Treatment of psychiatric conditions often follows a bio-psycho-social model. Biological treatment refers to medication, which in the case of Anorexia Nervosa, is quite limited in use. However in Bulimia Nervosa, the option of medication can be considered.
Psychologists will use various psychotherapy techniques to address cognitive errors, improve one’s self esteem or enhance one’s motivation towards recovery.
Family therapy is also an integral mode of treatment, especially so for younger patients with Anorexia Nervosa. As eating disorder often affects not just the patient, but others in the family. This therapy works at addressing issues and enabling different members to support the patient in the journey of recovery.
A dietitian’s role will be in assessing the recommended caloric intake, working out food challenges, offering advice meal plans and methods to curb binge episodes.
The physiotherapist is vital in providing the perspective on what is excessive exercise and advising on the level of physical activity adequate for patients at different stages of recovery.
Occupational therapist has the role of helping patients with activity scheduling and reintegration back into their lives during the treatment process. Art Therapist in SGH also offers Art Therapy for patients receiving treatment.