Remission Resources: Picking Your Outpatient Team

This is my very first Remission Resources post and I am incredibly excited to write it today.  Last week I published a post saying that I would be making some positive changes to this blog that would help encourage people to fight back against their eating disorders. These new “Remission Resources” posts (which will be published every Monday) are apart of these new changes that will be taking place.

Today’s “Remission Resources” post will be focused on giving you the tools you need to help you put together an experienced outpatient treatment team. Throughout my years in being a member of the eating disorder community, I have meant so many women and men who have tried to battle their eating disorders are their own. In my opinion, that is one of the most ludicrous ideas I have ever heard of in my life. Eating disorders are life-threatening brain disorders that won’t hesitate to kill.  If you had any other potentially fatal illness and were told the only chance you had for survival was to undergo a specific treatment, what would you do? Get the treatment of course!  You would not try to recover from the illness on your own! That would be insane! Now what on earth makes you think an eating disorder is any different?

If you want to get into a solid remission from your ED, you need help from a multi-disciplinary team of ED professionals. I know that putting together a team on your own can be challenging and sometimes seemingly impossible, but you are not alone in this. I have your back. This post will guide you through the steps of creating the best, most  supportive outpatient treatment team possible.

Creating an Outpatient Treatment Steps

1. It is extremely important to remember that you need a multi-disciplinary team of ED professionals in order to help you fight your eating disorder. This means your team must consists of a psychiatrist to monitor your mental health and medications, a registered dietitian,a primary care physician to monitor your physical well-being, and a therapist or psychologist to help you tackle the tough emotional stuff.  All of these health professionals need to be experienced in the treatment of eating disorders and should be fluent in current research.

2. Go to AED’s Find a Professional tool. Here you can easily search for psychologists, dietitians, psychiatrists, and primary care physicians. Another superb website is IAEDP’s Find an Eating Disorder Professional tool. Though both these tools are rather similar, I like the IAEDP’s tool better because I feel like the professionals who are members of that organization are more qualified.   If you still are struggling to find people, go to EdReferral.com .

3. After you gather a potential list of people to be in your treatment team, contact these people. Ask them what their treatment philosophy is and what evidence they have that supports this philosophy. Ask them how long they have been treating eating disorder patients and if they are members of any eating disorder organizations.

4. If you like what you hear, see if you can make an appointment to meet with them. If you find them to not be qualified enough to treat ED patients or if you think they are using “old-school” treatment methods, hang up and start searching again.

 

Finding a proper treatment will be difficult, but it will be worth it. You deserve to get better. You deserve to live a life without worrying about calories, exercise, binging, purging, and laxatives. You deserve to get better!

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