Anorexia and treatment is a major concern for anyone who has a loved one with an eating disorder. Before you can begin treatment, there are a few things you need to understand.
Eating disorders are not genetic, they are developed through years of misinformation. Therefore the best treatment for eating disorder is to unlearn it, not just by action, but by changing the thought process. The sooner this begins, the better chance of full recovery.
As with every self-destructive behaviour, the first step is admitting that there is a problem. The sooner this happens, the easier it will be to stop it.
Psychotherapy is usually the first step, but not always the best one. Therapists always seem to want to find some deep seated, underlying cause for the behaviour. The patient is told that they are not alone and that there are others who also have the same problem.
But would that make you feel better? If you were dying of cancer, would it be a comfort to know that others are dying, too? Probably not. This does little to address the problem here and now.
Group therapy is often a recommended form of treatment, but this also comes with a risk. While this treatment often helps a person initially, it is usually only effective if you remain in the group. People who leave the group often fall back into their former, destructive habits. While finances are secondary to ones health, this can get rather expensive over time.
There are two main factors to treatment for eating disorders. One is the level of commitment. You must admit that there is a problem and be willing to make a change.
Two is the strategies used to overcome the disorder. Dramatic changes can cause a great deal of anxiety. What can be done to deal with this?
The quickest way to recovery is to find more productive ways to deal with the stresses of everyday life. It is crucial to maintain your personal growth by changing your behaviours.
The best treatment for eating disorder is a home-based recovery program that works in conjunction with the therapist. You must be consistent, making sure the program is clear and being followed every day, between sessions.