Anorexia Nervosa Overview
Anorexia Nervosa, which is often referred to as anorexia, is a type of eating disorder. It is a psychological disorder which can produce many medical problems. Anorexia Nervosa can be considered a kind of “out-of-control” dieting. The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says an estimated 0.5% to 3.7% of women will suffer from this disorder at some point in their lives. Therefore, our anorexia treatment at our anorexia nervosa treatment center can lead you on a path to recovery.
Types of Anorexia Nervosa
- Restricting Type: During the current episode of illness, the person restricts food intake and has not regularly engaged in binge eating or purging behaviors.
- Binge/Purge: During the current episode of illness, the person has regularly engaged in binge-eating or purging behaviors (i.e., self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas).
Refusal to maintain body weight at or above minimally normal weight for age and height (e.g., body weight less than 85% of expected)
Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though underweight.
Body Image Issues
Disturbances in the way in which one’s body weight or shape is experienced, undue influence of body weight or shape on self-evaluation, or denial of the current low body weight. i.e. believing you are fat when you are not, making your weight the only thing you judge yourself on, or denying medical seriousness of your low weight.
Signs and symptoms of someone struggling with anorexia may include:
- Loss of menstrual period
- Dieting obsessively when not overweight / a relentless pursuit of thinness
- Claiming to feel “fat” when overweight is not a reality
- Preoccupation with food, calories, nutrition, and/or cooking
- Denial of hunger
- Excessive exercising, being overactive
- Frequent weighing
- Strange food-related behaviors (labeling of food as “good/safe” or “bad/dangerous”)
- Binge episodes
- 15% or more below normal body weight
- Depression, irritability, withdrawal, compulsive rituals
- Low tolerance for change, fear of growing up or assuming adult responsibilities
- Hair loss
For example, the most common complications leading to death in Anorexia Nervosa are:
- Cardiac arrest
- Fluid imbalance
- Kidney failure
- Electrolyte Imbalance
Furthermore, other physical symptoms seen with Anorexia:
- Osteoporosis or Osteopenia (thinning of the bones)
- Dry, yellowish skin
- Brittle hair and nails
- Muscle weakness
- Repeated constipation
- Low body temperature
- Person feels lethargic
- Person feels cold all the time
- Low blood pressure in addition to a slower pulse
- Languno (excessive growth of fine hair on body)
In fact, see the diagram below on how anorexia affects the entire body:
Anorexia Treatment At Our Anorexia Nervosa Treatment Center
Through quality anorexia treatment, you can build a new life with an exciting future. In fact, our anorexia nervosa treatment center has the professional care you need. For example, our programs include:
As a result, your anorexia treatment plan will include a variety of modalities to better your chance of success in recovery. Moreover, we will alter the plan if necessary.
Specifically, every individual has a unique experience during recovery. Therefore, your plan must be specific to your needs. For more information about our anorexia nervosa treatment center, contact us today at 866-324-8081.