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Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia, or anorexia nervosa, is an eating disorder that revolves around a fear of gaining weight or a distorted perception of your weight. It is often characterized by abnormally low body weight. Anorexia can severely impact your life and health.
While on the outside, it looks like anorexia is a problem with food, in reality, there are often underlying issues and co-occurring disorders that the control over food is trying to solve.

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what is anorexia nervosa

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Someone struggling with anorexia will typically go to extreme lengths to lose weight or maintain low body weight. This may be done by heavily monitoring calorie intake, restricting the amount or types of food eaten, excessive exercising, and misusing diet pills and laxatives. Often, in cases of anorexia, emotional issues are covered up by the disorder and thinness is connected to self-worth.


It can be difficult to notice the signs and symptoms of anorexia right away. Just because there is a decrease in food consumed does not mean that the person anorexia is affected will automatically be very thin, as everyone’s body weights are different.

About Anorexia Nervosa

Symptoms can widely range, some of the more common can include:

  • Extreme weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Dehydration
  • Fainting
  • Very thin appearance.
  • Thinning hair or hair loss.
  • Loss of tooth enamel from binging and purging.
  • Changes in menstruation cycles.
  • Changes in bowel movements, sometimes constipation.
what to expect


The road to lifelong recovery starts in a safe and secure environment with trained professionals who will teach life skills and coping tools to begin a meaningful journey to recovery.

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Treatment in a structured 24-hour medical or psychiatric inpatient unit. Medical management and intensive treatment of physically harmful eating disorder behaviors, medical complications, and co-occurring disorders, along with a focus on weight restoration.

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Partial Hospitalization

Treatment typically occurs five days a week for six to eight hours each day. Client remains medically stable but requires more intensive, structured programming to reduce eating disorder behaviors.

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Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Care (OP & IOP)

Lives at home or in a structured living environment with continued participation in group therapy sessions, individualized therapy sessions, educational programs on mental health, addiction, nutrition, and more.

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Eating Disorders Treatment Modalities

Therapy, psychiatry, and group support are important in a well-rounded eating disorder treatment program. The following services are provided:

Group and Individual Therapies
Nutritional Assessment and Consultation
Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication Prescription and Management
Psychoeducation; Educate and Inform Patients about the Disorder
Staff-supported Eating
Case Management
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