Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is the most well known, but also most misunderstood, eating disorder.

Find out more about it, including how we can support your recovery, below.

What is Anorexia?

When most people think of eating disorders, they think of anorexia.

Anoreixa Is a restrictive eating disorder, meaning that you have to restrict your nutritional intake to be diagnosed with it. 

There are two types of anorexia, these are restrictive and binge/purge. Both of these are described in more detail below.

We understand that eating disorders can manifest in diverse ways, and we believe that every individual’s experience is valid and deserves attention. The term ‘atypical anorexia’ is often used in reference to individuals who experience anorexia symptoms without meeting the weight criteria typically associated with the diagnosis. We want to be clear that we do not support the use of weight as a defining factor in diagnosing any mental health condition. Every person’s struggle with eating behaviors is significant, regardless of weight, and our focus is on the psychological aspects of eating disorders. Rest assured, we will provide support and treatment based on your unique experiences, not just a number on the scale.

Anorexia Restrictive

Anorexia Restrictive (also known as Anorexia Type 1) is the best known, but also least common, of the two types of anorexia.

You might have Anorexia Restrictive if you:

  • Restrict your nutritional intake with the goal of changing your body shape and/or weight.
  • You spend a lot of time worrying about your body shape and/or weight.
  • You do not have episodes of bingeing or purging.

 

Anorexia Restrictive is an incredibly serious illness that can affect anyone of any age, race, gender and background.

Anorexia Binge/Purge

Anorexia Binge/Purge (also known as Anorexia Type 2) is the most common type of anorexia that we work with.

Anorexia Binge/Purge is very similar to Anorexia Restrictive, but with one major difference – you will have episodes where you binge on food, purge food, or both. Some people will binge or purge daily, others will do so less regularly.

Anorexia Binge/Purge differs from Bulimia in that you also restrict your nutritional intake between episodes of bingeing or purging.

Is Recovery Possible?

YES!!!

We absolutely believe that recovery is possible for everyone. The route to recovery is different for everyone and depends on how long you’ve been ill, your symptoms, other conditions that you have and the support that you have around you.

Our team are experienced at working with clients who have anorexia alongside other conditions.

What Does Treatment Look Like?

Treatment usually involves weekly appointments with a specialist therapist. You may also have appointments with our dietitian or support worker. These are completely optional and can be discussed with you if either you or we feel that you may benefit from them.

Treatment initially involves stabilising where you’re at – slowing and stopping weight loss, reducing episodes of bingeing or purging, reducing any episodes of self harm and managing suicidal thoughts.

Once you’re stable, we take a stepped approach to treatment where we gradually tackle the eating disorder alongside any underlying problems.

How do I start treatment?

We know that it’s a massive deal asking for support whether it’s for yourself or someone you care about. We want to make working with us as easy and straightforward as possible.

So that you know what to expect, these are the steps that you’ll go through when you first contact us:

1. Please contact us on whichever method you prefer.

When you contact us we will ask your full name name, phone number and email address. We will also ask if you have any questions.

2. We will arrange an initial consultation for you, usually within 1-2 weeks.

The initial consultation is free and is a chance for you to meet one of our therapists. The consultation can be in person at our clinic or held online, whichever is best for you.

3. We will email you an admin form which needs to be completed before your initial consultation.

4. You have your initial consultation.

We will discuss what’s going on for you and you can ask any questions that you have for us. If both the therapist and you agree that our service could help you to recover, we’ll discuss your availability for regular appointments.

5. We will arrange your first therapy appointment

This is where your treatment with us, and more importantly your recovery, starts.