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Eating Disorders / Medical Behavioral Unit

Medical-Behavioral Disorders Treatment

It is well known that a chronic medical illness affects children and adolescents both physically and emotionally, increasing psychological stress on the patient and the family, exacerbating underlying psychiatric vulnerabilities to depression, anxiety or other behavioral symptoms.

Such chronic illnesses include:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Inflammatory bowel disorders, such as Crohn’s disease
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Hemophilia

Once the child or adolescent admitted to the unit, the Psychiatric Treatment team provides:

  • A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation
  • Coordination of care with the primary medical team and outpatient mental health providers
  • Individual therapy, focusing on coping with chronic medical illness
  •  Education regarding the patient’s medical illness and co-morbid psychiatric issues
  • Group therapy directed by the unit’s social workers and licensed psychiatric technicians
  • Family-based therapy, working on coping skills and how the family is dealing with their child’s overall well-being

Following medical stabilization, patients will be referred to Rady Children’s Outpatient Psychiatry or other individualized outpatient care. In certain cases, patients will be referred to the Rady Children’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (CAPS), an inpatient unit, for continued observation and treatment of acute psychiatric disorders. Our expert team will help ensure a smooth transition to the appropriate outpatient services.

Our goal is to deliver the best medical and psychiatric care for a successful recovery.