Anorexia Treatment.

Essay by whit809High School, 11th gradeA+, September 2003

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Anorexia Treatment

Here's a question, how would you feel if you found out that your friend had just committed suicide? How would you feel if you knew you could have stopped her/him from doing it years ago? That's what I call Anorexia Nervosa, suicide. In definition it's the deliberate self-starvation with intense weight loss. Patients have a persistent fear of gaining weight, they refuse to eat, their always on a diet, always exercising the list goes on and on all the way to excessive body/facial hair because of inadequate protein in their diet. Which comes to my last question why isn't this mental illness being taken more seriously? I want to know why the treatment of these patients aren't adequate nor effective the majority of the times, how they are expected to pay for it even when forced into treatment, and why our society isn't even trying to prevent it?

There are many types of treatment for people who suffer from anorexia nervosa: palliative care (active care without a cure), hospitalization, and psychiatric care, group therapy, to name a few.

Also many of the treatments are combined most common is a patient being hospitalized and then receiving therapy. Unfortunately these treatments have shown that they aren't very effective, only 50% of the patients treated are released or stop receiving care are labeled "cured" meaning they are at a safe weight (at least 85% of the normal weight for their height and age) and without showing more than a few symptoms of their illness which includes depression, fear of gaining weight, cutting themselves, the overwhelming urge to be in control of everything that surrounds them, mood swings...etc. So if a 5'4" women left a hospital weighing 107 lb. And showing signs of depression along with mood swings and still not...