Eating Disorders Clinic
The Eating Disorder Clinic is dedicated to helping people overcome anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. The clinic does not provide services for other eating problems such as binge-eating disorder.
While the clinic does not currently offer inpatient treatment, patients are sometimes referred by the clinic treatment team for inpatient care at a mental health inpatient unit in the patient's home community.
Inpatient treatment is usually intended for patients whose body weight and physical state are at a level that prevents appropriate treatment outside hospital; those whose bulimic behaviours are not improving with intensive outpatient treatment; or patients who are suffering from severe depression that interferes with their ability to function in the clinic programs.
Inpatient care will be absolutely essential for some patients (specifically for patients whose weight is below a BMI of 18) before they can be considered stable enough for the clinic outpatient program.
While inpatient care is separate from the Eating Disorder Clinic, patients may be referred back to the clinic for outpatient group treatment once they have benefited from hospitalization.
Treatment programs have been designated to offer a variety of treatment options through a series of outpatient groups. These groups address a variety of concerns associated with eating disorders.
Groups include meal experiences with patients such as:
In addition, a variety of skills groups such as assertiveness, coping and body image, help patients develop healthier and more effective skills in each of these areas. Therapy groups address self-esteem and relational issues and help patients gain insight into underlying issues that may contribute to the eating disorder.
Real change in our eating and life patterns comes about because we change how we feel inside. To do this, we have to learn more about ourselves and how we function - physically.
- Gurze Books - Eating Disorders Resources
- National Eating Disorders Association
- Nutrition in Eating Disorders
Abbie J. Lane Memorial Building
3rd floor, Room 3005
5909 Veterans' Memorial Lane
Halifax, NS B3H 2E2