At Primrose Lodge, we have years of experience helping people from across the UK and from various walks of life in successfully overcome anorexia. We accomplish this by first carefully accessing the condition of a patient after which we can tailor the most appropriate course of treatment to suit their needs.
We can provide you with an inpatient or outpatient treatment programme to guide you safely towards recovery. We are staffed by competent and compassionate professionals who will be there to keep you healthy, comfortable, and safe at all times. Get in touch with us today!
Anorexia nervosa can be described as a psychological illness that results in an eating disorder. When suffering from anorexia, you will undergo significant weight loss to the point of ill-health.
When suffering from anorexia, you will intentionally avoid eating due to a fear of becoming or being fat. This fear of weight gain will remain even when your body mass index (BMI) is low and you are exhibiting signs of malnutrition or general ill-health. Aside from not eating, other individuals with anorexia will engage in excessive exercise, deliberately induce vomiting, or use laxatives, all due to their fear of gaining weight.
Continuing on such a path can lead to severe health complications and even death. Some of said health complications include:
A number of factors can lead to anorexia depending on the individual with the illness. The cause of anorexia may be biological in nature, or even environmental or psychological, or even be a combination of all three.
But, generally, the below risk factors are most commonly reported:
Environmental factors such as the fashion industry and media’s portrayal of how being thin is beautiful can also negatively impact an individual’s perception of food. Treatment in our clinic will take into consideration all pertinent factors and help you change how you perceive your body and food.
The sooner you notice that you or a loved one might be anorexic, the sooner you can get help and avoid any lasting damage. There are a number of warning signs that can alert you to the fact that an individual is anorexic. For instance, there will be physical symptoms such as:
There will also be behavioural symptoms such as:
The anorexic person will continue complaining about being fat, even though he/she clearly isn’t.
Generally, anorexia nervosa treatment consists of psychotherapy, medication, family therapy, and nutrition counselling. The goal of your personalised treatment plan is to achieve the following:
For best results, treatment may be long term, especially as there is the possibility of a relapse.
Our sister centre in Banbury, Oxfordshire, can help if you have a loved one between the ages of 16 and 18 suffering from anorexia nervosa. Treating anorexia isn’t the same for adults and teenagers, especially because of the developmental problems that may occur in younger individuals. Our sister centre in Banbury has the necessary resources and expertise to help your teenager retake control of his/her life, recover from an eating disorder, and stay healthy long term.
Contact us today so we can help arrange the admission of your loved one.
To guarantee that the positive effects of your treatment are not short lived, we provide follow-up care and continued support. After you are discharged from our facility, you can take advantage of this service to help you stay focused on living a healthy lifestyle and preventing relapse. Our support system will also help you overcome any stressors or triggers that may cause you to become anorexic again.
If you or a loved one suffer from anorexia nervosa or any other eating disorder, we can help. Call our confidential helpline today by dialling 0203 553 9263 to get started on the safe and effective path to recovery.