Our Veterans Rehab Treatment Centers offer specialized treatment programs for Anorexia. With years of experience, Our Residential Mental Health Treatment Centers work tirelessly to meet your treatment needs.
WHAT IS ANOREXIA?
Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of weight. People with anorexia focus on controlling their weight and figure, using extreme efforts that tend to interfere with their lives.
To prevent weight gain or to continue losing weight, people with anorexia usually restrict food. They may control calorie intake by vomiting after eating or by misusing laxatives, diet aids, diuretics or enemas. They also try to lose weight by exercising excessively. No matter how much weight is lost, the person continues to fear weight gain.
Anorexia isn’t completely about food. It’s an extremely unhealthy and sometimes life-threatening way to try to cope with emotional problems and mental illness. When you have anorexia, you often equate thinness with beauty and self-worth.
Anorexia, like other eating disorders, can take over your life and can be very difficult to overcome. Our Veterans Rehabs and Detox Center helps you develop a better sense of who you are, return to healthier eating habits and reverse some of anorexia’s serious complications. Offering Residential Treatment and outpatient therapy, we use various therapy practices to help you gain your life back.
Physical Symptoms of AnorexiA
Physical signs and symptoms of anorexia may include:
- Extreme weight loss or not making expected developmental weight gains
- Thin appearance
- Abnormal blood counts
- Dizziness or fainting
- Bluish discoloration of the fingers
- Hair that thins, breaks or falls out
- Soft, downy hair covering the body
- Absence of menstruation
- Constipation and abdominal pain
- Dry or yellowish skin
- Intolerance of cold
- Irregular heart rhythms
- Low blood pressure
- Swelling of arms or legs
- Eroded teeth and calluses on the knuckles from induced vomiting
Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms
Emotional and behavioral signs and symptoms may include:
- Preoccupation with food, which sometimes includes cooking elaborate meals for others but not eating them
- Frequently skipping meals or refusing to eat
- Denial of hunger or making excuses for not eating
- Eating only a few certain “safe” foods, usually those low in fat and calories
- Adopting rigid meal or eating rituals, such as spitting food out after chewing
- Not wanting to eat in public
- Lying about how much food has been eaten
- Fear of gaining weight that may include repeated weighing or measuring the body
- Frequent checking in the mirror for perceived flaws
- Complaining about being fat or having parts of the body that are fat
- Covering up in layers of clothing
- Flat mood (lack of emotion)
- Social withdrawal
- Reduced interest in sex
How We Treat it
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As a member of the VA Community Care Network, Warriors and First Responders Resorts can help. You can enroll into one of our specialized treatment programs yourself or refer someone. Our Veterans Rehab admissions staff is available to answer any questions and help to guide you through the process. Admissions staff members are there to arrange admissions, facilitate transportation, evaluate, and assist with insurance verification.
Once a Veteran enters our Rehab and completes their mental health evaluations, they will be given a daily schedule. It is important to adhere to all the rules and do their best to complete all the work laid out for them in their individualized treatment plan. When Veterans work hard on their recovery and want to improve their situation, they will experience the healing process. Those that enroll in our program have the opportunity to change and begin the journey to sobriety.