of adaptive functioning. 

    Motivation alone is often not sufficient for recovery.  Indeed, when left untreated, eating disorders tend to worsen over time and may lead to chronic and life threatening medical conditions.  According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), eating disorders represent the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric disorders and are the leading cause of mortality for women ages 17-24.  However, only 1 in 10 men and women receive treatment and of those who do, only 35% receive specialized treatment.1 It is extremely important to seek eating disorder treatment for yourself or a loved one who is struggling with such a disorder.

    1. National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD).

    St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute has been treating Eating Disorders since 1983. Our highly trained Eating Disorder Program team  is composed of experienced and licensed professionals who have expertise with a range of eating and associated disorders. We offer the following eating disorder treatment programs:

    Anorexia NervosaBulimia NervosaBinge Eating DisorderEmotional OvereatingDiabulimaOrthorexia | Compulsive Exercise | Selective Eating DisorderEating disorder behavior associated with other medical or psychological conditions. 

    “The difference is our team! You will work with a multidisciplinary team of highly trained, experienced, and licensed specialists. We work with you to develop a treatment plan based on research supported interventions and individualized to your needs.”

     
    We welcome the opportunity to treat individuals with complex challenges.  We benefit from being part of St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute by having the capacity to treat a full array of behavioral, emotional and psychiatric disorders through a multi-disciplinary experienced team of professionals and by partnering with the Institute’s nationally recognized specialty programs.  We frequently work with OCD, clinical perfectionism, and anxiety disorders, which frequently co-occur with eating disorders. We are proud to coordinate our services with the Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders (COARD)  to provide state-of-the art treatment based on the most current research.  We also treat depression and all forms of mood disorders; trauma; self-injury, and developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders

    We welcome diversity and treat both female and male clients at all ages.

    Our eating disorder treatment approach is evidence based, multi-faceted, and spiritually sensitive. Understanding the environmental, social, cognitive, emotional, and medical conditions maintaining eating disorder behaviors and symptoms; understanding the purpose of these behaviors; and teaching alternative adaptive coping skills are at the heart of treatment.  

    Our multi-disciplinary team of licensed professionals includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, and dietitiansSeveral of our senior clinicians have more than 20 years of experience in their field.  All of our clinicians regularly attend meetings, case presentations, and formal continuing education.  Together we provide comprehensive and effective care for eating and related disorders.

    Laura Huff, Ph.D., Director of the Eating Disorders Program, welcomes you to our website.

    Our goal is to teach you to be your own therapist.  We partner with you to extend treatment beyond our doors into your daily life and future.  We understand that eating disorders are not a choice but that active participation in treatment is.  The first step in recovery is to call a professional who can help.  Please make the choice to seek treatment and call us today. We are here to offer the necessary expertise and support to help reverse your eating disorder.  You do not need to go on this journey alone.   

    We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other providers entrusted with your medical care.  Together, we walk with you on the road to recovery. If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, please contact us at  636-532-9188.