What We Treat Anorexia Nervosa

The perpetual pursuit of thinness.

Comparing and Despairing

All day, every day, you’re bombarded with social media expectations that promote physical perfection.

Biological, psychosocial, familial, environmental and temperamental characteristics combine to present themselves in a perfect storm called Anorexia Nervosa.

The Right Way Back

Anorexia leads you to a place where what you perceive does not match the reality of what truly is. Your disordered eating becomes a compulsive practice fueled by painful emotions and repetitive behaviors.

It is at this time that you need help finding your way back.

At Backcountry Wellness, we know the way – and are here to be your guide.

Anorexia Nervosa: Signs and Symptoms

While no two eating disorders look exactly alike, all eating disorders share similar characteristics. Under the surface, what is driving eating disordered behaviors is a deep need for control that expresses itself through food. The pursuit of thinness – above all else – reveals itself in a variety of social, emotional and cognitive shifts in behavior that, when looked at in combination, result in anorexia.

Behavioral and emotional symptoms of anorexia nervosa include, but are not limited to:

  • Extreme preoccupation with thinness
  • Intense focus on weight loss and dieting
  • Overwhelming need to look and feel skinny
  • Denying hunger
  • Skipping meals
  • Fear of gaining weight
  • Lying about eating
  • Aversion to eating in front of others
  • Constant weighing
  • Constant measuring (wrist/upper arm)
  • Restricting food intake
  • Excessive exercise
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability

Physical symptoms of anorexia include, but are not limited to:

  • Extreme thinness
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Muscular weakness
  • Very low weight (children and adolescents)
  • Bluish fingers
  • Yellowish skin
  • Abnormal or absent menstruation
  • Thin, dry hair (may fall out)
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Presence of fine, downy hair on body
  • Abnormal lab results
  • Fatigue

The Integrated Treatment Model

The most effective treatment for Anorexia Nervosa addresses the biopsychosocial, familial and nutritional factors at play for each patient. The integrated treatment model incorporates individual therapy with nutritional counseling, family therapy, group therapy, and complementary supports such as yoga, mindful meditation, and other somatic or expressive therapies.

Programming Tailored to Your Needs

The integrated treatment model works best when a treatment program has experienced clinicians, abundant resources, and a staff-patient ratio that allows for focused, individualized treatment.

At Backcountry Wellness, we have all of that – and more. Our evidence-based, humanistic approach is grounded in support, empathy, and understanding.

Once we know you – we’ve got you covered.

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