What Is Anorexia Nervosa?
Anorexia is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by significant weight loss, difficulty maintaining an appropriate weight based on height, age, and body type, and often dissatisfaction and/or distorted view of one’s own body. Anorexia nervosa symptoms can be severe and lead to serious physical complications, in some cases deadly. Without comprehensive treatment, between 5-20% of individuals with anorexia will die. With eating disorder treatment, this number decreases to 2-3%. While anorexia frequently begins in adolescence, more and more children and older adults are experiencing symptoms and are being diagnosed. Anorexia can affect people of all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds.
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Anorexia Symptoms and Warning Signs
Due to the severity of anorexia symptoms and the possibility of anorexia complications, experts have found that prompt and intensive multidisciplinary treatment significantly improves the chances of recovery. Therefore, it’s vital to be aware of the warning signs and seek help at an eating disorder treatment center like Shoreline to address the psychological, dietary, and medical components of the disorder.
Overview of Anorexia Nervosa
Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare’s AVP of Clinical Services, Kate Fisch, LCSW, discusses anorexia and how Shoreline approaches treatment.
Health Consequences of Anorexia Nervosa
Due to the characteristics of anorexia, including restricted food intake, the body is denied the essential nutrients it needs to function optimally. Thus, the body is forced to slow down all its processes to conserve energy, resulting in serious medical consequences. Some health risks associated with anorexia nervosa health risks include:
The Importance of Anorexia Treatment
Our experienced and compassionate clinicians work closely with each client to create an individualized treatment plan based on their needs. Each client plays a vital role in their recovery process by setting realistic treatment goals that will address the underlying issues of their disorder. To ensure that our clients have the best chance at recovery, we utilize evidence-based and experiential therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) among others.