Anorexia Nervosa, also referred to as Anorexia, is a mental health condition and eating disorder that affects over 2 million men and women worldwide. It is characterised by severe weight loss that can cause various other medical problems and can become life threatening if left untreated.
The causes of anorexia are still unclear but like many other medical conditions, it is treatable. At Riverview Manor we understand that each person is different and because of this, need individualistic care. Therefore we provide a safe environment where professional treatment is adjusted to every patient’s needs.
What is Anorexia?
Anorexia is characterized by a desire to be thin or an irrational fear of being fat. People with anorexia have a distorted view of themselves and often have the perception that they are ‘fat’ even though they are not.
They weigh themselves regularly and would most probably deny having a problem if asked. Some will also exercise excessively and vomit after meals or use laxatives to enhance weight loss.
What can trigger anorexia?
Causes of anorexia are still unknown, but cultural factors definitely play a role. In societies where thinness is valued anorexia is more common.
Dancing, modelling and other activities in which thinness is considered important can create an atmosphere in which obsessions with weight can flourish and eating disorders, such as anorexia, can develop.
It can also be triggered by major life changes and stress inducing events. It should be noted that there is a possibility that previous disorder may increase the vulnerability of a person developing anorexia.
What are the signs and symptoms of anorexia?
Someone with anorexia might display various signs and can go through great lengths in order to hide their behaviour from friends and family. Some signs may include:
- Lying about when and what they have eaten
- A rapid loss in weight to about 15% under normal bodyweight
- Skipping meals, eating very little and only eating certain foods
- Fanatical about counting calories and weighing themselves regularly
- Vomiting after meals
- Consuming appetite suppressants and laxatives or diuretics
- Changes in the menstrual cycle or cycles stopping completely
- Hair become brittle and skin can become yellow and unhealthy-looking
- Intolerance to cold can develop as the body temperature could drop in order to conserve energy
- Chronic fatigue
Evidence has shown that the earlier intervention and treatment starts, the more effective it will be.
- Restoring a healthy weight
- Treating the psychological disorder related to the illness
- Reducing or eliminating behaviour that originally led to the eating disorder
Why choose Riverview Manor?
Riverview’s programme is psychotherapeutically-based and incorporates traditional and modern approaches. It is constantly updated to maintain relevance and in keeping with the latest research findings.
We have a dedicated team of specialists, which include psychologists, a general practitioner, a dietician, an occupational therapist, spiritual counsellors, consulting psychiatrist and an experienced nursing staff that ensures each person gets the necessary tools to guide them on their road to recovery.
How to enrol in the program
If you wish to contact Riverview Manor regarding an inquiry or wish to enrol in our programme you can contact us on 033 710 1911, or you can click here to contact us.