Do you or a loved one struggle with anorexia nervosa?
- Are you or a loved one concerned that your weight is too low?
- Do you significantly restrict the amount of food you eat so that you can continue to lose weight?
- Are you terrified of becoming fat or gaining weight?
- Does your shape and weight dominate how you feel about yourself as a person?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you may be struggling with anorexia nervosa.
There is hope! We are here to help you or your loved one.
Our psychologists and registered dietitians are highly trained in the treatment of anorexia and dedicated to helping clients in the process of recovery. It’s critical to work with a team during the recovery process. Our team will work closely with a client’s preferred medical doctor or will provide clients with a referral to a doctor with a specialty in eating disorder treatment. Our registered dietitians help clients with the slow and gradual weight restoration process. Our psychologists will work with individual clients to address underlying psychological factors that are maintaining the disorder and help loved ones support the client through the weight restoration process as well.
Though anorexia can create many medical and mental health complications, nearly all of these consequences are resolved through weight restoration.
Physical and mental health effects of being underweight:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty making decisions
- Recurrent thoughts about eating and food
- Loss of interest in hobbies or activities usually enjoyed at a higher weight
- Rigidity/Inflexibility in behaviors
- Withdrawing socially
- Decreases in sex drive
- Lowered blood pressure and heart rate
- Loss of heart muscle
- Irregular heart beats
- Increased risk of osteoporosis and fractures
- Impaired taste
- Weakened muscles
- Orange-colored skin
- Hair loss
- Body hair growth (Lanugo)
- Sensitivity to cold
- Poor sleep
Therapy Approaches Used to Treat Anorexia Nervosa
In therapy, our psychologists will use cognitive behavioral therapy, radially open dialectical behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy approaches. Our psychologists also use family based treatment and emotion focused family therapy approaches in their work with clients and their loved ones.