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(Tampa, FLA.) Rogers Behavioral Health–Tampa Bay announced today that it is adding a partial hospitalization eating disorder program to its Tampa location beginning March 30. This news is particularly timely as the nation recognizes National Eating Disorder Awareness Week February 22-28.
According to the National Eating Disorders Association(link is external), 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the United States. Rogers, a leader in behavioral health treatment, opened its Tampa location last September with OCD and anxiety treatment programs.
“After recognizing that there is a need for eating disorder treatment programs in Tampa, we are pleased to announce that we are bringing our nationally recognized eating disorders programs for adolescents and adults here to help those who need it,” said Eric Storch, PhD, clinical director and professor of pediatrics, psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, at the University of South Florida.
Rogers’ partial hospitalization program, which is designed to treat those affected by anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder or eating disorders not otherwise specified, will run five days per week from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The program utilizes proven, evidence-based treatment components, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medical management.
“People with an eating disorder find CBT effective because it challenges the way they think about food, weight and their body image, as well as the behaviors used to cope. Through the use of CBT, we can help identify triggers for the eating disorder and work on skills to understand why they are feeling this way and take steps to change it.” says Storch. “In addition to CBT and extensive care with our medical team, the program will utilize group and family therapy, experiential therapies and meal supervision.”
Every February, the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) observes National Eating Disorders Awareness Week to spotlight the seriousness of eating disorders. The campaign stresses the importance of early intervention and seeks to improve the public’s understanding of the illness.
Rogers Behavioral Health also recently announced plans to open two additional treatment clinics in Nashville, TN and Chicago, IL. For more information on this, OCD and anxiety or eating disorder programs visit rogersbh.org.