Anorexia can devastate a person’s physical and mental health, and ruin relationships with the people she or he loves. When people restrict food intake enough, their body processes slow down substantially. They can develop an abnormally slow heart rate and low blood pressure, which eventually can damage the heart muscle. Their bones can become dry and brittle, they can experience significant muscle loss, and dehydration can even cause eventual kidney failure.
EDCare’s, evidence-based treatment approach has helped many patients find success with recovery from Anorexia. EDCare’s unique, personalized approach has helped patients regain their health through Connection, Acceptance, Mindfulness, a Sense of Self, and Action – the foundations of true empowerment
The Symptoms of Anorexia
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder where people lose excessive weight by, essentially, starving themselves. It is very serious, and can even become life threatening. There are two types of Anorexia. The Restricting Type, as the name suggests, severely restricts food intake. The Binge-Eating/Purging Type involves going on food binges and/or purges.
Anorexia symptoms can include:
- Inadequate food intake and an obviously unhealthy weight
- Intense fear of gaining weight
- Obsessing over weight and persistently preventing weight gain
- Tying self-esteem to body image
- Not seeing how dire the weight loss and behaviors really are
We help patients recover at every level – mind, body and spirit – through a therapeutic approach that helps them detach from rigid behavior patterns, manage emotions and fears, and make positive changes in their daily life.
We help patients with Anorexia establish healthier eating patterns, improve their attitudes about weight and shape, and establish meaningful goals beyond weight. Patients needing our Partial Hospitalization Program receive therapy and therapeutic activities, ten hours a day, seven days a week, with shortened schedules on weekends. Local patients may return home each day after program or, along with female patients from out of town, may stay at our Connections House. We can also assist with finding affordable local housing options for male patients attending EDCare.
Anorexia Recovery is Possible
Recovery from an eating disorder is a life-long focus, and Anorexia patients completing more intensive treatment options stay connected to EDCare through our comprehensive Outpatient Treatment Program. We are dedicated to supporting Anorexia patients as they sustain their long-term recovery.