Eating Disorder Assessment

The purpose of an eating disorder assessment is to determine whether a student has an eating disorder and, if so, what type of treatment is needed to assist the student in overcoming her/his problem. Students may be referred by other departments, such as Health Services, by a faculty or staff member, friend, or family member, or by a CSDC staff member; students may also self-refer.

The assessment consists of several appointments. The first hour and a half appointment at the Center consists of gathering specific information regarding the student’s eating and related behaviors and a familial, social, mental health, and academic history.

If the student has not been evaluated medically prior to this appointment, she/he will be referred to Health Services; the student will be asked to sign a release of information with the physician so that care can be coordinated. The purpose of the medical evaluation is to assess the impact the illness has had to date, to rule out physical causes for the symptoms, and to determine whether immediate medical intervention is necessary. Medical tests will be part of this evaluation. The physician will inform the student of what specific medical follow-up is necessary.

Based on the information gathered during these two assessments, the type of treatment (i.e., individual counseling off campus or at the Center, partial hospitalization, residential treatment, or hospitalization) will be determined. This recommendation will be discussed with the student at a follow-up session at the Counseling and Student Development Center. This follow-up appointment cannot be scheduled until the medical evaluation is complete, including all testing.

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Information on Eating Disorders

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Pamphlets from the National Eating Disorders Association