Eating Disorder Case Study

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Bill and Sue Clemmons are the parents of 17-year-old Alexis; Alexis has been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and has been hospitalized three times within the past year due to rapid weight loss. Bill and Sue sent Alexis to an out-of-state residential facility to treat her eating disorder and she is returning home to finish her senior year of high school. Once slated to go to a top-tier university, Alexis may no longer be healthy enough to attend.

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OPG engaged in the following services with the Clemmons Family:

  • An OPG Case Manager was assigned to the case. The OPG Case Manager called the residential facility to request a copy of Alexis’ discharge paperwork and all clinical documentation.
  • The OPG Case Manager identified the following aftercare treatment team members in Alexis’ geographical area: individual therapist, family therapist, dietician and primary care physician ─ all with experience in the field of eating disorder treatment.
  • The OPG Case Manager scheduled an initial treatment team meeting, the case management plan was reviewed by the treatment team, and a plan for communication was created.
  • The OPG Case Manager met weekly with Alexis to review her schedule of academic events, provider appointments and other commitments to assist with creating a balanced behavioral schedule.
  • The OPG Case Manager communicated on a weekly basis with treatment team members to share updates, observations around meal plan compliance and to stay current on providers’ goals for Alexis.
  • At the suggestion of the dietician, an OPG Therapeutic Recovery Coach was assigned to provide meal supervision during weekend lunch and dinners for the first month post-treatment. During the second month, the Therapeutic Coach also assisted with restaurant exposures.
  • A Family Coach updated Bill and Sue with Alexis’ progress on a weekly basis.

Services continued for six months, until Alexis completed high school. Her OPG Case Manager helped to identify appropriate clinical resources on her college campus, and her Therapeutic Coach went with her to set up her dorm room and explore the campus. Her parents recently reported that Alexis had a successful freshman year transition.