Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

Weight gain is the primary goal of treatment for anorexia nervosa. Those with anorexia must reach a healthy weight through nutritional therapy. A dietician can help provide education and suggest meal plans. A person needs to be monitored carefully, in order to make sure that the condition is not worsening. A person with severe anorexia nervosa may require emergency treatment and admission to the hospital.

Additional treatment for anorexia nervosa includes a combination of individual mental health counseling and group therapy. Medications may be used to treat underlying psychiatric problems, such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety. However, there are no specific medications for the treatment of anorexia nervosa.

Treatment for anorexia nervosa may include:

Anorexia Nervosa Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of anorexia nervosa.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for an eating disorder?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Anorexia Nervosa Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat anorexia nervosa:

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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