Offering compassionate individualized anorexia nervosa treatment options in Indiana
What Is Anorexia Nervosa?
Anorexia nervosa is a serious mental health condition, and its symptoms vary. However, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the following symptoms are present in almost all diagnosed cases.
- Restriction of nutritional intake, resulting in significantly low body weight
- Intense fear of gaining weight despite having a significantly low body weight
- Disturbance in the experience of body weight/shape
- Undue influence of weigh or shape on self-evaluation
- Denial of the seriousness of having a low body weight
Refusal to maintain body weight at or above minimally normal weight for age and height (e.g., body weight less than 85% of expected)
Anorexia nervosa health risks include serious medical complications like cardiac arrest, fluid imbalance, kidney failure, and electrolyte imbalance. Without treatment, between 5-20% of individuals suffering from anorexia nervosa will die. With treatment, this number decreases to 2-3%. Typically, anorexia nervosa appears in early to mid-adolescence, and it disproportionately affects women.
Overview of Anorexia Nervosa
Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare’s AVP of Clinical Services, Kate Fisch, LCSW, discusses anorexia and how Selah House approaches treatment.
Anorexia Nervosa Types and Criteria
The two types of anorexia include:
- Restricting Type: An individual suffering from the restrictive type restricts food intake and doesn’t regularly engage in binge eating or purging behaviors.
- Binge/Purge: An individual suffering from the binge/purge type regularly engages in binge eating or purging behaviors (i.e., self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas).
Some anorexia criteria include:
- 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 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.
At our anorexia nervosa treatment center in Indiana, we treat both types of anorexia and offer multiple anorexia treatment options. If you or someone you know is struggling, contact us today.
Anorexia Symptoms and Health Risks
Symptoms of anorexia and anorexia nervosa health risks include:
- Loss of menstrual period
- Dieting obsessively
- Preoccupation with food, calories, nutrition, and/or cooking
- Denial of hunger
- Excessive exercising, being overactive
- Frequent weighing
- Binge episodes
- 15% or more below normal body weight
- Depression, irritability, withdrawal, compulsive rituals
- Hair loss
- Osteoporosis or osteopenia (thinning of the bones)
- Lanugo (excessive growth of fine hair on body)
Anorexia Treatment For Women
Our highly skilled, experienced, and compassionate clinicians have years of experience treating anorexia nervosa. At our anorexia nervosa treatment center, we work closely with each client to create an individualized treatment plan to ensure the best chance at recovery. Each client at our anorexia nervosa treatment center plays a vital role in helping to set realistic treatment goals that will address the underlying issues of their eating disorder.
Anorexia Therapy Options
Treating anorexia nervosa is complex and multi-layered. At Selah House, some of the anorexia therapy options that our clinicians utilize include:
Anorexia Treatment Options
At our anorexia nervosa treatment center, we offer several anorexia treatment options based on where each client is in their recovery. Our anorexia treatment for women includes the following treatment programs:
For more information about our anorexia treatment for women, contact us today at 765-442-3551.