Anorexia is an eating disorder that can be identified by food restriction and an irrational fear of weight gain. This may result in excessive weight loss and a person experiencing a poor self-body perception. Usually anorexia develops in early childhood or adolescence, however, both men and women can experience it at any age.
Anorexia can affect a person’s mental and physical health and potentially can be life threatening. Initially a person may feel an overwhelming sense of control by restricting their food intake, this may start as a normal diet but can soon spiral out of control. After a period of time it may become evident to a person that in fact they have lost control of their illness as thier fears and anxieties around food and weight gain become unmanageable.
Physical Symptoms Of Anorexia
A person experiencing Anorexia may have a number of the following signs and/or symptoms:
- Severe mood swings; depression
- Lack of energy and weakness
- Slowed thinking; poor memory
- Dry, yellowish skin and brittle nails
- Constipation and bloating
- Tooth decay and gum damage
- Dizziness, fainting, and headaches, palpitations, chest pain, shortness of
- Growth of fine hair all over the body and face
- Weight loss
- Swollen joints
- Impaired immune system
- Physiological symptoms:
- Low self esteem
- Mood swings
- Depression and irritability
- Difficulties with concentration and memory loss
- Denial about being under weight, fear of weight gain
- Distorted body image
- Preoccupation with food and calories intake
- Urge to be in control
- Difficulties eating around others / in public places
- Not eating
- Excessive exercising, calorie counting, monitoring weight
- Eating/exercising in secret
- Binge eating
- Purging, misuse of diuretics, diet pills or appetite suppressants, self induced vomiting.
- Isolation, withdrawal from friends and family
- Controlling behaviour
- Fainting / dizzy spells
- Wearing baggy clothes
- Self harming
- You may feel that Anorexia has a hold over you, but with the right support and the will to want to change, you can overcome the illness and learn to manage to eat normally and develop healthier attitudes about food and your body.
At Serenity Addiction Centres we provide a safe environment with a team of empathetic, caring individuals that will empower you on your route to recovery. We offer one to one counselling support, family support, nutritional advice, relaxation therapies and techniques, advice and information on health and well being
Following your initial assessment you will be provided with an individualised programme that is suitable to your needs. We believe in identifying the root cause of the problem. Our therapeutic programme will offer a wide range of treatment options, providing a total mind, body and soul experience. Allowing you to explore your inner self and lead a more fulfilling lifestyle.
We understand that taking the decision to commit to rehab can be difficult, you can schedule a tour of one your local rehab centers to see the available facilities, resources and environment. This can help you with taking the first steps towards your rehabilitation