Anorexia nervosa is the most fatal mental illness, causing the most deaths out of any other mental diagnosis, because of the detrimental effects starvation has on the body and mind. People who suffer with anorexia nervosa often have a distorted body image and think they are fat when they are not. It is common for somebody with anorexia nervosa to have other destructive behaviours and mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, low self esteem, alcohol misuse, drug misuse and self-harm.
Our team of professionals are trained in managing anorexia nervosa and associated behaviours and can help achieve healthy positive behaviours through multidisciplinary, holistic interventions.
The cause of anorexia nervosa is not fully understood. There are some similarities between people with anorexia nervosa such as experiences of trauma or extreme dieting in the past. Additionally, a young person is more likely to develop an eating disorder if a parent of sibling has one. anorexia nervosa can give those with it a feeling of control, purpose and achievement when they starve themselves and lose weight. Our team can help someone with anorexia introduce more positive behaviours when they have these feels of powerlessness and lack of control.
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Anorexia nervosa, and its severity, can develop over a short or long period of time. If somebody is showing these signs, they may have anorexia nervosa :
The sooner anorexic behaviours are picked up and addressed through psychological and dietetic treatment, the more likely it is for the person to make a full recovery.
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Although anorexia nervosa is a mental illness, it causes severe physical problems due to the effect of starvation on the body, such as:
At The Bridge, we offer a mental health nurse assessment and regular reviews to reduce the likelihood of these long term effects of anorexia nervosa developing. Our dietitian will help reduce the effects of starvation by identifying the nutritional deficiencies the person with anorexia nervosa may be at risk of.
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Our treatment of anorexia nervosa is coordinated by a mental health nurse, ensuring the person with anorexia gets the best treatment and care possible. The mental health nurse will discuss with the young person which treatment options are best, according to their lifestyle and the severity of the disease. We provide a combination of psychological treatment and dietetic therapy within a family or individual format. The person with anorexia will discuss with the mental health nurse as to which is appropriate and the time it should take to complete, incorporating different methods and techniques according to the person’s recovery goals.
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There are many ways The Bridge can help someone with anorexia nervosa. We can help anybody with a BMI above 14.5 kg/m2 who is showing signs of anorexia nervosa or any eating disorder. Our therapy treatment options are coordinated by an eating disorder specialist mental health nurse and are bespoke and tailored to the individual’s needs. We help by providing immediate access to an outpatient, multidisciplinary service to aid recovery of eating disorders in a setting which allows individuals to have more control over their lives. We work with the individual on their own or as part of a family to address their psychological needs, while achieving optimal and safe nutritional with the dietitian.
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