Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa, also referred to as anorexia, is a serious mental illness where one's body weight drops significantly due to a constant restriction of food and energy intake. Whilst Anorexia Nervosa commonly develops during adolescene, it can affect people at any age, and from any 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

Generally 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 not uncommon for these patients to vomit after eating a meal. Both types of Anorexia Nervosa share the traits of an extremely low body weight in the individual, and feature behaviours preventing the person 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 one's body differently than how it's viewed by others.
  • 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 our Anorexia Nervosa treatment

At Rise Treatment Centre we offer a residential clinical programme for the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa. Our programme is evidence-based and focuses on the your overall health and wellbeing. We help you understand the root causes of your Anorexia Nervosa and combine psycho-education, mindfulness, group sessions, individual therapy and Family Therapy to guide you towards a sustainable recovery.

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