Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa, also referred to as anorexia, is a serious mental illness where people’s body weight becomes extremely low due to their constant restriction of food and energy intake. Whilst Anorexia Nervosa commonly develops during teenage years, it can affect people of any age, background, class or gender. Some individuals suffering from Anorexia Nervosa may go through repetitive cycles of bingeing and purging during their lifetime. In addition to restricting food intake, individuals may exercise intensely to eliminate or counteract any food or calories consumed.

Two types of Anorexia Nervosa

General speaking we can identify two types of Anorexia Nervosa: the restrictive type and the purgatory type. The restrictive type is focused on maintaining control over one’s weight by restrictive eating and excessive exercising. The purgatory type is mixed, where patients eat very little and abuse laxatives. It is common for these patients to vomit after eating a meal. Both types of Anorexia Nervosa share the traits of extremely low body weight in the individual and behaviours which prevent them from developing and sustaining a healthy lifestyle. 

What are the signs and symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa is a complicated and complex disorder and it is important to recognise the signs and symptoms. We have provided a list of common characteristics exhibited by individuals afflicted by this disorder: 

A constant sense of being worried, preoccupied or sad about one’s body shape or weight.

Significant and unfounded fear of gaining weight; or frequently checking weight.

  • Limiting or restricting the types or amount of food consumed.
  • Feelings of guilt and shame after eating.
  • Avoidance of social eating situations or eating with others.
  • Isolating from others or spending most of one’s time alone.
  • Excessive exercise routines; abusing diet pills, laxatives, diuretics or other substances to control or manipulate body shape or weight.
  • Perceiving their body differently in contrast to how others view them.
  • Enjoyment of preparing food for others but not for themselves.
  • Difficulty fulfilling commitments or responsibilities due to exercise habits, eating patterns, or worries about appearance.

About Anorexia Nervosa treatment

At Rise Treatment Centre we offer a residential clinical programme for Anorexia Nervosa treatment. Our programme is evidence-based and covers the overall health and well-being of our clients who suffer from any form of an eating disorder. We help them understand the root causes of their Anorexia Nervosa and combine psycho-education, mindfulness, group sessions, individual therapy and family support to guide them towards a sustainable recovery.