No single cause has been identified for Anorexia Nervosa. There is still more research that may need to be done to help identify causes. It has been found that anorexia is due to a number of factors such as biological, environmental and psychological.
Between 33-50% of people suffering with anorexia are also suffering from a mood disorder such as anxiety disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder.
An individual may develop anorexia nervosa as a way of having control in a difficult environment where they feel they have no control.
Genetic factors may be part of it, as between 50-80% of the risk of anorexia is thought to potentially be genetic.
Some of the potential risk factors are:
Treatment should focus on the whole person, and will most likely include things like psychology, medication, family counseling and nutritional counseling.
It can be very difficult for someone with anorexia to accept that they have a problem. This is often the hardest part to take that first step of acceptance in the journey of recovery.
Treatment is often long-term as it takes time to change these thoughts and behaviors, and there may be relapses. However, with the right health professionals around you and good family or friend support, you can make a way forward and improve your health.
At The Center • A Place of HOPE there are caring and experienced health professionals that are able to help you or a loved one through this journey and help you to recover from this disease. They can help you to take steps forward and begin to change your life for the better.
Anorexia nervosa is a serious illness and you do need to reach out and seek help for yourself or for a loved one.
Call us now at 888.771.5166 to get help.