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Treatments for Anorexia

Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 04:37 PM

Among the various types of eating disorders, anorexia nervosa ranks as the most serious and potentially fatal of all.

There are two types of anorexia: the “restricting anorexic,” who drastically reduces their food intake and exercises excessively and the “purging anorexic,” who uses laxatives, weight loss pills, diuretics or induces vomiting to induce weight loss.

Treatment for anorexia includes dealing with the social, biological, and emotional factors that cause it. The biggest challenge faced in the treatment for anorexia, as in the case of other eating disorders, is making the person acknowledge the problem.

Treatment for anorexia includes:

1. Medical treatment: Severe malnourishment and acute depression need immediate hospitalization. Mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and antipsychotics help many anorexics.

2. Counselling and therapy: Anorexia treatment centers incorporate psychotherapy with cognitive behavior therapy to treat what is largely a mental disease.

3. Nutritional treatment: Anorexia treatment centers typically combine nutrition therapy with nutritional counseling.

4. Alternative therapies: Yoga, Acupuncture, and Tui na.

Treatment, support, and self-help strategies can help enable recovery from eating disorders.

For more information on eating disorders, see below:
Anorexia: How to Treat It
Natural Supplements for Anorexia
Anorexia Nervosa: Top 5 Symptoms
Anorexia Nervosa: Latest Medical Breakthroughs
Anorexia Nervosa: What you Need to Know

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