Most individuals are treated on an outpatient basis. Ideally, patients are treated by a multidisciplinary team, consisting minimally of a psychotherapist, nutritionist and physician. All team members should be trained specifically in the treatment of eating disorders and work together to coordinate a treatment plan. Not all individuals will receive this multidisciplinary approach but the treating clinician should have access to all of these resources.
Typically, an individual struggling with an eating disorder will see their therapist/nutritionist one to two times a week. In addition, appointments with the physician/psychiatrist may be needed to monitor status.
Recovery from an eating disorder generally takes a long time. Duration of treatment can vary from 3 months to several years, depending on the severity of the illness and diagnosis.