Ms. Dechant has treated both youth and adults experiencing complex mood and behavioral challenges, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders, and personality disorders.
In order to receive a diagnosis of ED, each individual needs both a physical evaluation and a psychological evaluation. A full family history is taken, including trauma history. Lab tests are often conducted and eating habits are documented. Further, psychological tests can be helpful to determine the specific diagnosis and covarying conditions, and the best treatments to consider.
Once an ED diagnosis is concluded, a treatment plan is developed which identifies the goals, objectives, and interventions for recovery. Sometimes an individual may be asked to enter a hospital specializing in ED treatment either full time or half time. Outpatient psychotherapy and medication management may also be a large part of treatment, as well as post-hospital recovery.
It is important to know that individuals who suffer from ED experience tremendous amounts of guilt and shame surrounding their disorder, and are unlikely to disclose this information to others. If your family member or friend shows any of the signs of an ED, it may be wise to get them help as soon as possible – either through their pediatrician/primary care physician or making an intake appointment with a
counselor skilled in treating ED. Ari is passionate and committed in working with individuals that may suffer from ED and is accepting referrals at both our Silverdale and Port Townsend offices.