One of the questions that providers often have is, “When should I refer a patient to eating disorder specialty care?” A provider may ask this if they are seeing a patient that has eating disorder symptoms such as changes in weight, a preoccupation with food and numbers, and other common symptoms. A provider may also see things in physical exams or lab results that cause concern. The bottom line is that if you are concerned that there is an eating disorder present in a patient, there almost positively is. Eating disorders live in secret and in hiding. If the eating disorder symptoms are noticeable to a provider, then the patient’s eating disorder has most likely been there for a while and may pose an immediate risk.
Archive for November, 2018
Dr. Jillian Lampert, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., L.D., F.A.E.D., is The Emily Program’s Chief Strategy Officer. Additionally, she is the Co-Founder and President of the Residential Eating Disorders Consortium (REDC), an organization whose main goal is to ensure access to care and elevate standards of practice across treatment programs by working collaboratively to address issues that impact the eating disorder treatment community. One of Dr. Lampert’s primary goals in life is to have her fourteen-year-old daughter grow up loving her body and herself.
What are eating disorders?
Eating disorders are prevalent and often severe mental health illnesses that are categorized by a disturbance in eating behaviors and related changes in thoughts and emotions. There are many types of eating disorders and treatment is available. While serious, eating disorders do not have to be a lifelong illness. Individuals can experience recovery and continue on to live healthy, happy lives.
Emily DuBord is a Registered Nurse at The Emily Program. When she is not working at the Anna Westin House, she loves hanging out with animals, being outside, and reading.
The Emily Program: Tell us about yourself!
Emily: Hello Everyone! My name is Emily DuBord and I have been a registered nurse at the Anna Westin House for just shy of 2 years. I am an avid animal lover and own a small hobby farm. My pride and joy is my sassy pet pig, Oliver. Oliver has many siblings at the farm including two very brave and loving Great Pyrenees pups who keep him and his siblings safe, 2 goats–one of which is a fainting goat–4 ducks, 6 chickens, and 3 cats. Many women in my family are registered nurses and I am so grateful to have had the opportunities that I did that allowed me to be able to follow in their footsteps. I am passionate about nursing and believe it shows in the work that I do. I also love to read, bike, kayak, boat, have bonfires, trap shoot in my backyard, and be outside.
We reached out to The Emily Program community and asked them to share their best holiday advice to those in eating disorder recovery. Here is what they said!