What is Anorexia?
- Anorexia Nervosa is characterised by extreme food restriction, low body weight and an intense fear of gaining weight.
- It can occur in both males and females
- In females, menstruation will likely have ceased.
- As the illness progresses, people with anorexia develop more obsessive or rigid ways of thinking and behaving, and become more committed to extreme dieting – for example meticulous calorie counting, refusing food or fluids and having extremely strict ‘food rules’.
- People who experience this type of eating disorder often exercise excessively and may also engage in other dangerous behaviours that they believe will assist them to lose weight (for example, self-induced vomiting or laxative use).
- Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and it leads to a whole range of physical and psychological health problems.
Treatment for Anorexia
The good news is that recovery from anorexia is possible, even if you have been living with the illness for many years! The path to recovery can be long and challenging, however with the right team supporting you and a high level of commitment, recovery is an achievable goal.
All of the Clinical Psychologists at Shape Your Mind are experts in the treatment of eating disorders and have extensive experience with inpatient, day patient and outpatient settings. We also work with very experienced dietitians, GPs and psychiatrists, as a team approach tends to give the best possible outcomes.
The cost of individual sessions is $215. With a referral from your GP. Medicare offers a significant rebate for 10 sessions per year.
*Medicare will not offer a rebate for Skype or phone sessions at this stage.
Shape Your Mind offers face-to-face treatment in their Sydney clinic, or via Skype.
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