Anorexia nervosa (AN) is characterized by restricted food consumption that leads to weight loss and a very low body weight.
People with AN also have a fear of gaining weight and a distorted view of their own appearance and behavior.
Treatment for AN involves a combination of talking therapy and supervised weight gain.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) will involve weekly sessions for up to 40 weeks (9 to 10 months), and 2 sessions a week in the first 2 to 3 weeks.
CBT involves talking to a therapist working with you to create a personalised treatment plan. Helping you to cope with your feelings, understanding nutrition and the effects of starvation, and making healthy food choices
Focal psychodynamic therapy is offered if you don't feel any other therapies are right for you or if they don't work.
During your treatment you will be given advice on healthy eating and your diet.
Family Therapy is offered to children and young people. You may also be offered adolescent-focused psychotherapy.
Family therapy involves you and your family talking to a therapist, exploring how anorexia has affected you and how your family can support you to get better.
Adolescent-focused psychotherapy will usually involve up to 40 sessions, and normally lasts between 12 and 18 months. The therapist will help you: cope with your fears about gaining weight, understand what you need to do to be healthy and understand the effect of under-eating.