Eating disorders are some of the deadliest mental illnesses out there, particularly anorexia. Every year, millions of adults and adolescents struggle with obsessive thoughts regarding food, weight loss and body image, often resulting in anorexia nervosa disorder. The physical and mental ramifications of this disorder can follow individuals for the rest of their lives, causing social isolation, additional mental illnesses and even heart failure. This is why getting anorexia treatment is so important.
At Sovereign Health, our Eating Disorder Program provides patients with first-class treatment of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. We believe that by treating these illnesses as thoroughly as possible, we can increase the chance of a full recovery. For this reason, we also provide patients with an opportunity to receive treatment for substance addiction and other mental illnesses while in our care, as eating disorders are often fueled by co-occurring conditions.
What is anorexia nervosa?
Anorexia nervosa — often shortened to anorexia — is a serious, often deadly mental disorder that involves self-starvation and associated weight loss. Individuals with anorexia typically demonstrate a significantly low body weight in the context of age, sex, developmental trajectory and physical health. They may obsessively count calories, abuse laxatives, or exercise so frequently that their muscles do not have a chance to heal.
Although anorexia is a very severe disorder, it can be treated with the proper medication and behavioral therapy.