ANOREXIA NERVOSA

Eating Disorder Treatment in Greenwich, Darien, Westchester, and Surrounding Areas in Connecticut and New York

What is anorexia nervosa? Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by weight loss, difficulties maintaining an appropriate body weight, fear of weight gain, restricting how much or when one eats, and often distorted body image. Some people with the disorder also binge eat and/or engage in compensatory behaviors (e.g, vomiting, laxatives). Many people with anorexia also exercise excessively and/or compulsively.

What are the symptoms of anorexia nervosa? Symptoms of anorexia nervosa include weight loss, preoccupation with weight/shape/dieting/calories, refusing to eat certain foods/calories,  making frequent comments about being "fat", cold intolerance, food rituals, cooking for others without eating, excessive/rigid exercise routines, withdrawal from friends and activities, limited social spontaneity, concerns eating in public, strong need for control, inflexible thinking, and overly restrained emotional expression. 

What are the health consequences of anorexia nervosa? Health consequences include loss of menstrual period, osteoporosis/osteopenia, GI complaints, sleep problems, fainting, and abnormal laboratory finding. dizziness, dental problems, and impaired immune functioning.

How do you treat anorexia nervosa? We use Dr. Fairburn's Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Treatment to treat anorexia nervosa in late adolescents and adults. We will work with you to implement behavioral strategies including the establishment of a regular pattern of eating, systematic exposure to forbidden foods, create motivation for change, and challenge disturbance in the experience of shape and weight as well as the tie between personal identity and the illness. We also integrate mindfulness and acceptance techniques to help you regulate emotions and disengage from eating disordered thoughts.