Often misunderstood, Anorexia Nervosa is a very serious and potentially life-threatening disorder. We know far too many people are dealing with this issue. Most often, anorexia includes severe restriction of food resulting in weight loss and an intense fear of weight gain. In spite of our culture’s common depiction of anorexia, it is not always possible to tell if someone is struggling with this problem just by looking at them. Further, anorexia can affect people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, and ethnicities.
This type is used to describe individuals who do not eat enough food to maintain appropriate body weight.
The binge-purge type refers to individuals who, in addition to restriction, engage in binge eating behavior and/or purging behaviors such as self-induced vomiting or excessive exercising.
Research tells us time and time again that treatment for anorexia nervosa is best provided in a team setting. This means an individual working to heal from anorexia would still see a therapist. Plus, you would be under the care of a primary physician. You may also meet with a dietician, and sometimes a psychiatrist.
In coordinated care for anorexia, your providers work together to help ensure you get the best possible treatment. Using this team strategy, these providers talk regularly with each other and you, the patient. Finally, the team will collaborate on the care plan to create consistent expectations for everyone involved.
Here at Northside, we have strong ties to providers in the Indianapolis community. This includes surrounding areas with eating disorder sensitive physicians, dieticians, and other therapists. We also value working with parents and loved ones of eating disorder patients. Our commitment to the team approach to anorexia treatment often allows us to provide support for an individual struggling with anorexia here in the out-patient setting.
In addition to treating anorexia, our therapists can help with:
Northside offers other recovery-oriented services in addition to traditional therapy. For you, this might mean a group or workshop setting to aid in your treatment. Your participation in groups can help boost support in the process of recovery.
Group therapy, dietician facilitated restaurant outings, recovery coach services, and peer-led support groups are just some of the additional services offered here. Ask your provider, or check out our calendar of events to learn more and see when these other services are offered.