I'm really curious to hear if anyone has worked with eating disorders whilst in psych, particularly in an eating disorder specific setting.
I'm really interested in this aspect of psychiatric care as eating disorders present as a psychiatric illness with phyiscal manifestations, as well as behavioral/emotional symptoms. & this often leads to the need for medical as well as psychiatric treatment. Plus, the dynamic of the eating disordered patient/pattern really fascinates me. What I'm not keen on is the level of manipulation that appears in this population!
I'm from Australia so specific eating disorder treatment facilities here are scarce (programs are part of other hospitals, usually) and non-existent if you can't pay/aren't dying on the spot. I'm really interested in the residential, "luxury" facilities in the US that treat these disorders (see Monte Nido
or Magnolia Creek
.) Does/has anyone worked in a facility like this as opposed to a hospital or psychiatric clinic? What was the experience like and how does it differ to "regular" psych nursing?
In general, I'm curious to hear about other nurses experiences in working with eating disorders.