TREATMENT FOR EATING DISORDERS FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

GUEST: Tracey Cornella-Carlson, M.D., Medical Director of the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Programs at Rogers Memorial Hospital; Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Living with a eating disorder is a lonely place to be, and eating disorders currently have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Yet, only 1 in 10 receives treatment. “If we can see patients early on in their illness,” says Dr. Cornella-Carlson, “then we can help them recover more successfully.”

On this program, Dr. Cornella-Carlson describes the path toward successful recovery. Because those who suffer from EDs develop irrational thinking, she says, it’s important to treat children and adolescents before those thoughts become too entrenched, affecting behavior and creating unhealthy habits. As one young woman said, “As much as you want to believe you’re in control of the disease, it controls you if you don’t have the right skills to cut it off.”

To learn more about treatment of eating disorders and specialized treatment for children and adolescents, contact Rogers Memorial Hospital. Call 800-767-4411 or visit RogersHospital.org.