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Anorexia Nervosa Treatments

(Also Known As: Anorexia Treatments, Eating Disorder Treatments, Self Starvation Treatments, Unhealthy Dieting Treatments, Anorexic Treatments, Binge Eating Treatments)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Kinds of Anorexia Nervosa Treatments are Available?

Anorexia Nervosa is a serious psychological disorder that can endanger a person’s life. It is important to seek some form of psychological treatment to arrest the self-destructive thoughts, beliefs and practices of the person suffering from it and to develop in them healthier eating habits and beliefs about themselves. In severe cases, a person may need to be hospitalized to reverse the effects of this disorder.

Some of the recommended treatment approaches 5 for anorexia nervosa are:

  • Intervention strategies – focused on reducing negative emotions, modifying eating behaviors, identifying situations that trigger such behaviors, and continuing the motivation to change and relapse prevention.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy – involves psycho-education about the disorder, expectations for treatment, homework, self-monitoring, gradual approach to normalized eating, cognitive restructuring (to identify, challenge, and change maladaptive thinking), relapse prevention and development of problem-solving skills to help the person cope with stress.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy – may be helpful for people who are resistant to treatment, and those who have self-harming behaviors, dissociative episodes, are high in negative emotions, impulsivity, and have difficulty regulating emotions.

Could You Have Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa Topics

Related Conditions

Binge Eating Disorder – Excessive Eating, Uncontrolled Eating Large Amount of Foods, Depression
Body Dysmorphic Disorder – Obsessive, Compulsive Concern of General Appearance, Dysmorphic Syndrome, Anxiety, Depression
Bulimia Nervosa – Eating Disorder, Binge Eating, Purging, Fasting, Over Exercising, Laxatives, Enema, Diuretics
Childhood Eating Disorder – Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Excessive Worry About Weight, Anxiety, Binge Eating Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Disorder – Obsession, Compulsive Behavior, Anxiety, Perfectionism, Recurrent and Persistent Thoughts