Also known as: Anorexia nervosa,
Anorexia nervosa is a potentially life-threatening disorder characterized by self-starvation and weight loss. There are two subtypes. In the restricting subtype, the individual eats suboptimal amounts of food, while in the binge-eating/purging type of anorexia, the individual may also experience intervals of eating large amounts of food and then engage in a means to get rid of the food by vomiting or using laxatives or diuretics. Individuals with anorexia are either underweight or fail to gain weight while growing up. Often they do not recognize how underweight they may appear to others, and they regard maintaining low body weight as essential to their self-esteem. Both males and females can develop anorexia nervosa.
For more than 25 years, the Providence Eating Disorders Treatment Program has helped patients recover from anorexia, bulimia and atypical eating disorders. Our treatment process begins with a thorough clinical assessment to address current and past eating practices and the physical and emotional consequences of these practices. This includes the evaluation of symptoms, such as depression, anxiety and substance use, as well as lifestyle factors, such as social support from family and friends. As patients approach or re-approach treatment, their readiness and the timing of treatment are also considered. Recovery is a process that requires persistence, courage and effective treatment resources.