Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa – oftentimes simply called anorexia – is a serious medical and mental health condition that can be life-threatening without treatment. Anorexia is characterized by an overwhelming and irrational fear of gaining weight as well as a relentless pursuit to be as thin as possible at any cost. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

Selah House specializes in the treatment of:

Signs and Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa

  • Weight loss (significant or sudden)
  • Preoccupation with weight, body, food, calories, fat grams, exercise, and/or dieting
  • Refusal to eat certain foods or food group
  • Complaints of constipation, abdominal pain, cold intolerance, lethargy, and/or excess energy
  • Distorted self-image
  • Expressed anxiety about gaining weight or being “fat”
  • Denial of hunger
  • Development of food rituals (e.g. eating foods in certain orders, excessive chewing, rearranging food on a plate)
  • Avoidance of meals as well as other situations involving food
  • Participation in an excessive, rigid exercise regimen
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, and/or activities
  • Increased irritability
  • Concerned about eating in public
  • Limited insight into and/or denial of the above mentioned unhealthy behavioral or cognitive patterns
  • Post-puberty loss of menstrual period
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Dental issues, such as enamel erosion, cavities, and tooth sensitivity

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