The Anorexic Mind

anorexia 2By: Riddhi Patel

“I turn on to my side and feel my ribs. I am relieved to feel them pushing through the skin more than they were some days before” – Anonymous anorexic patient

In most cases, people that have the eating disorder, anorexia, see themselves as overweight even though they are dangerously thin. The irrational thought that fat should not exist on their body starts to consume their mind and eventually they become obsessed with losing weight. Researchers are finding that this disorder may be caused by an interaction of biological, psychological and environmental factors.

“How wonderful it is to feel my bones. I tell myself this is success. The success I’ve deserved for so long.” – Anonymous anorexic patient

A person, usually a female, suffering from anorexia begins to develop unusual eating habits such as skipping meals, picking out a few foods and eating these in small quantities, or weighing and portioning food. People with anorexia may also frequently check their body weight and use other techniques to control their weight such as compulsively exercising or forcing oneself to vomit.

“Patience is a key factor in recovering from this eating disorder. It is not easy, but it is not impossible and it is absolutely worth it. I feel like I got the life that I deserve back and there is hope for the future” – Recovering anorexic patient

Treatment of anorexia calls for psychotherapy that involves three main steps. The first step is to restore the weight lost due to the extreme dieting and purging. The second step is to treat the psychological disturbances such as distortion of body image and low self-esteem. The third step is to achieve long-term remission and rehabilitation. Early diagnosis and treatment play a huge role in the increase of treatment success rate.

If you or anyone you know suffers from anorexia, bulimia, restrictive eating disorders, or compulsive overeating, there is help. It may be beneficial to contact a mental health professional and receive therapy for eating disorders. If you are in Manhattan, New York, feel free to call us at 212-722-1920 and if you are in Bergen County, New Jersey call us at the Paramus location, 201-368-3700 to make an appointment with one of our own therapists, counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists


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