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Eating Disorders Clinic


Delaney Eating Disorders Clinic

Established in 1970, the Donald Delaney Eating Disorders Clinic is dedicated to the specialized care of preadolescent and adolescent patients ages 10-21 years with suspected eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating. Patients should know they are not alone and so should parents.

Compassionate Care for a Complex Condition
A common misunderstanding is that all victims are motivated by a desire to look a particular way. In fact, there are multiple reasons why a teen or even a younger child may have an eating disorder, including social pressures, psychological, and biological causes.

Eating disorders can eventually become life threatening in the absence of care, and treatment from health professionals is critical for proper mental and physical development.

We recognize the complexity in diagnosing and treating eating disorders. Our team emphasizes a personal approach to care that addresses the unique needs of each patient. The clinic’s highly qualified multidisciplinary team includes experts in psychology, medicine, and nutrition to treat the physical and emotional aspects of the disorder, while also educating and empowering patients to live a healthier lifestyle — nurturing a healthy body and mind.  

Clinic Services
Over the course of a few visits, our specialists complete the initial evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment plan. The evaluation may include diagnostic interviews with the patient and parents, self-report questionnaires, and medical examinations. The frequency of visits is determined by the severity of illness, but most patients begin treatment on a weekly basis and taper that schedule as the condition improves.
In addition to an initial evaluation and diagnosis, our services include:
• Coordination with outside doctors, therapists, and nutritionists
• Group therapy
• Individual psychotherapy
• Inpatient hospitalization (if necessary)
• Medical evaluation and monitoring
• Nutritional counseling
• Parent counseling
• Referral to other hospital specialists (if needed)

Resources for families

Adolescent Eating Disorder Support Group
Eating Disorders - Helpful Web Sites
Signs and Symptoms
Suggested Reading List
Therapeutic Pups: Animal-Assisted Therapy

The Delaney Eating Disorders clinic is located at Children’s Spring Valley Regional Outpatient Center in Washington, DC.

Urgent Care
Urgent medical assessments are available through Children’s Adolescent Medicine walk-in clinic, located at the Children's National Medical Center Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine.

Additional Health and Nutrition Programs at Children’s National
Parents of infants or young children with feeding disorders should contact Irene Chatoor, MD, director of the Feeding Disorders Clinic at 202-476-2089.

Parents of children or adolescents with obesity should contact the IDEAL Obesity Clinic at 202-476-3948.

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