One of the world leading eating disorders program
“When I was 25, I suffered from anorexia for two years. I had luck of being treated at the Douglas’ Eating Disorders Program. When I arrived in the day hospital, I was in a very bad state, depressed, and I had no self-esteem; I weighed 69 pounds. I was desperate and frightened when I began 5 months of treatments. I never thought that these treatments could save my life. But that’s what they did.”
Eating Disorders Program (EDP) for adults
For over 30 years, the Eating Disorders Program (EDP) at the Douglas Institute offers specialized clinical services for adults who suffer from anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. It is not an exaggeration to say that it is Quebec’s largest and best-developed program.
Each client is assessed and receives the care he needs. Some of them will integrate the In-Patient Unit for hospitalization, while others will come to the day hospital. They could also be enrolled in the day program, and others will be followed at the Out-Patient Clinic. The EDP is nationally and internationally recognized for the quality of its services whom integrates clinical care, teaching and research. Moreover, the program offers treatments at the cutting edge of new scientific breakthroughs.
Every year, nearly 450 patients benefit from the Eating Disorders Program. Over the last 5 years, the number of new patients has increased rapidly. The waiting list is getting longer and there is not enough space.
More space to save more lives
Taking advantage of necessary renovations, the program wants to increase the number of rooms from 6 to 9 and expand common areas and therapy.
This will allow to treat 50% more people who need to be hospitalized and 35% more than those who come to the hospital and day program.
A specific program for adolescents
The Douglas provides also specialized clinical services to youths aged 12 to 17 years such as a continuum of care with the adult services. It also integrates a continuum of care with services offering varying intensity: external clinic, evening program, day hospital, hospitalization unit. Finally, it supplies 1st and 2nd line service for Montreal West Island clients and a 3rd line follow-up for complex eating disorders throughout Quebec. A clinical research program also exist.