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Eating disorders impact approximately 30 million people across the country. Presenting as symptoms of both a physical and mental illness, they must be addressed from a multi-disciplinary approach. At Eating Disorder Solutions, we provide treatment programs which address the underlying causes of anorexia while also treating the physical symptoms, and nurturing a new, healthier relationship with food.

 

Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by a significant restriction of nutritional intake which results in a decrease in the individual’s weight. Coupled with the behavior and physical consequence of anorexia is an intense fear of weight gain and a distorted perception of one’s own body.

 

Being one of the most common eating disorders, Anorexia Nervosa can lead to a variety of complications that can ultimately end in death without prompt and appropriate treatments. Learning more about this illness can help individuals identify their own difficulties and provide the knowledge to be able to recognize when a friend or family member may need to seek professional help at Eating Disorder Solutions in Dallas, Texas.

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    What Is Anorexia?

    Anorexia nervosa, which is often simply referred to as anorexia, is the most commonly diagnosed eating disorder in the United States and is also referred to as a mental health disorder. It is characterized by the individual’s need to control foods to a very precise and usually extreme level. It is not just under-eating. Instead, those affected by anorexia eat restrict their nutritional intake so severely that it physically harms most if not all of their body systems, eventually leading to an early death without complete treatment.

     

    Most people develop anorexia because they want to control their weight as well as their body shape and size. They do this by highly limiting their nutritional intake.

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    While it may seem as if anorexia is all about decreased nutritional intake, this disorder can often be traced back to mental health issues. Many clients with anorexia seek control through restriction in order to cope with difficult emotions. Due to the psychological basis of this disease, as well as the physical repercussions it can bring, anorexia treatment must take a multi-disciplinary approach to restore eating and nutrition to stable levels and learn emotional coping mechanisms that they can use for the rest of their lives. Although this may be a long-term problem for many people, recovery is possible with the right anorexia treatment.

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      Common Anorexia Side Effects

      These three major signs of anorexia nervosa can quickly lead to a myriad of both physical and psychological side effects that will grow increasingly worse as the disorder progresses. The most common physical side effects that demonstrate an immediate need for anorexia nervosa treatment may include the following:

      • Very low body weight
      • Extremely thin appearance
      • Fatigue and low energy
      • Dizziness
      • Fainting spells
      • Poor sleep and insomnia
      • Poor skin tone
      • Hair loss
      • Fine hair that grows across the body
      • Amenorrhea
      • Infertility
      • Constipation
      • Dry, cool skin
      • Low body temperature
      • Heart palpitations or low heart rate
      • Low blood pressure
      • Low blood counts
      • Osteoporosis

      In addition, unique emotional and psychological side effects that can be reduced and eventually eliminated with high-quality anorexia treatment may include the following:

      • Preoccupation with meals and food in general
      • Skipping meals
      • Severe avoidance of certain foods
      • Fear of eating in public
      • Deception about food intake and meals around family and friends
      • Fear of gaining weight or becoming fat
      • Preoccupation with body appearance
      • Covering the body with large or bulky clothes
      • Preoccupation with exercise
      • Flat mood
      • Depression
      • Social withdrawal
      • Irritability and anxiety
      • Self-denial
      • Poor memory
      • Decreased libido

      Seeking Anorexia Treatment in Dallas, TX

      Recognizing these signs and symptoms of anorexia nervosa in oneself or in a loved one indicates the need for quick and thorough anorexia treatment. This is not the time for a do-it-yourself or an at-home treatment plan. Instead, individuals must have access to a multi-disciplinary team composed of professionals who have vast experience treating this disorder if they hope for long-term recovery. At Eating Disorder Solutions, this team consists of the following eating disorder professionals:

      • Psychotherapy Psychotherapist
      • Registered Dietitian
      • Medical Doctor
      • Nurse
      • Psychiatrist
      • Recovery Coach
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      Many clients come to us for anorexia treatment when they have already reached a moderate to severe level of malnourishment. Thus, residential anorexia nervosa treatments will often begin with a focus on whole-body physical care to help the individual reach nutritional stability and to get past any life-threatening anorexia complications, such as cardiac issues. Sometimes, medical monitoring, under the constant care of nursing staff is used to stabilize the individual. The team will focus on healthy vital signs, proper nutrition, hydration, and a rebalancing of electrolytes in the body.

       

      Once the individual is able to maintain stable nutritional intake, further anorexia treatment can commence. At this time, other forms of therapy will be engaged to promote whole body and mind health. A multi-disciplinary team will come together to create a unique care plan specifically aimed at the individual’s needs for total anorexia treatment.

       

      Individual and group counseling can give clients a place to speak up about their feelings and their concerns about their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Therapy sessions can also help support structured eating patterns and give individuals a place to work through ingrained behavioral patterns. Family therapy is also important because loved ones who support the individual will need to understand how they can help with anorexia treatments and promote good health.

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      A nutritionist or dietitian is another important person on the anorexia treatment team at Eating Disorder Solutions. Our dietitians help create healthy eating plans that balance nutrients and provide structure to increase satiety. By providing clients with meal and snack plans, some of the difficult decision-making process can be avoided by individuals who are still in recovery, until they are ready to do so on their own.

       

      It is important for clients and their support networks to understand that anorexia treatment is a multi-step process that must be continued long-term. Because relapse is possible, it is important to have solid support from family and friends. However, over time, this combination of therapies can help individuals, enjoy higher self-esteem, experience a kinder relationship with themselves and food, and learn better behavioral patterns for eating.

      Types of Anorexia

      Anorexia does not have one look. Anorexia can look like a severe decrease in weight, but it doesn’t always. Many individuals with anorexia can feel invalidated based on the perceptions of others regarding what anorexia “should look like.” As well, anorexia does not only require a severe restriction of nutritional intake, it can  also include binge eating and purging as a result of the restriction. An eating disorder professional will explore the differences with all clients to help them understand what their specific eating disorder behaviors look like.

      What are the Most Common Anorexia Causes?

      To this day, it is not known exactly why some people develop anorexia nervosa and others do not. Scientists and doctors usually believe that it is due to a variety of factors that combine to create the physical and psychological side effects of the disease. Biologically, it is thought that certain genes may put individuals at a higher risk for developing anorexia. It appears that some people are predisposed to it, such as those who are already predisposed to anxiety or perfectionism. In fact, up to 80 percent of anorexia cases may be traced back to genetics. Additionally, some studies have shown that a hormonal imbalance could be a contributing factor.

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      Perfectionism can also contribute to the psychological side of anorexia, giving individuals obsessive-compulsive traits that support incredibly rigid food rules. Psychologically, these individuals may also have certain mood disorders, such as depression. This is the case with up to 50 percent of people living with these conditions. Of course, the priority in Western cultures for individuals to competitively strive for a higher level of external beauty doesn’t help either. Unrealistic body standards are represented in the world’s  media to be featured on fashion runways, on television, in advertisements, magazines and other printed media. These societal beauty standards lead impressionable adolescents to perceive themselves as outsiders if they don’t live up to them. Other environmental factors that contribute to this disorder include bullying, abuse, and relationship problems. Thankfully, the multidisciplinary team at Eating Disorder Solutions can address each of these very real concerns.

      Diagnosis and Anorexia Treatment at Eating Disorder Solutions

      The need for anorexia treatment may first be noticed by oneself, but is more often noticed by a close loved one or by a medical practitioner during a routine checkup. A diagnosis of this disorder relies on several types of examinations, which will nearly always begin with a physical checkup. A complete checkup will include an examination of the heart, lungs, abdomen, pulse, skin, and vital signs. These results alone may show an overwhelming need for prompt anorexia treatment.

      However, a complete diagnosis will include other solid numbers and black-and-white evidence from blood tests, X-rays, EKGs, and other diagnostic tools. A doctor will order a complete blood count as well as specific blood tests to check on the health of the liver, kidneys, and thyroid gland. X-rays can show possible osteoporosis or broken bones that may be present in more advanced stages of anorexia while an EKG can show heart rhythm or rate abnormalities.

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      The Impact of Anorexia Nervosa if Left Untreated

      If you or someone you know is struggling with anorexia, you need to seek treatment. If left untreated, anorexia nervosa can have lasting complications. As with all serious diseases and disorders, anorexia can be devastating, and without proper anorexia treatment, you’ll notice a steep decline in quality of life. Due to malnourishment, an individual with anorexia may experience medical consequences such as a lack of energy, osteoporosis, infertility, heart, liver, and kidney damage, or multiorgan failure. As well, on the psychological side of this disorder, an individual with untreated anorexia can experience impairments in their life due to depressed and anxious mood, suicidal ideation, or self-harm, as a result of the shame and isolation they incur.

      In addition to already having high rates of suicide, anorexia nervosa has the highest fatality rate among all mental health disorders. Yes, it’s that serious. However, you don’t have to let anorexia, or the long-term effects of anorexia, define you. Although overcoming anorexia isn’t easy, it definitely isn’t unbeatable. With enough support and the right treatment, you can recover.

      Get Help Starting with Anorexia Treatment Today

      Once a diagnosis is made, anorexia treatment should begin immediately. Without thorough treatments, anorexia complications can be severe and life-threatening. At Eating Disorder Solutions, we offer comprehensive care plans designed around your personal needs. Our solutions will target every aspect of anorexia while relying on proven long-term treatment techniques. We also know that seeking treatment for anorexia nervosa takes a lot of courage, and understand this can be a scary step to take. This is why we are here to help every step along the way, from the initial assessment, insurance coverage, intake process, treatment, and beyond. Get all your questions answered about the road to recovery with Eating Disorder Solutions intake and admissions guide.

       

      Our anorexia treatment center provides individualized support and treatment, catered specifically to you. You can experience clinically supervised monitoring and hands-on care from experienced physicians and health care personnel along with complete mental health support through our residential treatment plans. Because long-term care is vital to a lifetime of health, our intensive outpatient treatment options help you stay on your road to recovery without fear of relapse. Plus, you will experience amazing support from our community of health care professionals, and clients. If you are ready to change your life, choose Eating Disorder Solutions in Dallas, Texas, today for proven anorexia treatments. Call now to begin the recovery process.

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