Your worst fear is that you will get fat; you are obsessed with the mere thought. 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 can not stop, many are unable to stop without addiction treatment even after you have become sickly thin, dangerously ill, or often even near death. It is very common for an Anorexic person to cook large meals for other people without ever taking one bite. Most with Anorexia will never eat in front of anyone and will always make excuses for not eating or will simply avoid situations where food will be offered. There are a higher number of girls with Anorexia that engage in activities that require and demand thinness such as ballet, dancing, athletes, or those involved in theater.
Anorexia is a very serious and sometimes fatal eating disorder. People who suffer from this condition will literally starve themselves. It is more common in females than in males at higher than a 3 to 1 ratio and usually begins around the age of puberty. Anorexia causes extreme weight loss, often times as much as 20% below the ideal body weight. If you suffer from Anorexia we want you to know that we understand what is going on inside of your head. Anorexic people are very thin yet when you look at yourself in the mirror you are plagued with this image of an overweight person. 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 with Anorexia are very unhealthy in ways that you might not even notice. 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. Please do not delay, reach out today and accept our help. Call Cliffside Malibu at (424) 320-3061.
There is a good chance that if you are Anorexic that you will not be able to conceive a child and if you do, your chances of carrying it to term are very slim. This is associated with your irregular menstrual cycles and the weakness in your bones. If you do conceive there is also a high chance that since you do not eat right and do not eat foods that are healthy that you could be putting both you and your baby in grave danger. Most women with an eating disorder will either miscarry or have their baby prematurely which could very well cause dangerous medical problems for the baby.
Anorexia and eating disorders in general are very complicated, are often combined with substance abuse, and are somewhat of a mystery to experts. It is known that the people that are at the highest risk might be those that have other members in their family that are obese, have an eating disorder or mood disorders like anxiety or depression. You are also at more risk if you have a job or engage in a sport that relies on being thin. Perfectionists, those that never feel up to par, and those that are obsessed with worrying are also at more risk of developing Anorexia. Our eating disorder specialists are here to help you.
Anorexia is very dangerous and can be very debilitating the more that you life focuses on food it will seem like your life has spiraled out of control. You have strictly limited your food intake to the point where you are literally starving yourself to death. It is likely that you have isolated yourself and find that you are often lying to those that you love.
It is likely that you have started to notice things with your body that do not seem right and do not appear normal. Is your hair starting to thin out, your skin is extremely dry, and your nails are very brittle? Are you tired and weak all the time and do you possibly even faint? Are you always cold, stopped having a period, have a purple tinge to the skin on your legs and arms due to poor circulation? Are your feet or hands swollen and have you developed a fine layer of hair all over your body? These are all signs of starvation!
Getting the Help You Need
Your eating disorder is how you mask your pain. Anorexia is a coping mechanism. It is almost impossible for most to admit that they have an eating problem. It is very important that you understand that you are NOT alone! There is help available so that you do not have to live this way anymore. We will offer you top of the line treatment for your eating disorder. This will usually consist of several treatment combinations rather than just one in particular. Often an intervention can be designed if you are unwilling to seek help on your own and then it is recommended that you enter long term in patient residential care so that you can learn nutritional and other ways to manage your illness.
You will likely require inpatient treatment. In patient 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.
If you are suffering in silence from Anorexia there is a good chance that you are dying. Anorexia is destructive both physically and emotionally. You must get help immediately! 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.