The aim of hospitalization is to tackle the main psychological and behavioural factors that cause the development and persistence of eating disorders.
The program includes:
- diagnostic phase (medical-internist; psychological and psychiatric);
- nutritional rehabilitation;
- individual talks with a psychiatrist;
- intensive psychotherapy (individual sessions 6 times per/week);
- group psychotherapy;
- family psychotherapy;
- psycho-educational groups, sexual education, and body image educational groups;
- music therapy.
Admission is carried out by a psychiatrist who outlines the program schedule and explains the rules. He / she also organises the most urgent diagnostic exams, which may include:
- blood chemistry exams;
- chest X-Rays, cranial CT or MRI scan;
- EEG, EMG, VEP, AEP, PESS;
- abdominal and pelvic ultrasound scan;
- computerized bone mineralometry;
- an internist consultation and ECG (if necessary Eco-Cardio Doppler), or Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD).
Further in-depth assessments can be carried out, if requested by any of the specialist consultants (all within the centre). At the end of the “Hospitalisation phase”, before being discharged, the patient receives their diagnosis and a suggested “Personalised Outpatient Therapy” follow-up plan, with the possibility of maintaining the same therapists who worked with them during hospitalisation.