Anorexia nervosa is both an eating disorder that has a detrimental effect on all aspects of someone’s life and wellbeing. Located in Las Vegas, at Eden Center for eating disorders, we recognize that overcoming this condition requires specialized help and support. We offer expert individualized treatment to women aged 18 and older within the tranquil surroundings of our Las Vegas anorexia treatment center.
To find out more about our anorexia treatment plans, please take a look at the information below:
What is Anorexia Nervosa?
Anorexia, or anorexia nervosa, is a serious mental illness that can completely take over the individual’s life. Although anorexia is identified in someone by extreme weight loss due to calorie restriction, the complexities of this condition are far-reaching and are not only concerned with the lack of food consumed in the diet.
Someone with anorexia nervosa often has a distorted image of themselves, which in turn can encourage obsessive feelings about food and weight. They experience fear of gaining weight despite often times being underweight, and will typically challenge the notion that they should.
Anorexia can affect anyone of any age, gender, or background, although historically this was known as a disease which affected young people, and women in particular.
At our anorexia treatment center, our treatment plans and therapies will address the underlying causes this behavior, increasing the chance of a successful and long-term recovery.
What are the common signs of anorexia?
Whether you think you may be struggling with anorexia nervosa yourself or you are worried about a loved one, you must be able to recognize the signs, symptoms and behaviors of someone with anorexia so that appropriate treatment can be sought out.
The most common signs that someone is suffering from anorexia nervosa include:
- Restricting food by fasting or eating very little
- Fear of gaining weight
- Obsessive behavior over healthy foods
- Excessive exercise regimes
- Taking diet pills to suppress appetite and aid weight loss
- Taking laxatives
- Compulsive behaviors at mealtimes
- Lying about weight and diet
- Mood swings and defensive behavior
A person with anorexia nervosa may display some or all of the above symptoms and behaviors. Once admitted to our anorexia treatment center, our team will identify the extent of a person’s illness and create a treatment plan accordingly.
Are there any additional signs of anorexia nervosa?
As well as the more obvious elements of an anorexia nervosa eating disorder, you may notice other physical and emotional changes that could indicate that someone is struggling with this illness and needs to seek the help of a specialized anorexia treatment center.
- Dry and chapped skin
- Noticeable fine hairs appearing on the body such as on the arms and face
- Dizziness and headaches
- Reduced sex drive
- Fear of eating or socializing with others
- Cooking large meals for others to overcompensate
What is the best treatment for anorexia nervosa?
At Eden, we understand that everyone is different; however, it is important to know that help is available. Anorexia nervosa inpatient treatment is the highest level of care, considered to be one of a few chronic anorexia treatment interventions. It is important to note that this is rarely the first step in the recovery journey.
What does anorexia nervosa residential treatment involve?
At our anorexia treatment center, we have developed a wide range of therapeutic strategies that include supported mealtimes, body image workshops, food exposure intervention, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. Both group and family-based treatments are also available.
We understand that anorexia treatment is time-sensitive in terms of a physical need for treatment. Our team is expertly trained to provide comprehensive interventions to avoid long-term health issues such as malnutrition.
From the moment someone enters our anorexia treatment center, we provide compassionate and expert care, identifying the root cause of the condition as well as a plan moving forward to create a healthier relationship with food.
What about the treatment of anorexia nervosa in children?
Sadly, anorexia nervosa is an illness that can affect people of all ages, even very young children. If you suspect that a child has an eating disorder, then a primary care physician should be contacted immediately.
Early intervention is critical as severe anorexia in children can cause compromised bone health into adulthood.
Family based treatment for anorexia
Whether your daughter, sister or wife is struggling with anorexia nervosa, our anorexia treatment center offers family therapy sessions which provide an excellent way to get everyone talking and sharing experiences.
In many cases, an individual has underlying fears that they did not feel comfortable or strong enough to share before attending an anorexia treatment center. That is why our psychotherapy provides meaningful sessions that focus on health and coping strategies for the future.
Undertaking therapy as a family can help each person understand how to manage the eating disorder better.
How our anorexia residential treatment centers can help
Here at Eden, our anorexia treatment center in Las Vegas is available to help provide support and treatment for anorexia nervosa. Our team of qualified specialists, including doctors, nurses, therapists, psychiatrists and dieticians, provide individualized care that will help with the long-term recovery from anorexia.
We understand that it can be difficult to come to terms with a diagnosis, but no one is ever alone on the journey to better health. Throughout your treatment with us and for the transition back into daily life, our team will be with you every step of the way. We also offer strong aftercare support to prevent reoccurring disorders and relapses.
As well as our anorexia treatment center, here at Eden we also offer treatment for other eating disorders including bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder and other specified feeding or eating disorder.
If you would like to find out more about our anorexia treatment center in Las Vegas, contact Eden here today. We will be happy to answer your questions, offer advice and discuss our treatment programs to explore the best option for your personal needs.