Treating Anorexia at Corner Canyon Counseling
Anorexia (also known as anorexia nervosa) is a serious eating disorder that affects an astounding number of people: more than 2 million American women suffer from anorexia at some point in their lives. It is an especially deadly eating disorder, with 1 in 5 anorexia deaths being by suicide. This dangerous condition is frightening, but it is also treatable with the right help. At Corner Canyon Counseling, we have treated clients with anorexia and have helped them reclaim their lives. We have helped many clients overcome their conditions and continue to live healthy lives that are free from the dangerous burden of anorexia.
What Is Anorexia?
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by a person severely restricting their calorie and food intake in order to lose an unhealthy amount of weight. In most cases, the desire to restrict their eating is motivated by a distorted body image and a phobia of weight gain. Many people who suffer from anorexia also suffer from body dysmorphic disorder, a condition that causes people to have a distorted image of what they look like. In the case of anorexics, their body dysmorphic disorder causes them to think they are obese, which is why they continue to restrict their calorie intake even though they are extremely and often dangerously thin.
The main treatment for anorexia is therapy. Every person is different, and no two people suffer from anorexia in the same way, so when our patients are being treated for anorexia, our mental health professionals work with them to determine the best course of action for them to take. Some of the treatment options that they might use include:
- Acceptance and commitment therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Interpersonal psychotherapy
- Cognitive remediation therapy
The focus of the therapy is to help them overcome their fears of obesity, help them to appreciate their body, strengthen their self-esteem, and to understand that it is more important for them to be healthy than it is for them to be thin. In some cases, family therapy and group therapy are incorporated into their treatment process. Depending on the person and the severity of their disorder, medical treatment might be necessary to help them return to a normal weight.
All of the forms of therapy listed above have been shown to have a lasting positive impact on people who are suffering from anorexia. A licensed mental health professional has the experience and knowledge necessary to help the suffering person change their mindset and adopt a healthier view of themselves, others, and the world.
Let Us Help You
If you or a loved one is suffering from anorexia, do not wait to get the help you need. Anorexia is a dangerous and often life-threatening condition that often requires the help of a licensed mental health professional to overcome. Our team has the knowledge, experience, and resources you need to overcome anorexia and live a life that is free from the negative consequences it brings. Call us today with any questions you have, and we will be happy to talk to you and help you find the help you need.