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Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa


If you have a friend who is suffering from anorexia, he or she will need professional help. Treatment for anorexia nervosa won't be complete without psychotherapy, in which therapies for the individual or held with a group and the family will be provided. A combination or all three will be beneficial to someone's recovery, depending on his or her current mental or health condition. Treating anorexia can be difficult because some individuals refuse to be helped even if they are already confined in a hospital or a residential treatment facility. Psychotherapy can help your loved one build a healthier self-esteem and self image that have been distorted by their negative perception about themselves. With psychotherapy, your friend, partner, spouse, or family member can eventually overcome the eating disorder, starting with themselves.

What Psychotherapy Can Do

Psychotherapy focuses on many issues after a trusting and therapeutic relationship has been established between the mental health professional and the client. An anorexic is obsessed with their body image and that can be challenging to change, but the therapist will be careful in instilling a better sense of mind and self-perception into your loved one while determining inner issues.

Individual therapy is mandatory for treating anorexia. It can help your friend deal with thoughts and behaviour that may have led to the eating disorder. This type of therapy helps them gain positive ways to cope with their strong feelings and nagging thoughts about self-image. It can also help build a healthier self-esteem. Cognitive behavioural therapy is often used because it focuses on self-evaluation and self-image issues. Your friend is likely to have a distorted body image if he or she is anorexic, making that the first focus of the treatment.

A negative self-image may have been caused by traumatic memories and experiences in your friend's past, such as their childhood or early teens, and their family may have been involved. In that case, family therapy can be provided for treatment, too. Family-based therapy recognises the important role of the parents in influencing a child's self-image, and if the parents apparently contributed to the negative self-esteem of your friend, then this type of therapy may be able to help correct that. Family therapy can also educate your friend's family about anorexia and how it may have came to be. That way, the family can be supportive and help your friend recover, too.

Group therapy is a treatment for anorexia nervosa that should be administered by a qualified mental health specialist. This type of therapy lets your friend join a group of clients with eating disorders so they can get support and confront their personal issues more efficiently when they know that they are not alone in their ordeal.

If you would like to know more about how these psychotherapy treatments can help your friend overcome anorexia, speak to one of our specialists here in One40. Contact us by calling 0800 511 8112 or 0203 151 1914. One40 has specialists in disorder and addiction therapy, with multiple locations all over the UK, and registered with the BACP and CQC. We offer individual care planning, flexible admissions and treatment, and free aftercare.