Anorexia Nervosa. A cruel illness that comes as a consequence of severe mental states in a person due to accumulated stress, traumatic experiences, depression … It is manifested through an emotional lack of will for eating, no appetite and drastic loss of body weight. Often, the public will not recognize the need to provide help to a person struggling with such a problem, because they will not be identified it as a disease but as a condition or way of life. Unfortunately, the person who struggles will respond to this in the most negative possible way, by creating a disorder that carries a risk for health and even for life. Eating disorders are increasingly present among today’s generations. Anorexia is a massive problem for young people who require serious and long-term treatment. Even if we can say that the treatment of anorexia nervosa is mainly successful with the full recovery, every fifth person will turn this disorder into a chronic illness, whose symptoms are continually returning.
Certain factors can impair complete recovery from anorexia. They will affect the patient’s therapy and future condition, causing permanent health risks, severe mental states and, in some cases, death. Therefore, we should be aware of certain limiting elements when it comes to the fight against anorexia nervosa. If you notice the presence of any of these factors in person you are concerned about, and in which healing you are participating, you must point them out and help to eliminate them.
Duration of illness
The environment must recognize the first and early symptoms of anorexia. Very often, especially in adolescence, parents, caregivers, and other people around the child do not notice or neglect the first symptomatic condition. Their longer duration leads to the risk of turning a disorder into a chronic one. The focus is even more on the development of anorexia nervosa in girls, while this eating disorder is somewhat ignored in men, or is not recognized as such.
Unfortunately, many patients with the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa have already suffered from depression before the development of this disorder. It is often developed in parallel, and the indicator is that a person, after treatment, due to other mental conditions, such as depression, will be prone to the symptoms of chronic anorexia again. In this case, it is necessary to provide adequate anti-depressive therapy to the person.
The support we can get from loved ones, especially parents, is a huge factor in recovering from anorexia. Bad relationships with parents are not only a significant cause of such disorders but can contribute to getting them into chronic illnesses. It is therefore essential to recognize when family conflicts are becoming crises and can pose dangerous triggers. It is necessary to apply family therapy if there are will and cooperation.
Studies have shown that patients who develop anorexia nervosa more likely to develop an obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD. The onset of this second mental problem in a person reduces the results of the treatment of anorexia.
It’s never too late to seek help
Recognizing the symptoms is hard. When you get a picture of what really got you, you think it’s too late. Trouble never travels alone. In addition to anorexia, you are likely to develop another mental or behavioral disorder. All this is devastating to your health and life. Worse, even when you ask for help, people will not take you seriously. Often, dangerous diseases stay hidden behind a fresh and smiling face for a long time. But don’t give up. As complicated as possible, the anorexia nervosa is curable. Step by step, day by day. You have to get rid of the big load that you carry with you and learn to heal and feel better with yourself. Remember, asking for help is the most significant step, and you are already on the right path.