The goal is to return to and keep a healthy weight. A healthy weight is above 85% of your ideal weight. The intake of calories is slowly added to. For serious anorexia, care may start in a hospital.
This can be done with:
You will learn how to eat a healthful diet. You will also learn what your healthy weight and calorie goals are.
This can help address harmful thought patterns, help you gain weight, and make you feel better about yourself. There are many different types of therapy. You may need more than one type:
Cognitive behavioral therapy
(CBT). CBT helps you learn to handle stress. You will change how you think. This will help you gain control of your feelings. You will also find out the cause of the problems you’re having.
—To help you learn and cope with concerns about the people in your life.
Family—Families tend to play a role in eating disorders. Many people can't get better unless their families help with making changes. They will learn about anorexia and how to support you.
Medicines will depend on other problems you may have. The most common are:
Antidepressants—To balance brain chemicals. They are not useful without counseling.
Vitamins and minerals to keep up adequate nutrition.
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