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Anorexia Nervosa (cont.)

Are There Home Remedies for Anorexia Nervosa?

  • Recognizing that a problem may exist is essential.
  • Rarely are people aware of this problem themselves because this disease is defined by a distorted view of their own body image or weight. A family member or friend must recognize the possibility of a medical or psychiatric problem.
  • A person with anorexia nervosa often resists questioning and is extremely secretive, usually denying any problem and making excuses for weight loss or eating habits. If pressed on the subject, the person may become angry or withdrawn, further complicating attempts by others to help.
  • If you think a friend or family member has a problem, get that person to a physician, even if she or he strongly resists cooperating.
  • There is no home remedy.

What Is the Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa?

Treatment often can be very challenging because an anorexia sufferer will often refuse to 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 interpersonal psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, sometimes using dialectical behavior therapy and psychotherapeutic methods within a comprehensive treatment plan that often also includes attending group therapy, support group meetings, and family therapy.
  • Sometimes doctors will use medications, like antidepressants (including serotonergic antidepressants, also called SSRIs) or antipsychotic drugs to treat emotional symptoms that often accompany anorexia, 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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/2/2016

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