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If your teen has been losing a lot of weight quickly, the first thing you should do is to take them to a doctor. They can rule out any medical issues that may be causing this. If no medical problems were found, then your teen may have an eating disorder. One common type of eating disorder is known as anorexia nervosa. Below are some signs and symptoms your teen will exhibit if they have this and treatment options that are available.
Anorexia Nervosa Signs and Symptoms
Anorexia nervosa generally starts in the teenage years. If a person with this disorder looks in full length mirror and they are already very skinny they will see their body as being very overweight. Your teen may also have obsessive compulsive symptoms. For example, they may hoard foods in their room, or constantly cut up foods in small pieces on their plate.
It is also common for someone with anorexia to know how many fat grams and calories are in a lot of different foods. You may notice your teen collects recipes or has a recipe book, offers to cook food for other people and watches a variety of cooking shoes. Your teen may also know the amount of calories a variety of activities burn, such as running, cycling, swimming, walking, etc.
Over time your teen will have a variety of health problems. This includes dizziness, tiredness, and weakness. This is because this disorder often causes low blood pressure. As the disorder progresses, your teen will have much more serious health issues, such as bone loss, which causes osteoporosis, weakened muscles around the heart, kidney disease, and liver disease. If no treatment is offered, your teen could have a heart attack which could lead to death.
There are a variety of treatment options available for your teen. No matter what you choose the professional will tailor a treatment plan for your child.
One type of treatment is known as Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). With this your child will be taught how to change thought patterns that are about anorexia into healthy thought patterns. In most cases, this will take many sessions to complete and other forms of treatment are often combined with CBT.
Another type of treatment is known as psychotherapy. A psychologist will use psychological methods to help understand your teen's thought patterns. Psychotherapy also involves teaching your teen how to cope with symptoms like stress and trouble with solving problems. The professional will likely consult with a dietitian to help come up with a healthy eating plan once your teen gets to the point where they will start eating much better again.
These are just a few treatment options that are available. Contact an eating disorder treatment center for more help.Share
5 December 2018