Teenage Anorexia Treatment
Eating disorders often run the risk of all being thought of as the same thing, but each one is actually quite different.
Anorexia is perhaps the best known of these conditions and causes the sufferer to keep their weight levels as low as possible by not eating.
Approximately 85% of anorexia sufferers are young women up to the age of 24, although it can affect anyone. There are significant mortality rates attached to the condition, often as a result of not seeking treatment, so it is important that you reach out for help for your loved one as soon as you recognise the signs or suspect that it may be the case.
Causes of Anorexia
Anorexia is a psychological problem which leads to the sufferer trying to maintain a weight that is far lower than is healthy.
In contrast to bulimia, anorexia is characterised by extreme body dissatisfaction, known as body dysmorphia, which leads to a delusion of being fat and becoming thinner no matter how much weight they may have already lost.
Biology and Genetics
It has often been assumed that anorexia is a result of simply wanting to be thin, and attention has been focused on cultural pressures towards physical perfection. However, it has now been shown that biology and genetics play a huge part in who suffers from this condition and why.
Mental Health States
The condition can also be brought on by a number of mental health states including low self-esteem, childhood perfectionism, co-dependence, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorders) and can often be employed as an attempt to control the family and external relationships.
Anorexia seems to be intrinsically linked to the ‘feel good’ chemical serotonin, which seems to appear in high levels before developing anorexia and after recovering from it. These high levels can cause anxiety, behavioural inhibition and body perception issues, and as serotonin production is linked to food, this form of starvation can reduce the anxious symptoms that it creates. These feelings return when food is consumed, therefore encouraging the sufferer to avoid eating as much as possible and a cycle begins.
Symptoms and Effects of Anorexia
Anorexia is a traumatic condition both for the patient and their loved ones, as you may feel powerless while you watch the condition take hold in someone you care about.
As you might expect, depriving oneself of food to this extent can be very dangerous, and there are a number of serious health concerns associated with anorexia. It can lead to a risk of:
Light or Absent Periods
Aside from sudden and severe weight loss, these are important signs to look out for in someone that you suspect may be suffering from an eating disorder.
Anorexia sufferers also find that they seem to experience other mental health conditions at the same time, including depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety. You may begin to notice that the sufferer will label themselves as overweight even when they are not, and they will severely limit the amount of food they consume. Any exercise will usually be with the specific aim to burn off calories.
How can Archangel Help?
At Archangel, we understand that anorexia starts in the mind, and we therefore treat it as a psychological condition as well as a physical one. Our tailor-made treatments take into account all of their personal situations to ensure that we reach all of the underlying conditions that may have led to the condition taking hold.
Food Education and Therapy
We understand the need to develop healthy habits, to help instil a sensible attitude towards food. We also offer yoga and meditation classes to teach new techniques for dealing with anxiety, depression and feelings of loss of control. These courses work along side our therapy and counselling to understand the problems the patient is going through and give them new ways to understand and cope with them.
Identifying the Root of the Problem
Our teenage anorexia treatment looks at the emotional causes of the condition, and these are dealt with in great depth through our therapy sessions. We will combine cognitive and behaviour therapy with psychotherapy in order to challenge and change unhelpful thoughts and actions.
How it Works
Our teenage anorexia rehab is a specialist program that is built around your teenager. We will begin with a telephone conversation with yourself to establish exactly what you are facing.
We take the time to find out more about how the anorexia has taken hold and what you know about the causes of it. We can then answer any of your questions about our residential care and therapy and will help you understand the specifics of the condition.
Becoming Part of the Family
When we offer your family member a place at Archangel, you can be sure they are in safe and caring hands. With no more than five patients at any time, they will become part of a family that helps each other gently and sensitively.
We offer one-to-one and group therapy sessions, and we have a trained staff on hand 24-hours a day. We also provide family therapy each week to help everyone involved and to work through any issues the patient may be facing when they go home.
We do not put a time limit on our therapy, as we understand that every situation is different. We will work with your teenager for as long as they need at our treatment centre. Once the treatment has been completed, we will not leave you on your own, and offer ongoing support whenever you need us.