With facilities in Melbourne, Australia; Alingsås and Stockholm, Sweden and New York City, New York, The Mandometer Clinic is a broad behavioral health organization. It offers innovative programs for clients struggling with eating disorders. The company’s curriculum is based on more than 20 years’ research into eating disorders that resulted in the Mandometer. It’s a device that tracks clients as they eat through graphed feedback tracking satiety levels and eating speed. Between all its locations, the Mandometer Clinic treats approximately 1,000 clients each year. While the organization has four other clinics that are outpatient only, its primary location at the Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge, Sweden also provides inpatient treatment.
Accommodations and Food
The Huddinge inpatient location has a total of 16 beds available for men and women. Throughout their stay, all residents stay in cozy, private rooms with twin beds, nightstands, TVs, desks and closet space. In addition to the bedrooms, the clinic also features neat Scandinavian decor throughout, common areas, kitchen areas, a dining room, craft rooms and therapy rooms.
Throughout their stay, all clients eat three healthy meals a day with the help of on-staff chefs and nutritionists. Residents also take a hand in learning how to cook and in preparing their own meals as they progress.
Treatment and Staff
Before beginning treatment, all clients go through an initial assessment and eating evaluation so that the staff and case managers can develop their personalized care plans. Because the facility has medical and psychiatric services available, on-site stabilization and medical services are available. Programs at The Mandometer Clinic often last longer than a standard 30-day program, typically three to four months.
The programs at the Mandometer Clinic rely heavily on case managers forming personal relationships with clients and helping them set goals along the way. Treatment plans are carried out with the input and knowledge of any relevant family members involved as well. Personal planning has residents determine short and long-term goals, determine a goal weight, list triggering foods and to develop more general life goals.
What makes the Mandometer Clinic different from CBT/DBT and 12-step-based programs is a unique method developed from Swedish eating disorder research. It places an emphasis on living a normal life under medical supervision while eating meals using a Mandometer to normalize eating behaviors. After clients eat, they return to their rooms which are unusually warm—residents can dial them up to 104 degrees, if they wish—and to rest. This process is said to be anxiolytic and breaks the behavior pattern of exercising or moving immediately after eating as a form of self-punishment. Physical exercise in general is limited and major emphasis is placed on rebuilding the social aspect of each resident’s life—their relationships, their path towards self-improvement and education and so on. As residents progress, they are weaned off of psychiatric medications and from using the Mandometer while eating. Dual diagnosis support is available along with medication management.
The staff at the Mandometer Clinic consists of doctors, psychiatrists, RNs, dietitians, case managers and additional Master’s-level clinicians.
In fitting with their all-encompassing and longer-term approach, clinicians at the Mandometer Clinic also do follow-up with their clients for up to five years after they finish their program (both for the clients’ benefit and for their own research and records). Those who complete one of the more intensive programs listed above can also attend step-down aftercare programs in the form of outpatient care.
Overall, The Mandometer Clinic’s inpatient program in Sweden is a cutting-edge approach to treating clients struggling with eating disorders and related issues. The organization uses its own self-developed care method in lieu of 12-step or CBT/DBT-based approaches. In addition to focusing on residents’ disordered eating habits, personalized case managers are available around the clock to help clients rebuild all aspects of their life. While the program may be somewhat untested (and prices may vary by insurance and length of stay), The Mandometer Clinic may be a good fit for those seeking a forward-thinking approach to treatment.
The Mandometer Clinic Location
Hälsovägen 7, Box 4006
141 04 Huddinge, Sweden
261 East 78th St
New York, NY 10075
412 Bay St
Brighton, Victoria 3186
The Mandometer Clinic Cost
Call for cost; varies by insurance and length of stay. Reach The Mandometer Clinic by phone at 46 (0)8 556 406 00 (Huddinge), +46 (0)322 285 850 (Alingsås), +61 (0)3 9596 57 18 (Melbourne) and +1 646-386-7745 (New York City), or by email at [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected]. Find The Mandometer Clinic on Facebook and Twitter
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