Evidence-Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by distorted body image and fear of gaining weight. People with anorexia may engage in behaviors such as restricting their food intake and over-exercising to avoid gaining weight or to lose weight. Oftentimes, these individuals are at an abnormally low body weight for their age and height. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate among all mental health disorders. Fortunately, Banyan Treatment Centers offers evidence-based treatment for anorexia nervosa in Philadelphia that can help.
How Do You Know if Someone Has Anorexia?
People with anorexia nervosa are usually very preoccupied with their body weight and shape and have a strong fear of gaining weight. They may go to great lengths, such as intense, restrictive eating, over-exercising, or taking laxatives and other substances to lose weight.
Extreme weight loss with anorexia is dangerous, can be life threatening, and can lead to severe health problems and even death, so early detection is imperative.
Common symptoms of anorexia nervosa include:
- Inability to maintain a normal weight for their height and age
- Skin that is yellow or blotchy
- Skin covered with soft, fine hairs
- Hair thinning or loss
- More than three cycles without a period
- Dry skin
- Dry, thin, and brittle nails
- Low blood pressure
- Hormonal imbalances
- Cutting out whole food groups (like carbohydrates or sugars)
- Eating abnormally small portions
- Refusing to eat in front of others
- Excessive exercising
- Pushing food around on the plate instead of eating it
- Mood swings
- Withdrawal from loved ones
- Disinterest in activities once enjoyed
- Dressing in baggy clothes to hide body shape
- Depressed mood
- Hunger denial
- Use of diuretics, laxatives, or diet pills
Eating disorders are often related to other co-occurring disorders, such as mental health disorders or substance use disorders. Thus, treating an eating disorder requires a multifaceted approach to ensure that nothing slips through the cracks.
Our multi-disciplinary treatment team offers effective treatment that addresses the underlying factors associated with our clients’ eating disorder. Our eating disorder support in Philadelphia helps educate individuals on the symptoms and health risks of their disorders and develop treatment plans that help them regain their physical and mental well-being.
How Can Anorexia Affect the Body?
Like we mentioned, anorexia is associated with restricting their food and intake and can also be associated with other behaviors including over-exercising. This combination can take a serious toll on the body, resulting in health problems like:
- Slow heart rate (bradycardia)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Increased risk of heart attack and heart failure
- Gastrointestinal problems, including bloating and constipation
- Bone weakness and increased risk of osteoporosis
- Decreased brain tissue
- Reduced cognitive function
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Reduced emotional control
- Impaired appetite regulation
- Mental illness
- Hormonal imbalances
- Delayed puberty and growth
- Irregular or stopped menstrual cycles
- Reduced libido and erectile dysfunction
- Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- Weak bones (osteopenia)
- Stress fractures
Anorexia nervosa is a life-threatening disease that has killed thousands. Our is dedicated to the welfare of our patients and to offering effective treatment for anorexia nervosa and other similar disorders to help our patients avoid further health complications and regain control over their health and lives.
Treatment Modalities for Anorexia Nervosa
Banyan Treatment Centers offers eating disorder treatment in Philadelphia for those with anorexia nervosa and other similar conditions. Various types of physical and psychological treatments for anorexia nervosa offered at our center include:
- Meal planning and sessions with our dietician
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Family therapy
- Individual and group counseling sessions
- & More
By focusing on the source of our patients’ conditions, we’re able to help them develop a strong foundation for a lasting recovery. There are so many factors that contribute to an eating disorder, so it’s important to identify the physical, mental, and social aspects of these conditions to help patients develop healthier lifestyles.
Contact Our Center for Eating Disorders Today
As difficult as it can be to manage an eating disorder, recovery is possible for everyone. If you or someone you care about needs eating disorder treatment, Banyan Philadelphia can help.
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