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What is outpatient care for anorexia treatment? is it different from inpatient care?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Severity rules here.: The severity of anorexia is a major factor.Chronic anorexia has big medical problems; severe muscle mass loss, electrolyte abnormalities that can cause siezures and cardiac abnormalities, endocrine issues including fertiliity and menstrual problems. Outpatient care is best unless the medical problems become life threatening. Counseling, groups, medication and family support are needed.
Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Therapy: The therapy needs to be with a professional who has extensive experience with the treatment of eating disorders. It may also involve the collaboration with a nutritionist and internist. The patient needs to be ready to do the work required in therapy and be honest about her struggles. It is only when the patient is unable/unwilling to do the work that an inpatient may be necessary.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What is outpatient vs inpatient care for anorexia treatment?

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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Issue of Severity: In the treatment of anorexia nervosa, the level of care is determined by the severity of the illness and the needs of the patient. Inpatient care: need for parenteral or tube feedings due to severe with loss. Suicidal ideation due to depression. Damaged organ systems needing acute medical care. Outpatient care: borderline weight loss, better insight into issues, stable medical condition.

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