ou can recover but in order to do so you must seek help. The self-destructive pattern of Anorexia Nervosa can be broken and even though it might be impossible for you to believe right now, you can reclaim your happiness and your health with the proper support and treatment. Right now you are going to extremes to get yourself to a dangerous body weight but it never seems to be enough for you. As emaciated as you become, you will never find that it is enough. The more weight that you lose the more you want to lose. Anorexia Nervosa is much more common in females than in males. It usually begins around the onset of puberty. If you suffer from Anorexia Nervosa we want you to know that we understand what is going on inside of your head. There are many ways that an Anorexic person will achieve their goal of losing more and more weight such as abusing laxatives, extreme exercising, and simply not eating.
People that suffer from Anorexia Nervosa believe that they could never ever be too thin. Does this sound like you? When you look into a mirror do you see a fat person? We understand that you don’t see the tremendous physical and emotional damage that self-starvation inflicts, which is why you continue to purge, over-exercise, and diet. You will also go to great lengths to conceal your eating rituals but you must understand that Anorexia Nervosa is very serious and is likely killing you.
Your fear of being fat has caused you to follow this diet plan, as you perceive it, which is going to cost you your life if you do not stop. Once you start this self inflicting behavior, you cannot stop, many are unable to stop without addiction treatment even after you have become sickly thin, dangerously ill, or often even near death. If you have Anorexia Nervosa you have surely noticed a serious decline in your health but there are things going on inside of your body that you are probably not even aware of yet. Your bones are shrinking, you are losing your minerals that are in your body that are necessary for survival, you likely have a low body temperature, an irregular heartbeat, irreversible failure to grow normally, osteoporosis, and possibly Bulimia. If you abuse laxatives then you likely have further problems because the bowel muscles will literally wear out and cease to function. In addition, there are chemicals in laxatives that are not healthy.
Understanding Anorexia Nervosa
Self starvation is the way that you put yourself in control of things and it might be the only control that you believe that you do have over your life. Without using this eating disorder you feel as if you have no crutch to lean on and therefore feel powerless. This illness is a self sabotaging way to mask very painful feelings that you cannot or do not want to deal with. Feelings of anger, self loathing, and shame are covered by your ability to remain in control of the numbers on your scale. If this becomes difficult to manage, then you may even turn to drugs.
Your efforts to feel good about yourself are determined by the amount of weight that you lose but these efforts are in vain because weight and starvation, binging and purging, are not going to repair or conceal your negative self image. It will only get worse until you reach out for help and seek help with an eating disorder and drug rehabilitation program. Perfectionists, those that never feel up to par, and those that are obsessed with worrying are also at more risk of developing Anorexia.
Anorexia Nervosa Symptoms
Most that suffer from Anorexia Nervosa are in denial and claim to only trying to live a healthy life. Alcohol often becomes a good crutch in covering things up. At best, some will admit to being a bit extreme. Here is the difference: healthy diets are a way that a person improves their appearance and their health, they do not base their self esteem solely on body weight, they are only trying to control their weight, and they have every intention of losing weight in a very healthy manner.
If you find that losing weight is a way for you to achieve great happiness and your self esteem is merely a reflection of what you want to see in the mirror, this “diet” facade is controlling your entire being, and nothing else really matters to you besides being thin and you are not really concerned about your health in the meantime then you are suffering from Anorexia Nervosa and without help you are likely going to die from it.
Anorexia Nervosa is nothing new; as a matter of fact it has been around for hundreds of years. There are many factors that contribute to this illness such as the fact that our culture is one that idolizes thinness but also genetics, family environment, and individual personality traits also play star roles. It has been evident also that brain chemistry might also play a significant role in this condition.
People that have Anorexia Nervosa might have higher than normal levels of cortisol which is a hormone found in the human brain that contributes the most to stress. There might also be lower levels of norephinephrine and serotonin which are responsible for a sense of well being. So this indicates higher stress levels accompanied with lower than normal levels of comfort and well being. You will likely require inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment for Anorexia makes every attempt possible to be as unrestrictive as possible while still ensuring your safety. Any other psychiatric problems that you might have will also be addressed while you are in treatment, from substance abuse to sober living.
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You can not always be a perfectionist or an overachiever while you focus on others. This is your time! You must get help immediately! There is a good chance that you are dying. Anorexia Nervosa is destructive both physically and emotionally. You can fully recover from this illness if you do something about it and seek help before it becomes chronic and life-threatening. Psychological counseling and psychotherapy will address both the eating disorder and the forces that contribute to it. As with all co-occurring disorders, Cliffside Malibu treats eating disorders as a co-occurring disorder with drug and or alcohol abuse.