Anorexia Specialist

Mindful Urgent Care

Psychiatrists located in West Hempstead, NY & Midtown, New York, NY

Anorexia is a common, but misunderstood, mental health condition that leads to severely restricted eating and excessive exercise that results in dangerously low body weight. At Mindful Urgent Care in West Hempstead, Midtown, and the Financial District, in New York, the team of compassionate and experienced mental health care providers treats both men and women who live with anorexia. Call or schedule an appointment online today to get help for your symptoms.

Anorexia Q & A

What is anorexia?

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that causes a severely distorted body image and is characterized by extremely restricted eating habits. If you have anorexia, you may see yourself as overweight, even if you are thin or underweight.

While anorexia affects the way you see your body and your relationship with food, it’s far more complicated than a desire to be thin. Anorexia is often a way for you to take control of your life or deal with negative feelings regarding your self-worth or other issues.

What are the symptoms of anorexia?

Anorexia causes a variety of physical and behavioral symptoms. Some of the behavioral signs of anorexia include:

  • Severely restricted calorie intake
  • Excessive exercise
  • Skipping meals
  • Adopting rigid diets or mealtime rituals
  • Refusing to eat in public
  • Preoccupation with food
  • Social withdrawal
  • Using laxatives and vomiting to reduce calorie absorption

Some of the common physical signs of anorexia include:

  • Dangerously low body weight
  • Fatigue
  • Thin hair
  • Soft, downy hair on the skin
  • Dry, yellowish skin
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Amenorrhea
  • Intolerance of cold
  • Abnormal blood count
  • Irregular heart rhythm

If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or someone you love, schedule a consultation. When left untreated, anorexia can lead to severe health problems or premature death.

What causes anorexia?

The exact causes of anorexia aren’t fully understood, although psychiatrists and medical researchers believe there are biological, psychological, and environmental factors that contribute to the condition.

For example, if you have a family history of disordered eating, your chances of developing anorexia are higher. Similarly, if you’re genetically predisposed to characteristics such as perfectionism, perseverance, and sensitivity, you may develop anorexia.

You may also have psychological factors that contribute to the disorder, such as a tendency toward obsessive-compulsive behaviors or perfectionism. Extreme emotional distress and trauma can also lead to anorexia.

How is anorexia treated?

The team at Mindful Urgent Care offers compassionate and customized treatments for anorexia. While there is no medication specifically for anorexia or eating disorders, you may benefit from an antidepressant or mood-regulating drug. Your treatment includes therapy to help you explore and resolve the issues that contribute to your eating disorder.

You’ll also work toward restoring a healthy body weight and developing a more healthy relationship with food and exercise. Like other mental health conditions, treating anorexia can take time. Be patient and kind to yourself as you work with your provider toward a healthy and fulfilling life.

Call Mindful Urgent Care today or schedule a consultation online.

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