MARCH 2009


Eating Disorders Program Expands

The Eating Disorders Program at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, established in 1962, has now expanded to treat adults.

“The social context of eating disorders — anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating — is not the same for adults as for adolescents, and the different nature of relationships with family members and intimates must be addressed,” says Michael Strober, Ph.D., director, UCLA Eating Disorders Program.

Cynthia Pikus, Ph.D.

Both the adolescent and adult programs offer two levels of care, delivered by a multidisciplinary team: Inpatient hospitalization for the most acutely ill patients and transitional day treatment. Individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, nutrition counseling, recreation therapy, and, if indicated, medication are part of the program. An outpatient group program for adults convenes twice a week.

“At each level of care,” says Cynthia Pikus, Ph.D., associate director, UCLA Eating Disorders Program, “there is a dual emphasis on restoring healthy eating patterns and physical well-being, and addressing the psychological underpinnings of the disorder and helping patients develop more adaptive ways of managing anxiety and stressors.”

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