Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa
1. Hospitalisation is necessary if they are 20% below their expected weight or more than 30% below their expected weight. They can be in hospital for 2 to 6 months.
2. Quite often they need individual and family therapy.
3. In some cases medication may help, but has not really been found to be beneficial.
The following are tell-tale signs to watch for if you have, or know someone who has this disorder:
1. Extreme weight loss.
2. Extreme weight variations.
3. Excessive exercise/excessive compliance.
4. Physical aspects:
· Is there a change in appearance for the worse?
· Is there a decrease in energy?
· Is there an increase in the number of injuries?
· Is there an increase in mild illnesses such as colds, flus,
sore throats, etc?
5. Is there evidence of mood changes or of depression?