Anorexia Nervosa is a complex, potentially life-threatening condition that affects both the mind and body. It’s important to get help as quickly as possible. If you or someone you love are experiencing anorexia or other disordered eating conditions, call Eating Disorder Solutions today to learn about your treatment options.
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Understanding Anorexia Nervosa
The National Eating Disorder Association estimates .9 percent of women and .3 percent of men experience anorexia in their lifetime. Often fueled by an intense fear of weight gain and a distorted self-image, anorexia is characterized by precise and extreme levels of food control, restriction, and exercise.
Despite common misconceptions, anorexia nervosa is not just thinness and undereating. Instead, it is a complex disorder affecting both mental and physical health, creating a harmful cycle of detrimental behaviors that can lead to devastating consequences. Left unchecked, anorexia nervosa may cause:
- Cardiovascular and gastrointestinal damage
- Kidney damage
- Diminished bone density and osteoporosis
- Brain damage and neurological issues
- Muscular atrophy, including those in the heart
- Increased risk of heart attack or stroke
In extreme cases, anorexia can cause organ failure, coma, and death. Because of these risks, seeking professional treatment with an accredited anorexia treatment center like Eating Disorder Solutions is your best option for lasting success in recovery.
Early intervention helps to address the underlying causes of anorexia, including untreated co-occurring mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, OCD, or personality disorders. This multidisciplinary approach to treatment helps to support the earnest healing and personal growth necessary to overcome disordered eating and other destructive habits.
Recognizing Anorexia Symptoms
As with any form of disordered eating, recognizing the signs and symptoms of anorexia can help prevent lifelong health issues. Though many have a mental image of what someone with anorexia looks like, this stereotype is often far from accurate. In reality, anorexia affects people of all shapes, sizes, identities, and cultural backgrounds. Being able to recognize the signs of anorexia before it progresses to the point of emaciation is key to preventing lasting damage.
Anorexia symptoms typically fall into one of two categories: physical and behavioral. While this is not a complete and comprehensive list, if you or a loved one are experiencing any of the following anorexia symptoms, contact Eating Disorder Solutions today for an evaluation.
- Abdominal pain and constipation
- Abnormal blood count
- Bluish fingers and brittle nails
- Decreased libido in adults
- Dry skin and hair loss
- Elevated liver enzymes
- Irregular heart rate
- Loss of bone calcium (Osteoporosis)
- Low blood pressure
- Low body temperature
- Low body weight
- Fainting spells
- Poor sleep and insomnia
- Skipped period in girls or women
- Swollen arms and legs
- Adopting eating rituals, such as weighing food and spitting it out after chewing
- Avoiding eating in public and/or making excuses for not eating
- Obsessive calorie counting or bite counting
- Only eating foods considered “safe”
- Avoiding certain food groups such as carbohydrates and fats
- Skipping meals and strict ‘fasting’ rituals (only eating at certain times to avoid weight gain)
- Compulsive exercise after eating to try and counter consumed calories
- Avoiding friends and losing interest in regular activities
- Frequently measuring or weighing
- Repeatedly looking for “flaws” in the mirror
- Wearing layers or baggy clothes to hide perceived flaws
Treatment Programs for Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia thrives on shame and secrecy. Seeking help in overcoming an eating disorder isn’t weakness – it’s the decision to save your own life.
The most effective anorexia treatment programs provide collaborative, concurrent behavioral health services and medical care for lasting recovery. Our anorexia treatment focuses on providing personalized, client-centered care that goes beyond surface level symptoms to address eating disorders at their source. Eating Disorder Solutions is here for you at every stage of the recovery process. Our full continuum of inpatient and outpatient treatment programs mean we can meet your specific needs no matter where you are in your journey.
Anorexia treatment at Eating Disorder Solutions begins with a full health assessment and mental health evaluation to help our team identify your needs to develop your individualized treatment regimen. During the admissions process, you will meet with our staff physician, psychiatrist, and other knowledgeable eating disorder specialists who will walk you through everything you need to know about your next steps and what to expect during the treatment process.
With Eating Disorders Solutions, you can rest assured you will receive the highest quality eating disorder treatment from a team of compassionate clinicians who are truly invested in your success. No matter what your level of care, we are fully prepared to provide the support and guidance you need for healing and growth.
Residential treatment is the highest level of care offered at Eating Disorder Solutions. Our center offers a quiet, peaceful, recovery-focused space for addressing the root causes of disordered eating and other harmful habits to help you build toward a healthier future.
During residential treatment for anorexia, our clients receive three peer supported, supervised meals and snacks per day as planned by our staff nutritionist and dietitian. Between meals clients participate in processing groups and individual therapy sessions to begin addressing underlying traumas and co-occurring mental health conditions. Our weekly experiential therapy groups include trips to local restaurants, grocery stores, and other fun outings to challenge disordered thinking and enrich the recovery process.
Partial Hospitalization for Anorexia
As part of our full continuum of care, our partial hospitalization program helps support early recovery during the transition between residential and outpatient care, helping our clients stay on the path of recovery and achieve their goals.
Eating Disorder Solutions’ partial hospitalization program keeps the focus on daily anorexia treatment while allowing clients to return home or to our transitional housing at the end of each day. At this stage of care, clients receive three supervised meals and two snacks during the course of treatment and continue to participate in group and individual therapy. Clients are responsible for a final snack each night and weekend meals to begin practicing new life skills in real world scenarios.
Similar to our partial hospitalization program, our intensive outpatient program helps to maintain long-term recovery through peer support, group and individual therapy sessions, and other resources to keep clients on the right path. Treatment is three to five days a week depending on specific continued care needs. At this level of care, our primary focus is sustaining the positive lifestyle and behavioral changes while also providing a safe space for processing challenges as they arise.
Eating Disorder Solutions’ outpatient treatment center is conveniently located near downtown Dallas, TX and accessible by car, bus, or train. We offer flexible scheduling options to allow you to get the help you need while working, going to school, or tending to other obligations. Additionally, as a member of the EDS recovery community, our clients and alumni gain access to support resources such as our active online alumni community, so you know help is there whenever you need it.
Start Your Anorexia Recovery Journey Today
Seeking anorexia treatment is one of the bravest decisions any person can make. While being vulnerable enough to admit you need help can be overwhelming and scary, you don’t have to do it alone. Eating Disorder Solutions provides safe, effective treatment for anorexia and other eating disorders so you can reclaim control over your life and future.
Our compassionate team of expert physicians, clinicians, dietitians, and recovery coaches are well-versed in addressing anorexia and its symptoms as well as addressing the underlying causes for genuine healing. We take pride in our person-first approach to care which assures you never feel like just another number. As part of our recovery family, you have our full support every step of the way.
If you’re ready to begin your recovery journey with an experienced team that truly cares about your success, contact Eating Disorder Solutions today.