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Anorexia nervosa treatment

Anorexia nervosa is a severe eating disorder that is characterised by an obsession with being thin, an irrational fear of gaining weight and a distorted body image. People with anorexia are fixated on keeping their weight as low as possible, and often achieve this by engaging in unhealthy behaviours such as starving themselves, making themselves vomit after eating, and exercising excessively. 

At Priory, we understand that anorexia can have a devastating impact on all areas of an individual’s life and can cause a wide array of long-term problems. We also recognise that it can be particularly difficult to accept that you have anorexia, and seeking assistance can be a confusing and very daunting experience for both yourself, and those who are closest to you.

However, the good news is that anorexia nervosa is treatable and you don’t have struggle on your own; we can offer you professional advice and treatment, which is personalised according to your unique needs and personal experiences. Our team of psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and other highly qualified eating disorder experts are able to deliver individually tailored anorexia treatment at our specialist hospitals and wellbeing centres, empowering you to address the causes and underlying triggers for your unhealthy eating habits, address your dysfunctional behaviours, and ultimately, improve your health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Expert treatment teams, and environments dedicated to recovery

Our eating disorder treatment teams possess a wealth of clinical expertise in treating anorexia, and are able to deliver a wide variety of established therapeutic techniques to help you to tackle your anorexia symptoms, and reduce your unhealthy eating habits. At Priory, we recognise that eating disorders are complex conditions and are unique to each individual. As such, we tailor our eating disorder and anorexia treatment programmes to meet the personal needs of each patient, offering specialised therapy on a flexible and bespoke basis. We ensure that each individual who seeks help for anorexia with us is involved in all decisions that are made about their care, and is placed at the heart of their treatment and recovery journey, resulting in the most positive individual outcomes. Our specialised treatment settings are highly supportive and compassionate, and provide the perfect setting in which to address your challenges, receive world class therapy, and take steps towards achieving a full and sustainable recovery.

It is important to recognise that without professional and timely treatment for anorexia nervosa, the condition has the potential to become increasingly more severe over time and can continue to have a profoundly negative effect on multiple areas of your life, including performance at work or school, relationships with friends and family, and your overall health. Anorexia can also result in a whole host of serious physical health issues if it is allowed to persist, and can even result in death. Therefore, whilst seeking psychological treatment for anorexia nervosa can seem like a daunting prospect, it is the most important step that you can take to overcome this debilitating eating disorder.

Treatment for anorexia nervosa at Priory

At Priory, we are dedicated to providing personalised anorexia nervosa treatment and therapy, gradually helping you to develop a healthier relationship with food, acquire effective strategies to help you to cope, improve your self-esteem, resolve the underlying issues that may be contributing to your anorexia, and empower you to identify anorexia triggers. Over the years, we have helped thousands of people to create the necessary changes, enabling them to challenge their anorexia and take steps towards a healthy, happy and more fulfilling life.

Crisis care at Priory

Priory’s customer service team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that those in crisis gain access to the best possible support, as quickly as possible. The specialist teams at our residential facilities can help to stabilise those in need of immediate assistance for their anorexia or other mental health concerns.

This page was clinically reviewed by Dr Pippa Hugo (MBChB, MRCPsych) in July 2018, and is scheduled to be reviewed again in July 2020. To view all Priory anorexia specialists, please click here.

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