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Anorexia Treatment UK

Anorexia can sometimes progress to a life-long illness and while many people who have this condition do recover or experience improvement in their eating habits, some have a hard time recovering and battle with anorexia throughout their lives. However, a good percentage of those who undergo treatment, do recover and experience great improvement in their condition. People who start treatment early on, usually do well in beating anorexia. Left untreated for a long time, this condition becomes more and more difficult to treat.

If you think you don't need treatment because your symptoms aren't bad enough, or you think they are not bad enough and you can work things out all on your own, think again. Anorexia is a serious and complex condition and getting professional anorexia treatment UK is important if you want full recovery from the disorder.

Diagnosing anorexia involves a lot of tests and exams in order to rule out any other medical causes for weight loss as well as to check for complications. These exams typically include the following:

  1. Physical Exam. This includes height and weight measurement, checking of vital signs (heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, etc.), checking of skin and nails for signs of dehydration, dryness, and other problems, as well as examining your abdomen, heart, and lungs.
  2. Laboratory Tests. Lab tests include a CBC and other specialized blood tests, which are used to check protein and electrolytes, as well as the function of your thyroid, kidney, and liver.
  3. Psychological Evaluation. Your mental health provider or doctor will also ask about your feelings, thoughts, and eating habits, or ask you to complete self-assessment questionnaires to check your psychological state.
  4. Other tests. Tests and studies may also be requested such as X-rays to check for broken bones due to malnutrition, as well as other exams to check for heart problems or pneumonia. Other tests are used to determine nutritional requirements and help plan proper diet.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM, the diagnostic criteria for anorexia are as follows:

  • Refusing to maintain a healthy body weight (body mass that is at or above the ideal or the minimum normal weight for height and age).
  • Intense (and sometimes irrational) fear of becoming fat or gaining weight, despite being underweight.
  • Denying the gravity of having low body weight and having a distorted image of yourself (shape or appearance).
  • Absence of period for at least three consecutive menstrual cycles in women who have their periods.

Some medical professionals think that these criteria don't accurately reflect anorexic symptoms in some people, as one may not meet all of them but still have the eating disorder. If you suspect someone in your family or your close ties or you yourself is experiencing this kind of eating disorder, it is best to turn to professional facilities like One40 for help diagnosing your condition.