Contemporary society puts immense focus on weight, musculature, dieting, and personal appearance. The pressure to keep up with these standards, as well as conditions like anxiety and depression, can push men and women to develop the eating disorder anorexia.
Right Path Counseling, based in Jericho, provides anorexia treatment on Long Island. Although this can be an extremely challenging disorder that generally requires help, our experienced therapists and proven treatments can support teens and adults in regaining control of their eating and body image, and put them on the path to recovery. We encourage you to call us to learn more about our therapy for anorexia nervosa and get started with the treatment you need.
Anorexia, medically called Anorexia Nervosa, is a twofold disorder that impacts both mental perceptions and physical behavior. Mentally, a person with anorexia often perceives themself as larger than they really are and develops an intense preoccupation with losing weight or maintaining a low body weight. Physically, the patient will severely restrict food intake. This could mean that they only eat very small amounts and only at limited times or only consume low calorie foods.
By not consuming calories, a person with anorexia does not get the energy and nutrients they need. But they are also unable to limit the compulsions caused by anorexia. Over time, this will begin to contribute to a range of different health problems caused by caloric starvation.
Because the mental and physical effects of anorexia can be so overpowering, help from a trained psychotherapist is often required to help a patient overcome anorexia and build the correct skills to avoid a relapse in the future.
Anorexia can happen to people of any age, although it does tend to be more common in teenage girls and young adults. We have therapists at Right Path Counseling experienced in treating anorexia in all of the different age groups using personalized, scientifically proven based care to promote long term recovery from anorexia.