Anorexia nervosa is a serious mental health condition with symptoms that vary based on the length and severity of the condition. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the following symptoms are present in all diagnosed cases.
- Restriction of energy intake, resulting in significantly low body weight
- Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat (despite having a significantly low body weight)
- Disturbance in the experience of body weight or shape
- Undue influence of weigh or shape on self-evaluation
- Denial of the seriousness of low body weight
The symptoms of anorexia nervosa can be severe and, in some cases, deadly. Without treatment, between 5-20% of individuals with anorexia nervosa will die. With eating disorder treatment, this number decreases to 2-3%. Typically, anorexia nervosa appears in early to mid-adolescence, and it also disproportionately affects women.
Signs and Symptoms of Anorexia
Health Consequences of Anorexia
Anorexia Nervosa Treatment
Our highly skilled and experienced clinicians at our anorexia rehab center work closely with each client to create an individualized anorexia treatment plan based on their specific needs. Clients play a vital role in their anorexia recovery by setting realistic treatment goals that will address the underlying issues of their disorder.