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Treating Anorexia Nervosa

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 Treating Anorexia Nervosa

The treatment of Anorexia Nervosa usually involves addressing any physical health problems, therapy, and in extreme cases, immediate hospitalisation. The first priority is to assess the individual’s physical health, in particular to make sure they are not dangerously underweight and undernourished. Any medical complications, which have arisen due to the eating disorder, need to be taken care of.

The type of therapy that is most appropriate will depend on the patient’s individual preferences and their particular eating disorder ie psychotherapy.

There are different types of psychotherapy which can be useful in addressing the underlying psychological causes of an eating disorder. Psychotherapy encourages positive thought patterns, changes behaviours and improves interpersonal relationships. In particular psychotherapy can help an anorexia sufferer change their perceptions of their body image and improve their self-esteem, as well as encourage them to develop a sensible attitude towards food and healthy eating habits.

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