Eating Disorder Therapy Approaches at The Highlands

Eating Disorders and Suicide

Research underscores the connection between eating disorders and suicide. Professional clinicians who treat eating disorders have long recognized the presence of thoughts of suicide among clients, particularly in teens and young adults. The Highlands Treatment Center provides evaluation and treatment of clients with eating disorders who have self-harm behaviors and/or suicidal thoughts and attempts. Eating disorders of all types are complex and personal. No eating disorder is fully understood or treated in a short period of time. The Highlands individualized treatment approach, combined with multiple levels of care, helps meet the deeply personal needs of our clients. Clients with suicide and eating disorders need to have both areas addressed simultaneously. The Highlands’ Treatment team is expert at this concurrent approach to care.

Individualized Suicide and Eating Disorders Treatment at The Highlands

Eating disorders have one of the highest suicide rates of any psychiatric disorder. Because eating disorders and suicide are found in tandem with many psychological issues, such as anxiety and depression, intensive multidisciplinary care is necessary. Each client at The Highlands with self-harm, attempted suicide, and eating disorders receives a team of closely collaborating specialists:
  • Staff psychiatrist
  • Family therapy specialist
  • Licensed primary therapist
  • Licensed dietitian
  • Certified adjunctive therapists
The Highlands philosophy of care provides medical, psychological, and nutritional support and therapy for each client. This is collaborative approach is essential for recovery. The Highlands experienced intake specialists and licensed therapists continually evaluate each client closely for at-risk characteristics and behaviors. Individuals with all types of eating disorders may be at higher risk for suicide when they experience the following symptoms:
  • Strong feelings of being a burden
  • Strong lack of feelings of belonging
  • Have attempted self-harm or suicide in the past

Eating Disorders and Suicide Treatment at The Highlands

One third of individuals with bulimia have attempted suicide at some point in their lives, and some studies have indicated that the rate of suicide in anorexia is 60% higher than that of the general population. Evaluation and treatment cannot be delayed when any eating disorder is suspected. Clinical approaches to eating disorders and suicide treatment at The Highlands Recovery Center include:
  • Personalized progressive care plan based on each client’s personal history needs
  • Continuum of care that provides multiple levels of care, monitoring, and structure depending on the clients current needs
  • Psychiatric evaluations
  • Primary therapist for 1:1 therapy sessions to address entire spectrum of needs
  • Primary dietitian for 1:1 therapy sessions, focusing specific eating issues and general nutrition
  • Group therapy
  • Medication management as needed for associated symptoms
  • Real-life skills based outings
  • Multiple therapy approaches include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviors Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Family therapy and education is integrated into all of our programs
  • Additional Expressive Therapies and Attachment Therapies
  • Aftercare and seamless integration with home outpatient treatment team
The Highlands is here to help individuals who desperately want help for themselves or someone they love. Thoughts of suicide and eating disorders can be effective treated, and our highly respected team is here to help provide that treatment.