When you need emergency care continued...
anorexia causes life-threatening medical problems, you
need urgent medical treatment. A hospital stay is needed for those who are seriously underweight or
who have severe medical problems. This can include several weeks in the hospital followed by outpatient treatment to monitor your progress. Treatment includes:
This can include treating medical problems it has caused, such as dehydration,
electrolyte imbalance, or heart problems. If you can't
eat, you are given your nutrition in fluid form.
Nutritional rehabilitation. The medical team helps you work
toward a healthier weight carefully and gradually, learn when your body is
hungry and full, and start healthy eating patterns.
Insurance coverage varies for inpatient treatment of
eating disorders. Check with your insurance carrier to learn about your
What to think about
Anorexia can be a lifelong illness.
Many people who have anorexia recover, some improve, and some have problems
with anorexia throughout their lives.
- People with anorexia who are young and who
start treatment early in their illness usually do well.
- Anorexia is
more difficult to treat when it has gone untreated for a long time.
Many people don't get treatment for mental health problems. You may not seek treatment because you think your symptoms are not bad enough or that you can work things out on your own. But
getting treatment is important.
If you need help deciding whether
to see your doctor, read about
some reasons why people don't get help and how to overcome them.