Anorexia treatment center

Anorexia nervosa is often a quiet eating disorder, sometimes going unnoticed, at least until the sufferer’s extreme nutritional deprivation becomes clearly apparent. As the Mayo Clinic describes, signs and symptoms of anorexia include:

  • Radical weight loss and a thin appearance
  • Fatigue, dizziness, fainting, and insomnia
  • Thinning hair, bluish fingertips, and dry skin
  • Dehydration, constipation, and absence of menstruation
  • Destructive behaviors, such as a refusal to eat
  • Obsessive thinking about food and social withdrawal

It is important to understand that while 85 to 95 percent of anorexics are girls or women, the disorder does affect boys and men. Anorexics in the male population may avoid detection, which puts this population at even greater risk. At The Recovery Village, our expert clinicians have extensive experience in working with anorexia sufferers across different genders, ages, and social backgrounds. This illness does not discriminate and presents considerable danger for anyone in its grip.

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An anorexia treatment center should follow a multidisciplinary approach to anorexia and other eating disorders, which means that staff focuses treatment not only on atypical eating behaviors, but also on the psychological factors underlying those behaviors. When it comes to anorexia, it is never enough to address the eating behavior alone. Uncovering the emotional experiences that compel a patient to develop abnormal eating practices offers one of the most effective keys to recovery.

As the Office on Women’s Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, explains, there are several potential causes of anorexia nervosa. Each sufferer has a unique story, but some common factors that influence anorexia include:

  • Culture: The media and popular opinion support thinness as the perfect standard of beauty even though only a tiny fraction of the population has a “camera ready” body.
  • Stressful events: Experiencing a trauma, particularly the out-of-control feelings it provokes, can trigger the onset of anorexia.
  • Families: Parents who have anorexia are more likely to instill a demand for thinness in a child with the result that children of anorexics are at a heightened risk for developing this disorder.
  • Biology: Genes, hormones, and neurotransmitters (chemicals in the brain) may all play a role in this disorder.
  • Personality traits: People who are “perfectionists” or tend to be overly critical of themselves may be particularly susceptible to this illness.

Recovery from anorexia

Anorexia is treatable. Conventional treatment methodologies include outpatient or inpatient treatment (hospitalization or a residential program) and psychotherapy. As PsychCentral notes, addressing self-image is an important treatment factor for patients. As self-image develops as part of a family dynamic, family therapy is an important component of eating disorder recovery. Family therapy, as the name suggests, brings family members into the therapy program. In this way, family members can learn of their role in the eating disorder and their presence can also help the sufferer to acknowledge the illness.

Currently, there are no medications approved specifically for the treatment of anorexia. At an anorexia treatment center, medical providers treat the individual symptoms associated with anorexia, such as dehydration and electrolyte depletion. In cases where substance abuse is present, admission to a treatment program may commence with a detox, as necessary. In those cases, a tailored treatment plan, which comprehends both the diagnosis of an eating disorder and substance abuse, is necessary to ensure a successful recovery.

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Anorexia and other eating disorders most often develop in secret. With anorexia treatment, expertly trained mental health team members must provide sensitive and compassionate care to encourage anorexia sufferers to find their voice and open up honest lines of communication with their care team and family members. Our team of care providers is trained across many treatment methodologies because we understand that a multidisciplinary approach is required to address the many complexities of anorexia. Call us today for more information.

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Anorexia Treatment was last modified: May 15th, 2017 by The Recovery Village