Event for eating disorder awareness held in Cincinnati

February 21, 2012
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Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Lindner Center of HOPE, and Cincinnati Psychotherapy Institute hosted the Evening with an Eating Disorders Expert Panel in honor of Eating Disorders Awareness Month.

The purpose of the panel was for eating disorders experts to provide answers for family, friends, coaches, and other care givers about the mental and physical health struggles involved with eating disorders.

Cincinnati Children's and Lindner Center of HOPE also collaborate to stabilize and strengthen mental health care services for children and teens. A 16-bed inpatient unit serves children facing a milieu of mental health concerns-while offering an eating disorders specialty track.

The Partial Hospitalization program is ideal for those patients stepping down from intensive treatment or as an alternative to inpatient hospitalization. The treatment program combines psychotherapy, nutritional services, psychiatric management and family support to form a complete treatment plan.

"Not only are eating disorders an increasing public health concern, but they represent the highest rate of mortality compared with other mental illnesses," says Dr. Anne O'Melia, Medical Director of Eating Disorders at the Lindner Center of HOPE, "In addition, these illnesses such as Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa, Compulsive Exercising, and Binge Eating Disorder are challenging to identify and treat."

For more information on eating disorders and how to help raise awareness visit the National Institute of Mental Health at www.nimh.nih.gov or visit Lindner Center of HOPE at www.lindnercenterofhope.org or call 513-636-4124.

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