Anorexia Nervosa (cont.)
Anorexia Nervosa Treatment
Treatment often can be extremely challenging because someone with anorexia will often not cooperate and will resist participation in any treatment program. A coordinated team of specialists is needed to handle all the medical and psychological components of this illness.
- Initially, treatment must focus on stabilizing any life-threatening complications of starvation. In severe cases, the medical team will assist in regaining weight, possibly using nutrition replacement through an IV
or feeding tube.
- The team must educate the person about the facts of the disease and its medical complications, as well as teach proper nutritional requirements.
- Psychiatric treatment uses cognitive, behavioral, and psychotherapeutic methods within a comprehensive treatment plan.
- Sometimes doctors will use medications, but such programs have shown only mixed results that they work.
- Family and support networks should be actively involved in the treatment and recovery for the individual with anorexia.
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