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Can Anorexia nervosa be treated?

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that leads to extreme weight loss. People with this disorder refuse to maintain a healthy body weight even after they become extremely thin. This eating disorder is common among adolescent girls, higher socioeconomic class people, and people involved in dancing and distance running.

The main symptom of anorexia is under-weight that is generally less than 15% of the normal weight. The other symptoms include weakness, shortness of breath, anxiety, refusing to eat food, brittle skin, loss of consecutive menstrual periods, etc - If you or your relatives suffer from such symptoms, you must consult a doctor or counselor to help you overcome this eating disorder.

The medical risks associated with anorexia include irregular heartbeat, shrunken bones, mineral loss, permanent failure of normal growth, low body temperature, osteoporosis, bulimia nervosa, etc.

There are several treatments available for this eating order. The different types of treatments include psychotherapy treatment, support group treatment, medication treatment, and hospitalization treatment. The sub-types of psychotherapy treatment are individual psychotherapy, family therapy, marital therapy, and group therapy. The natural treatments and alternative treatments are also available for this eating disorder. The good news is that anorexia can be treated easily if the patient and his/her family members cooperate. The patient needs lot of support from the family members. The disorder must be treated once the symptoms are noticed. Only then the treatment will be effective. If the disorder becomes chronic, it is very difficult to treat.

The treatment for anorexia is decided based on the patient's age, living environment, duration of the disorder, medical condition of the patient, physical symptoms, psychological symptoms, weight of the patient, etc. The eating disorder is curable in most cases if detected early and treated effectively. The chronic cases may need hospitalization with proper treatment and full support from both patient and his/her family members.