What Anorexia Nervosa Is

A woman eats a cucumber as part of her anorexia treatment or anorexia nervosa treatmentMagnolia Creek provides comprehensive anorexia treatment. Experts define anorexia nervosa as:

  • Restriction of energy intake, resulting in significantly low body weight
  • Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat (despite having a significantly low body weight)
  • Disturbance in the experience of body weight or shape; undue influence of weight or shape on self-evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of low body weight

(adapted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition)

What We Treat

At Magnolia Creek, we treat both the restricting and binging/purging types of anorexia nervosa. With the binging/purging type, we also treat any associated exercise addiction as well as any laxative, diuretic, and enema abuse. In addition, we commonly treat co-occurring diagnoses. These include mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorders. We also treat co-occurring medical issues, such as gastroparesis, dehydration, bradycardia, edema, anemia, and hypotension.

Our Program Philosophy

Our program is comprehensive and strength-based, with a focus on self-acceptance, validation, and personal empowerment. It includes (up to) three individual sessions a week as well as approximately four psychoeducational groups each day. We also provide weekly meetings with the staff psychiatrist, psychologist, dietitian, medical team, and clinical director. Across all treatment methods, we incorporate elements of spirituality, mindfulness, nutrition, art, movement/exercise, and psychotherapy.

Goals for Therapy

While therapeutic goals for anorexia nervosa treatment can vary from client to client, our main goals include:

  • Eliminate eating disordered behaviors
  • Identify adaptive skills to cope with life stressors
  • Develop a healthy relationship with exercise
  • Restore weight (within ideal body weight range)
  • Establish healthy eating patterns a healthy relationship with food/fluids
  • Practice food-related life skills (including grocery shopping, menu planning, cooking, and appropriately portioning food)
  • Distinguish emotional and physical hunger/fullness cues
  • Identify and challenge food/body related cognitive distortions

Clinical Modalities

Our clinical anorexia treatment methods include the following:

  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Exposure and response prevention
  • Experiential and symbolic experiential therapy
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Narrative therapy
  • Symbolic modeling (metaphor) therapy
  • Reality therapy

Recommended Reading

  • Life Without ED by Jenni Schaffer and Thom Rutledge
  • Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends by Michelle Siegel
  • Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder by Johanna S. Kandel
  • The Body Betrayed by Kathryn J. Zerbe
  • Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling by Anita Johnston, PhD
  • 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb

Anorexia Treatment at Magnolia Creek

You don’t have to continue to battle anorexia alone. If you’d like to find out more about our anorexia treatment programs, simply pick up the phone and call. Our friendly staff is happy to assist you. You can reach us at 866-318-2329.