Eating Disorders and Adolescent Medicine - Patient Care and Treatment

Eating Disorders and Adolescent Medicine - Patient Care and Treatment

Penn State Eating Disorders and Adolescent Medicine provides outpatient and partial hospitalization care for eating disorders in children, teens and adults.

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Binge Eating Disorder Clinic for Teens

Has your teen gained significant weight? Do they eat large amounts of food, often hiding their eating from you or other family members?

This may be a sign of Binge Eating Disorder - a serious condition that can contribute to major health issues and lower self-esteem, which can in turn lead to more binge eating.

Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder and is treatable with the right program of behavior modification and emotional support. Penn State Health offers the only program in central Pennsylvania to treat binge eating disorder at an early age, offering better lifetime outcomes.

How we evaluate and treat

At the Penn State Health Binge Eating Disorder Clinic, your child will be given a nutrition assessment, followed by a 15-week program that teaches them how to resume a healthy relationship with food.

  • Open to teens 12 to 18 years of age who have been diagnosed with binge eating disorder
  • Patients will be screened by a psychologist to determine a binge eating disorder diagnosis
  • Initial medical evaluation and/or psychiatric evaluation will be given if indicated
  • Multidisciplinary approach includes medical, psychiatric, psychological counseling and nutritional counseling services
  • Sixteen individual sessions of psychological counseling sessions with eight concurrent individual nutritional counseling sessions
  • Outcomes based on assessment parameters, including questionnaires, anthropometric measurements and laboratory tests assessed at each session

Location

Penn State Health Medical Group ­- Briarcrest Adolescent Medicine
905 W. Governor Road
Suite 200
Hershey, PA 17033

Times

  • One-hour appointments available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
  • To learn more or to make an appointment, call 717-531-2099.

Binge Eating Disorder Camp for Teens

The Penn State Health Binge Eating Disorder Camp is a 10-week group program of fun, fitness and food to help teens develop healthy eating behaviors.

Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder and is treatable with the right program of behavior modification and emotional support. Penn State Health offers the only program in the region to treat binge eating disorder at an early age, offering better lifetime outcomes.

How we evaluate and treat

Each teen is given an initial assessment for binge eating disorder, then each subsequent week focuses on a different component of triggers and healthy habits related to eating and managing binge eating disorder behaviors.

  • Open to teens 12 to 18 years of age who have been diagnosed with binge eating disorder and selected by our team to participate in the binge eating disorder Camp.
  • Services include 10 evening sessions with the psychologist and dietitian-nutritionist.
  • Participants will receive a counseling session with a therapist for the first 30 minutes, while a dietitian-nutritionist meets with the family to prepare food and discuss nutrition.
  • Group will come together for a nutrition education and counseling session that will include food preparation and cooking.
  • Group will eat together to end the evening.
  • Participants will keep food and activity records each week for nutrition assessment.
  • Participants will have nutrition assignments with “homework packets” on various topics each week.
  • Outcomes based on assessment parameters, including questionnaires, anthropometric measurements and laboratory tests assessed at each session.

Location

Briarcrest group room and kitchen

Time

Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

To learn more or to make an appointment, call 717-531-2099.

Intensive Outpatient Program for adults patients (ages 17 to 25)

This intensive outpatient program meets Monday through Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (evening hours may be available on a case-by-case basis). We treat young adults (ages 17 to 25) with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, and other specified eating disorders.

Our intensive outpatient program adheres to principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Patients meet regularly with a multidisciplinary team of providers with specialized training in eating disorders, including a therapist, dietitian, psychiatrist, medical provider, and occupational therapist. Additionally, patients participate in a variety of therapy groups and receive meal support.

Partial Hospitalization Program for children and adolescent patients (ages 8 to 16)

Our partial hospitalization program meets five days a week, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the school year and 7 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. during the summer. It includes a two-hour school component run by the Capital Area Intermediate Unit.

We involve the family in treating a child’s eating disorder. We believe children heal best when we work together with parents and caregivers, teaching them how to be directly involved in the child’s recovery and care.

Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is at the core of our young patient programs. This proven method of treating eating disorders encourages patients to face their fears. The aim is for patients to feel less anxiety over time through ongoing exposure. This is practiced in a safe, supportive environment, under the care of compassionate health professionals.

Families who live at least one hour away are eligible to stay at the Ronald McDonald House, a block from the clinic.

Learn more about our Partial Hospitalization Program for children ages 8 to 16 by calling 717-531-2099.

Partial Hospitalization Program for young adult patients (ages 17 to 25)

The young adult partial hospitalization program meets Monday through Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We strive to provide all patients with individualized, high-quality, evidence-based treatment. Our program adheres to principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy and encourages family involvement. Patients meet regularly with a multidisciplinary team of providers with specialized training in eating disorders, including a therapist, dietitian, psychiatrist, medical provider, and occupational therapist. Additionally, patients participate in a variety of therapy groups and receive meal support (lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner). Specific components of our treatment program include: psychoeducation related to eating disorders; enhancing motivation for full recovery; meal planning; self-monitoring of eating-related thoughts, behaviors, and emotions; exposure therapy; cognitive restructuring; distress tolerance skills; and family therapy as warranted to support recovery.

Patients who are enrolled in high school or college and live at least one hour away may be eligible to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. Adult patients must be supervised by a guardian or caregiver at all times when staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

Learn more about our Partial Hospitalization Program for young adults ages 17 to 25 by calling 717-531-7230.

Inpatient hospitalization

Children, adolescents and adults who are medically unstable due to their eating disorder can be admitted to Penn State Children’s Hospital or Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. We also provide referrals to other facilities that offer inpatient or residential treatment for eating disorders if a more intensive level of specialized care is needed.