San Diego Eating Disorder Treatment

Specialized treatment program for adults with eating disorders.

Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are serious, complex illnesses that can arise from a combination of factors, and are often triggered by life stresses.

With early diagnosis and proper treatment, people with eating disorders have an excellent opportunity for complete recovery. The most effective and long-lasting treatment of an eating disorder is psychotherapy coupled with careful attention to medical and nutritional needs.

The team of compassionate experts at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital can help adults suffering from eating disorders develop healthier relationships with food and their bodies. The program is designed to treat the complex and long-term issues associated with eating disorders. Utilizing treatments based on evidence, we help patients gain freedom from obsessive thoughts and improve coping skills.

Treatment goals include:  

  • Decreasing body image distortion
  • Developing healthy coping techniques
  • Eliminating bingeing or purging behaviors
  • Improving functioning and quality of life
  • Increasing body acceptance
  • Treating physical complications
  • Reducing obsessive thoughts

A Team of Eating Disorder Specialists

team of specialists in psychiatry, internal medicine, psychology, nursing and nutrition offer the compassionate support, skills and tools that patients need to recover. With a high staff-to-patient ratio, these professionals work directly with each patient to personalize treatment based on the individual's specific needs.

Eating Disorder Treatment Options

All program participants receive medical examinations and necessary lab work, group therapy, nutrition assessment and counseling, supervised meals daily, body-image counseling, individual therapy, family therapy and psychiatric assessment and treatment as needed.

The program offers two levels of care:

  • Partial-hospitalization treatment — in which participants receive care at the hospital from 8 am to 2 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Intensive outpatient treatment — a step-down level of care for patients who have completed partial-hospitalization treatment, and for those whose symptoms don't warrant a higher level of care. Participants attend treatment 2 to 5 days per week, for 3 to 4 hours per day.

Find a San Diego Psychiatrist

To find a Sharp-affiliated doctor, search for a San Diego psychiatrist or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm, or send us an email.