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Eating Disorders Programme
Mental Health Professionals are reporting an increasing prevalence of young persons developing an eating disorder. The SGH Eating Disorders Programme had its humble beginnings in 2003. In 2008, the programme moved to its current location at Life Centre. It is a dedicated treatment programme for the management of eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating Disorder.
The programme addresses the physical and psychosocial problems commonly associated with eating disorders through a holistic approach. Individuals will work closely with our multi-disciplinary team comprising of psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, dietitians, medical social workers, family therapists, nurses, occupational therapists, art therapist and physiotherapist.
The initial assessment for each patient is done by a psychiatrist, who then decides based on each patient’s individual need, which other services may be involved in the management of that individual. The psychiatrist continues to see the patient regularly throughout the recovery process. They may also provide medication based on the patient’s problems.
The art therapist uses creative activities to help patients manage their physical and emotional problems.
The dieticians helps to devise a meal plan based on the individual’s nutritional requirement. They work closely with the patient and their families to help normalize eating behaviors.
The family therapists/medical social workers assist the family in providing adequate support for them during the recovery process.
The occupational therapists help the patient to plan and carry out meaningful activities of daily life. These include but are not limited to skills such as preparing a meal, time management, and developing leisure activities.
The physiotherapist helps to develop a fitness regime for all patients who are at or above their healthy weight. The main goal is to change unhealthy exercise patterns to healthy ones that improve health.
The psychologists help provide counseling and psychotherapy based upon the individual’s needs.
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Support for Eating Disorders Singapore (SEDS)
- SEDS is a support group for survivors as well as supporters of those coping with an Eating Disorder
- It is held on the first Thursday every month at LIFE centre at SGH, in collaboration with Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH)
Outpatient clinics are held at LIFE centre where the individual is assessed by a psychiatrist and other members of the team, depending on the treatment plan.
Eating Disorders Intensive Treatment (EDIT) is a day programme that runs at LIFE centre from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. The programme includes in-patients as well as day patients who may need additional support during their recovery period.
Patients who need more intensive treatment and care may be warded at SGH for a certain time period.