It will be difficult but it will be worth it!
Starting the recovery from an eating disorder is one of the most difficult tasks that most of our patients face.
Obtaining a proper and comprehensive diagnosis is the first step to start recovery. Treatment must address all aspects at the same time and at the same level of importance, prioritizing at the moment the symptoms with the highest risk for life and subsequently for well-being.
The management of nutritional rehabilitation and medical care are an indispensable part of the improvement, since a chronically malnourished brain “thinks, feels and perceives differently.”
There are different levels of care and treatment that our professionals can determine and advise once the first evaluation is made. In general, treatment has been clearly documented to be most effective before the disorder becomes chronic; Despite this, recovery is possible even in chronic and severe disorders.
Patients with an eating disorder require multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary treatment. At Start Over, the team is made up of: doctors, nutritionists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, family therapists, therapeutic and nutritional companions, nursing, occupational therapists, exercise therapists and other support professionals specialized in the treatment of eating disorders.
The general consensus is that comprehensive treatment requires a broad spectrum of therapeutic interventions. These range from medical nutritional rehabilitation, nutritional and therapeutic interventions. In Starting Over, family and caregiver involvement is very important and essential, which is why we have basic psychoeducational interventions for both the patient and the support network, and various nutritional and technical interventions for the development of specific control skills. of symptoms. We place special emphasis on developing our psychoeducational program through Family Days, nutrition groups, and crisis intervention and support groups for parents and caregivers.
There are different evidence-based psychotherapies that throughout these more than 20 years of work, we have been adapting and implementing in our patient population. Some of these are cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive remediation therapy, emotion-focused therapy, exposure therapy, temperament-based therapy, among others. Some of these therapies have programs with a certain number of sessions and the sequence of the programs is personalized according to each case.
In cases with comorbidities (related diseases), our program addresses them and seeks to resolve them.
EXTERNAL CONSULTATION AND INTENSIVE AMBULATORY
We have programs for men and women, children, adolescents and adults, where through outpatient consultation in a multidisciplinary approach, they learn tools to manage the symptoms of their condition and resolve them, either in individual or group programs with a personalized frequency.
Our Residential Program for the treatment of eating disorders is divided into 3 phases, each lasting approximately 4 to 6 weeks. Our patients receive in an intensely structured environment the therapeutic tools and skills necessary to recover a healthy life structure that allows them to improve their symptom control and quality of life.
CARE FOR THE ACUTE PATIENT
We offer the professional and infrastructure resources necessary for the stabilization of medical and / or psychiatric complications, under the same conditions and technical resources as a general hospital. We have hospital beds equipped at intermediate care level. Once improvement is achieved, the necessary strategies are applied to achieve a good adaptation to return home, work, school or integration to any of our other treatment programs.
This is a unique treatment modality that was implemented in our institution as a complementary program to the residential one. It is aimed at patients who deserve short periods of relapse control at the residential level and who have previously completed our residential program.
PARTIAL HOSPITAL OR DAY
The patient in a partial hospital joins the same program of activities as the resident patients, with the difference that at the end of her therapeutic day she can retire to her home or hotel.
HALF ROAD HOUSE
This program is an intermediate step between the residential program and the outpatient program. It is aimed at patients in the process of social reintegration, which combine individualized therapeutic activities within the clinic with their activities of daily living.
CHRONIC PATIENT CARE
Our facilities allow us to offer the peace, quality and warmth necessary in the care and rehabilitation of the chronic patient in an intensely structured environment. Given the high incidence of complications in these cases, we are prepared to offer comprehensive medical, psychiatric, psychological and nutritional treatment.
BODY IMAGE PROGRAM
Social expectations shape our beliefs about the figure ideal and in some cases this can cause problems and harm.
Body dissatisfaction – poor body image – begins at very young ages.
At about two years of age, the girls begin to recognize their image in the mirror, unfortunately a few years later they are already disgusted with what they see. But science is forceful in affirming that those who know how to resist the pressures of society have a more positive body image.
Body dissatisfaction is the sociocultural factor with the highest risk for the development of an eating disorder. Numerous studies have linked exposure to the “ideal figure” in the media, to strong body dissatisfaction and risky eating behaviors. The problem is not in the weight but in how they feel with that weight.
Science has proven that when people talk about the “figure ideal” that the media sell us and discuss how to challenge the pressures to reach these standards, they feel better about their bodies. A program that has repeatedly proven its effectiveness in reducing body dissatisfaction, negative mood, risky eating behaviors and extreme diets is the Body Project, whose subsidiary for Mexico and Latin America is the Body Image Program.
At Start Over we aim at the dissemination and scalability of the Body Image Program as a program based on scientific evidence.
BODY IMAGE PROGRAM PREVENTION:
The BODY IMAGE PROGRAM (BIP), is the program with the highest scientific evidence in the prevention of eating disorders and its effectiveness has been proven worldwide, being implemented in Universities such as Oregon and Stanford.
We have groups of teenage and university BIPs, adult women and men. These groups are held every month at our facilities.
BODY IMAGE PROGRAM TREATMENT The principles of cognitive dissonance of this program are part of the comprehensive treatment of our patients whose common denominator is strong body dissatisfaction and a perception of extreme social pressure towards achieving this ideal figure. Therefore, within our treatment program, patients receive strategies to improve their relationship with their bodies and cultivate a positive body image.