Anorexia Nervosa first gained public notoriety after the death of singer and musician Karen Carpenter. Carpenter died of heart failure caused by complications related to her illness in 1983. Prior to this event, knowledge of the condition known as Anorexia Nervosa was restricted to the medical profession. However, since the 1980s the number of people diagnosed with Anorexia has sharply increased. External pressures from society, in particular the social pressure to be thin, contribute to the growing number of Anorexia cases that appear each year.
What is Anorexia Nervosa?
Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that is characterized by a paralyzing fear of gaining weight and a refusal to maintain a healthy body weight. Patients severely restrict their food intake and resort to other harmful behaviors in order to remain thin. Persons suffering from anorexia have an extremely distorted body image and are unable to look in the mirror and see anything other than an overweight and unattractive individual. Despite their dangerously low weight, anorexia sufferers maintain the erroneous belief that they are overweight or obese.
Anorexia is a potentially fatal illness. Complications of Anorexia Nervosa include anemia, heart problems, bone loss, gastrointestinal problems, electrolyte abnormalities, kidney problems and much more.
There is help for Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia Nervosa is a treatable illness. At Adolescent Growth we generate a comprehensive and individualized plan for each and every one of our clients suffering from Anorexia Nervosa. A team of psychiatrists, medical doctors, licensed clinicians, therapists, licensed nurses, group therapists, academic facilitators, dietitians and other highly trained professionals all work together to create a holistic treatment plan for your suffering teen. Clients are taught healthy ways to cope with stress and maladaptive thoughts in order to replace disordered eating behaviors. The goal is to develop a normal relationship with food and to counter the distorted dialogue that perpetuates this disorder.
We are here to help. With licensed professionals and highly trained staff we invite you to begin your healing journey today.
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