I have a niece who is anorexic. She has been for the last 4 years. She is 18 years old and very bright. Tiffany just graduated from high school in Sarasota, FL and was accepted ED to Duke and also to UCLA.
Her mother died when she was hit from behind by a drunk driver in January. Tiffany has been in various treatments and was just recently released from 5 weeks at UNC in patient in May. She was forced to put on weight and got up to 96 lbs. She is 5'2". She was supposed to be transferred to UCLA but since she is over 18 she refused to be admitted. I should add
that she was admitted into UNC under her father's court guardianship.
She went to a psychiatrist in LA and then we agreed to let her go to the camp she had attended as a child as a counselor thinking that being in a structure environment with regular meals and responsibilities she might snap out of her depression. Tiffany couldn't complete 2 weeks before she was sent home. She refuses to be treated for her eating disorder and to be weighed.
We are at a complete loss since she won't go in-patient and had been admitted to ERC in Denver and escaped from there twice. I am her aunt and having been trying to help my brother. Tiffany and her deceased mother were completely emeshed and the loss of her mother has been a devastating blow on top of an already severe illness. I suspect she is in the 80s now.
She's going to have to be committed to a eating disorder program with good therapy that is a lock down unit so she can't escape. UNC had such a unit but did
not have extensive therapy
QUESTION: DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A HIGH QUALITY HOSPITAL IN PATIENT EATING DISORDER PROGRAM (that does not mix general psych patients) THAT IS A LOCK DOWN SO SHE CAN'T ESCAPE. Also that will take an involuntary patient.