Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

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What is Anorexia?

Although first described and named over 100 years ago, this disorder has multiplied within the last 10 years to the point where some college campuses are reporting that fully one-third of the female population is anorexic. A very serious, possibly life-threatening disorder, anorexia is anxiety-based and is characterized by a fear of weight gain and a subsequent refusal to eat.

Signs of Anorexia

Its victims are strikingly similar. Labeled “The Rich Girl’s Disease”, these sufferers are predominately females, usually between the ages of 16 and 28 and come from advantaged to affluent families. Their common denominators include: above-average intelligence, the perfectionist trait – “I must make myself perfect,” the desire to please  (usually their parents) ,and the need to exert control and a sense of independence when it comes to food. Their decision making ability is never instilled, thus these girls have remained emotional children, afraid of growing up. They have a distorted body image and do not see themselves as thin, no matter how much weight they lose. They continue to see themselves as overweight. It is a self-destructive pattern. The disorder has an isolating effect and the victim tends to withdraw into a world of calorie counting and excessive self-examination. As pound after pound is shed, curves disappear and bones protrude, the anorexic is never thin enough.

 

Anorexia Treatment

From a professional’s viewpoint, the disorder is difficult to treat because the victim is quite satisfied with her appearance and doesn’t acknowledge self-starvation, but help is available!

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