Anorexia Nervosa

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is marked by extreme food restriction. It involves an intense fear of gaining weight, as well as disordered and obsessive thinking patterns around food.

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The DSM identifies two subtypes of anorexia:

  • Restricting Type: This type is the most common of the two. A person will lose weight by eating very little food. They may exercise a lot to burn off what few calories they have eaten.

  • Binge-eating/Purging Type: A person with this type may also restrict their diet. Yet they will also experience periods of binge eating and purging. Unlike someone with bulimia, this person will probably be underweight.

Some treatment approaches we use to help you on your anorexia recovery journey are: 

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Trauma Informed Care

  • Exposure Therapy (ERP)

  • Nutritional Education

  • Art Therapy

  • Movement Therapy

  • Family Therapy 

  • Parent Coaching

It is possible to recover from Anorexia. There are some tips and tricks that can help provide the support needed to maintain a healthy state of being and resist the temptations to relapse.
  • Admit there is a problem you do not have to suffer alone. 

  • Begin therapy and create a multidisciplinary team including a HAES therapist, HAES nutritionist, and primary care HAES physician. 

  • Avoid and unfollow any "thin-spiration" websites or social media accounts that are unhelpful.

  • Spend quality time with friends and family that support and love you just the way you are.

  • Join a support group, such as our Teen Eating Disorder Support Group & Meal Support Group 

  • Practice body awareness and self compassion to help you rebuild trust with your body.

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We are a team lead by recovered individuals that will come ready each week to help you fight back against your disorder and restore your life to its fullest!