Anorexia Treatment in North Conway, NH :

Anorexia Nervosa

The main clinical feature of anorexia nervosa is the inability to maintain a healthy weight and a preoccupation with one’s weight and shape. Anorexia nervosa typically presents during adolescence, and if untreated, can develop into a chronic psychiatric illness and cause severe and long-lasting physical and medical complications. As a result, it is critical that treatment interventions occur early in the course of the illness and focus on weight restoration. Among all psychiatric disorders, anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate. Both males and females can develop anorexia nervosa. Symptoms of anorexia nervosa include a preoccupation with food and restricting food intake, preoccupation with weight and shape, inability to maintain a healthy weight, compulsive exercising, binging and purging, agitation, irritability, diminished cognitive functioning, anxiety, depression, social withdrawal and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. For adolescents, first-line treatment includes Family-Based Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa (FBT) or Cognitive-Behavior Therapy – Enhanced (CBT-E). Treatment should always include medical monitoring and a thorough medical evaluation should take place initially to rule out underlying medical conditions. A referral to a nutritionist may be needed to assist with nutrition evaluation, education and meal planning. A thorough psychiatric evaluation should also be completed to rule out other psychiatric disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and psychosis. Medications may be used to treat specific symptoms associated with anorexia nervosa, but their efficacy during the underweight phase of the illness is uncertain. Due to the complicated nature of the illness, individuals may need to be treated in an inpatient or residential setting for a period of time if outpatient treatment is unsuccessful.

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