Our WEIGHT-DOC program offers a web-based therapy for adolescents and young adults with Anorexia Nervosa.
Anorexia Nervosa: what is it?
90% of those affected by Anorexia Nervosa are girls and young women, but boys and young men can also become sick with this potentially life-threatening illness. The average age of onset is 13-14; however, there have been cases of children displaying typical symptoms of anorexia nervosa even earlier.
The main symptoms are an active, intentional, drastic reduction in nutritional intake (e.g. minimal caloric intake, an excessively “healthy” diet, complete omission of specific food groups), as well as deliberate weight loss (in youth under the 5th percentile and/or weight loss from more than 20% within the span of six months).
How can we help you and your child?
We have over 40 years of experience with this difficult illness and its side effects as well as an extensive knowledge of relevant literature and research in the field. After 35 years of inpatient treatment, we recognized the major benefits of telemedicine and now apply these to the treatment of anorexia in cooperation with your child’s local medical care providers. Your child can get well at home in their familiar setting, while we counsel, coach, and support both the adolescent and the entire family. When necessary, treatment can be undertaken even when family members are separated from one another. The sooner treatment begins, the higher the chance of success and the lower the danger of chronification! We would be pleased to meet with you for you an initial consultation (live or virtual)!
What program does NoTube offer?
The Weight-Doc program is a web-based program providing therapy and treatment for adolescents and young adults with eating disorders. It is based on the most recent scientific findings in the field of eating disorders as well as current recommendations from the British NICE and German language S3-Guidelines for treatment of patients with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder.
In a 2019 scientific publication, extensive data on web-based therapies for eating disorders was gathered and evaluated by NoTube researchers in cooperation with the University Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Medical University of Graz. Out of this research, recommendations were assessed and integrated into the Weight-Doc program, making it the first evidence-based telemedical therapy program in Austria for adolescents and young adults with eating disorders.
The treatment plan is divided into two components:
- Fill out and upload the standardized assessment med. paperwork.
- Evaluation by our team to determine your child’s suitability for the Netcoaching program
- Notification about suitability for the program.
- Dowload all the paperwork for the insurance/payment
- Start Therapy
Completion of the assessment process puts you under no obligation to register or participate in the Eating School.
Web-based therapy – Weight-Doc Program
We communicate daily with you – including weekends and holidays – so that any arising problems, stressors, anxiety, and concerns can be shared immediately.
Completion and analysis of intake protocols as well as supervision of weight development by our experienced physicians are an important component of our program.
Medical nutrition coaching takes place on a continual basis. Psychological and psychotherapeutic support is available at any time for patients and their families. Physiotherapeutic support for improvement of body image is also a component of this program.
Therapeutic goals, including weight objectives, are determined collectively by all participants. We are happy to communicate with your local medical providers as well!
FAQs - Weight Doc/Anorexia
Who will be supporting us during the program?
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Every patient and their family will have a paediatrician, a clinical psychologist, and a physical therapist working with them. Our team has been working together for years and have extensive experience working with patients with Anorexia Nervosa.
How long does the program last?
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The program starts off at three months, but you can extend it if you wish.
How often will we be in contact during the program?
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We will be in contact daily, even on weekends and holidays. Questions, concerns, worries, wishes… can be shared with us at any time and will be read and answered within 24 hours.
How does the support for the family work during the program?
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Every minor patient (as well as adult patients if they choose) receives two separate “tickets:” one for the patient and one for the rest of the family (parents, caregivers, siblings…). This allows all participants to communicate directly with us. We can help to negotiate and analyse stressors related to the family interactions and work with you to modify the ways in which these play out in the future. Other phenomena, such as co-dependency may likewise surface and can be looked at and discussed.
Do I need to also work with a local provider during the program?
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Yes. It is essential that you work with a local doctor who will be responsible for a weekly check-in (weight, other relevant vital signs, blood levels). We would also be happy to communicate with your local doctor.